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Published Works of Thomas Wilhelm

About Thomas Wilhelm

My name is Thomas Wilhelm, and this is my story…

I began my career in Information Security in the U.S. Army in 1990, where I was trained as a Signals Intelligence Analyst.  Over the next eight years, I studied the Russian language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and attended the Cryptologic Cryptanalyst Course at Goodfellow AFB, in Texas.  During that time, I did some cool things, some boring things, and a lot of stuff involving hush-hush information.

Fast forwarding a bit, I eventually began working with information systems and software sold to three-letter organizations.  During that time I moved from doing system security and training into an Information System Security Officer at a publicly-traded corporation.  Throw some project design work and policy designs, and mix it all together and you have the next five years of my life.

The next step was in a Fortune 50 company, doing more project work along with architecture and system design assessments.  However, the coolest part of my job is participating and leading penetration testing projects against state-of-the-art systems and network architectures. I’ve been doing this for the last four years, and am loving every day of it.

As if this wasn’t enough, I also seem to be a full-time student.  I was awarded a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science in 2004, and a Masters of Science in Management in 2007.  I am currently a Doctoral student studying Information Technology, with a concentration in Information Assurance and Security at a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education,” as designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Quite a mouthful, but quite rewarding.  I have picked up the following certifications as well:  ISSMP CISSP SCSECA SCNA SCSA IEM IAM.

As a way of giving back to the Information Security industry, I teach Information System Security at a local technical college to both undergraduates as well as graduates.  I have also spoken at multiple security conferences across the United States, including DefCon and H.O.P.E. If you happen to be in the Colorado Springs area, make sure you also swing by and visit the first “Mobile Hacker Space” I started in 2008.

I started Heorot.net in 2007, in order to provide training in the Information Security and Penetration Testing field to the masses.  Based off the De-ICE PenTest LiveCDs, these training courses teach hacking techniques and project managment skills to beginner and expert alike.  During that time I have started multiple projects besides the PenTest LiveCDproject, including the Hackerdemia project, which is intended to provide step-by-step tutorials on how to use various PenTest tools against a real-world target - again using a LiveCD.

And now you know most of what has shaped my current career.  Thanks for reading.