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Tommy McCullough MS Cybersecurity Student || CyberCorps Scholar

About Me

I'm a technologist with a passion for people. Currently at UNC Charlotte as an early-entry graduate student studying cybersecurity.

Outside of school, I am a passionate Philadelphia sports fan. I enjoy playing chess, travelling, and taking photos.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

I enrolled at UNC Charlotte in the Fall 2016 semester to study Computer Science. After exploring interests in web development, big data, analytics, etc., I chose a focus in security.

In early 2019, I was accepted into graduate school to simultaneously pursue a Master's Degree in Cybersecurity, alongside my Bachelor's in Computer Science.

This past summer I received a full academic scholarship from the National Science Foundation. The CyberCorps Federal Scholarship for Service is designed to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for employment in the federal government. This prestigious award will support me through the completion of graduate school.

My expected graduation dates are May 2020 with a BS Computer Science followed by May 2021 with a MS Cybersecurity.

Product Security Engineer, Honeywell

During Summer 2019 I worked with the Product Security team at Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions in Atlanta, GA.

At Honeywell, I learned industry standard practices for securing new product introductions. I wrote training and documentation for SD Elements; an external tool used to help project managers proactively create and implement their own security requirements at early stages in the agile software development life cycle. This assignment helped me learn the uses, purpose, and importance of security requirements in secure software development.

I spent time Threat Modeling various products, and gained experience using industry-standard tools for this practice. I also learned about open-source scanning, binary scanning, static and dynamic analysis, final security reviews, as well as other common security practices.

The rest of my summer was spent doing research. While I spent a lot of that time expanding my own security knowledge, I was able to deliver research in emerging technologies such as using Blockchain as a form of Decentralized Public Key Infrastructure to verify machine identity.

I'm very thankful to my mentors at Honeywell who not only helped me expand my technical skillset, but provided me valuable career guidance. I am very confident that this experience will lay a strong foundation for my future career in cybersecurity.

Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici - Roma

I spent the Fall 2018 semester abroad in Rome, Italy. During my time at LdM, I studied Italian Language as well as Roman history, art, architecture, and culture. I spent much of the semester doing undergraduate research into the empirical period of Ancient Rome, with extensive projects on the Castel Sant'Angelo, Emperor Nero, and Roman Triumphal Arches.

I also had the opportunity to travel around Europe, meeting people of all different types of diverse backgrounds and cultures. After returning to UNC Charlotte, I began volunteering as a Peer Advisor with the Office of Education Abroad, promoting international programs and assisting prospective students in their quest to study abroad. In August 2019, I was promoted to Senior Peer Advisor.

What's Next?

This semester, I am focusing my security related studies on Penetration Testing, Computer Forensics, and Security Analytics. I am also actively searching for a Summer 2020 internship that will meet the service requirements of my CyberCorps Federal Scholarship for Service.

I will be attending the 20th Annual UNC Charlotte Cybersecurity Symposium on October 9th. This event is the largest of its kind in the region, gathering over 600 security professionals on-campus for a variety of speaking engagements, networking opportunities, and workshops.

"Say not always what you know, but always know what you say." Claudius

Get in touch:

Email: tmccull9@uncc.edu

©2019 Thomas A. McCullough III

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