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Rick Hidalgo

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Rick is a Staff Cyber Security Analyst for Northrop Grumman and has over 20 years of experience in various professional roles and fields.
Rick started his career as far from InfoSec as possible: as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist in the USAF. He had the opportunity to cross-train into a field that allowed him to perform client support and Information Assurance duties, which then enabled him to take a position with the Department of Defense (DoD). While with the DoD, Rick performed network and endpoint analysis, adversary emulation, and conducted cyber operations as an interactive operator as part of a Red Team. Rick has had the privilege of experiencing a broad range of technical fields, including network analysis, intrusion detection, penetration testing, malware analysis, reverse engineering, and digital forensics. 
Rick is passionate about educating and mentoring future InfoSec professionals. He has volunteered as a Red Team member for the CyberPatriot National Finals for the past 4 years, and also volunteers for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) Red Team. Rick was also an adjunct professor for a local community college, where he helped coached a cyber competition team and taught computer science courses. He is still active in cyber competitions, and takes the opportunity mentor and help other students grow in the field. Rick also performs independent consulting services and is a security researcher/bug bounty hunter with the SynAck Red Team. He has also taught short workshops at Unallocated Space, a local hackerspace, and presented at BSides Boise.
Rick holds his Bachelors in Cybersecurity from UMUC, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Cybersecurity from Excelsior College. He also holds a number of professional certifications, including GCIH, GAWN, GCFA, GCIA, GPEN, GXPN, and CISSP.

Upcoming Courses Taught By Rick Hidalgo
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Mentor Session Columbia, MD
Apr 18, 2020 -
May 16, 2020

*Course contents may vary depending upon location, see specific event description for details.