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Rick Hidalgo

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Rick is a Security Engineer for G2, Inc and has over 15 years of experience in the IT field, with 5 years specifically in InfoSec. Rick started his career as far from InfoSec as possible: as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist in the USAF. Mr. Hidalgo had the opportunity to cross-train into a field that allowed him to perform client support and Information Assurance duties, which then allowed him to take a position with the Department of Defense (DoD). While with the DoD, Mr. Hidalgo performed network and endpoint analysis, performed adversary emulation and conducted cyber operations as an interactive operator as part of a Red Team. Mr. Hidalgo 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. Mr. Hidalgo is passionate about educating and mentoring future InfoSec professionals. Rick has volunteered as a Red Team member for the CyberPatriot National Finals for the past 3 years, and recently joined 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. Rick is still active in cyber competitions, and takes the opportunity mentor and help other students grow in the field. He also performs independant consulting services and is a security researcher with the SynAck Red Team. Mr. Hidalgo 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, GCFE, GCFA, GCIA, GPEN, and CISSP.