At RedTeam Security, we pride ourselves on appreciating awesome people and bringing together a great group of innovative thinkers who can come up with new ways to effectively solve security issues. We’ve recently added two members to our team of security professionals, and wanted to welcome them by sharing a little about these latest additions to our roster.

Matt Nelson joins us as Strategic Coordinator and Trevor McDonald is a new Security Consultant.

Matt’s Luck Leads To IT Security

Matt comes to RedTeam with a background in IT and IT security sales. He’s a Certified Inside Sales Professional (CISP) with a BBA in Marketing from Concordia University in St. Paul (go Golden Bears!). He found his way into a security career by “complete luck,” he says.

“It was an industry that was of interest to me. I was able to move into it several years ago.”

It’s a challenge to stay current, in a forever evolving industry, but at RedTeam he says “I am surrounded by very intelligent consultants who are always willing to share knowledge.”

Matt’s also excited to work for a company that is not beholden to investors and showing them a return. Along with great people he works with every day, he gets to interact with great clients. “Decisions are made solely with the client in mind,” he says. “Clients take priority over everything else.”

Trevor Breaks Out Of His Comfort Zone

Trevor McDonald holds an Associate’s in Computer Forensics from Century College (where he was also a member of the Arabic club!). He’d been planning to continue his education at Metro State, but landed a well-paying IT job and decided to go with real-world experience instead.

“No regrets about that,” he says. “But when I retire, I would love to go back for some non-IT degree, possibly medical or psychology related.”

Before joining RedTeam, Trevor was the de-facto “security guy” at Nagios, which does network monitoring and alerting software. He started as a support tech in late 2013, then in early 2015 took over management of the support team.  In late 2017, he moved into a DevOps role in which he was actively involved in security testing for products and working with any third-party reporters who might have findings to submit.

He’s spent a lot of time doing Capture The Flags (CTFs) and playing around with lab environments. He also runs the local DefCon group DC612 in the Twin Cities, related to the world’s longest running and largest underground hacking conference, which meets monthly to discuss the latest security trends, recruit, and generally network and have fun.

Eventually he set up an LLC for doing consulting work and landed a few small pentest/vulnerablility assessment jobs which taught him report writing and interfacing with clients. You can follow him on twitter @tactifail #infosec.

Trevor is not ‘all tech, all the time,’ though. At home he enjoys cooking and reading — at least for now, since he’ll be welcoming his first child in October.

He’s jumped in feet first at RedTeam and is learning quickly. He says he’s looking forward to having security be his full-time job.

“It will be fun to do this basically all day — even the reports are something I look forward to (for now).  This job will give me the opportunity to really sharpen my skills and get out of my comfort zone.”

RedTeam’s Roster Can Help You

Moving outside of the comfort zone is part of RedTeam’s culture. We don’t want automatons who thrive in the typical 9-5 culture. Diversity, new ideas, open minds, innovation and delivering exceptional service experiences hit the top of our list.

If you want a client’s perspective, check out this review from one of our satisfied clients. And, if you’d like to take the next step in working with us, simply click below and book a time for an introductory meeting.