Anthony Roper

Computer Security Research
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Anthony Edward "Tony" Roper
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Attributes
  • Passionate about all aspects of computing, particularly security.
  • Has a great thirst for new knowledge.
  • Has many years of varied computing experience.
  • Quickly masters new skills.
  • Can work well in a team or as an individual.
  • Has a good sense of humour.
  • Always very polite.
  • Enjoys dealing with the public.
  • Very efficiently writes detailed reports.

Education
Places of study:
University of Abertay, Dundee (2010 - 2014)
  • (First Class)Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures BSc (Hons)

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith (2003-2010):
  • 4 A-levels + 1 up to AS:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Music
    • General Studies
    • Maths (AS)
  • 10 and a half GCSEs at grades A-C

Experience
  • I have more than 10 years worth of experience operating and administrating Microsoft Windows, from windows 3.1 to windows 8, and related software such as Microsoft Office. Including limited experience working with Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
  • I have 7~8 years worth of extensive experience working with various linux distros, particularly Arch Linux, and Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu and Backtrack.
  • Also, I have 7~8 years worth of experience designing websites for various markets, such as personal blogs, gaming clan websites, and event websites, using a combination of HTML (4 and 5), CSS (2 and 3), and PHP, with experience of JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX, and MySQL. Every time I design a new website I learn a great deal, and the final result is of a high quality due to my great belief in peer-reviewed code, and the fact that I hold the knowledge required to assess their security before letting the final version go live.
  • Partly due to my University education, and partly due to my own exploration in my own time in the last 10 years, I have understanding of a wide range of of Computer Science topics, from Cisco Networking to Network Protocols, from Computer Architecture to Operating Systems.
  • From administrating and moderating various forums, I have experience of administration and moderation experience on PHPBB, IP.Board and other forum board types. For example, moderating on Nexuiz Forums as a volunteer in my spare time.
  • I am part of the organising committee for the relatively new security conference "Securi-TAY", which is hosted at the university of Abertay. Speakers from around the UK, and the rest of Europe, come to discuss computer security and to give talks upon their specialist subject areas, in the hopes that they may teach others. Last year was a great success and I am involved in organising the next. As well as having a hand in organisation, I designed the logos and the first version of the website single-handedly for the first year that the conference ran, and I'm now part of the web development team for future years.

Employment
Various - The Punchbowl Inn & Restaurant, Askham (2009-2010)
  • While being employed at The Punchbowl Inn, I used my information security experience to identify vulnerabilities and implement countermeasures to protect valuable personal and commercial information. Countermeasures included such things as updating operating systems, analysing virus scan and firewall logs, training staff in the basics of computer security, removing viruses from infected systems, and recovering lost passwords.

Summer Intern - MWR Infosecurity, Basingstoke (June 2013-August 2013)
  • While employed by MWR, I developed internal software for daily use, and created testing environments and equipment to assist in testing mobile devices. I also tested, and learned a great deal about the security of, android devices. On top of this, I assisted in the completion of penetration tests, code reviews and various other security tests for clients.

Software Security Specialist(June 2014-Present)
  • I undertake various projects on behalf of NCR Corproration.

Background & Personal Interests
  • From a very young age, I've always been very interested in computers and understanding how they work. When I encountered my first computer (a BBC Acorn computer which we were very lucky to end up with at home) I was thrilled. I would spend hour upon hour working with the software, and attempting to find out how it worked. This continues, in a way, in the present day: in my spare time I still love to pick apart technology and understand how it works at as low a level as possible in my spare time. I even go out of my way to use the computer labs for extra-curricular activities in my own time. I love all aspects of computing with a passion.
  • I also repair and use computers and other technology in my spare time.
  • Alongside this, my other interests are quite varied: I love to play videogames on PC or PS3. Particularly puzzler games, suspense horror FPS games and fast-paced FPS games which require the player being able to "think-on-your-feet". For example, I love "Quake", "Nexuiz" and "Amnesia: The Dark Descent".
  • I love to watch suspense horror films, especially those which leave the viewer to their own interpretation of the portrayed events like easter horror films (such as "ringu"), and action films too. I enjoy a lot of world cinema.
  • I regularly read from my kindle. I read non-fiction and fiction titles alike. Some examples of books I have read recently are: "Reversing: The secrets of Reverse engineering" By Eldad Eilam, "Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking" by Christopher Hadnagy, "Nethergame" by Drew Wilcox, and the computing magazine "2600: The Hackers Quarterly".
  • I also enjoy socialising with my friends by relaxing in a local coffee shop, strolling in local parks, and visiting the cinema or other entertainment venues.
  • I am also quite musical, and spend a lot of time singing and making music. I love jazz and a-capella in particular, and used to be a lead soloist in a choir during 6th form.

  • Thank you for taking the time to read my CV.