Andrew Becherer's Website (http://andrew.becherer.org/)
Andrew Becherer's Weblog (http://andrew.becherer.org/blog)
Andrew Becherer is a Security Consultant with iSec Partners. He brings a diverse skill set from the financial, education and non-profit sectors. He has 3 years of experience in computer security regulatory compliance in the financial sector.
While working in the fincancial sector Mr. Becherer assited in the creation and implementation of policy bringing a large Visa/MasterCard merchant portfolio into compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. He assisted merchants, with a wide range of IT deployments, in documenting compliance with the new security standard. During this period he identified business process inefficiencies and automated those processes through the use of various technologies.
During his studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Mr. Becherer served as a liaison between the Institute of Technology and Pacific Northwest regional open source technology groups. He demonstrated the use of open source network security and penetration testing tools for network security students. He developed several behavior based mobile robots, which we able to emulate animal foraging behavior, avoid obstacles, sense environmental variables such as light. Robots of this design would be useful in a number of industrial applications such as abandoned ordinance detection, litter abatement or environmental surveys. One of his robots was later selected by the Institute of Technology for use during a recruiting event.
Mr. Becherer recently left his post as the President of the student Association of Computing Machinery at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Formerly he was on the board of the Tacoma Linux Users Group (Taclug) and continues to be an organizing member. Mr. Becherer lectures for a number regional technology groups on topics including open source network security tools, embedded Linux applications and mobile robotics. He will be presenting at the 2008 Linuxfest Northwest conference on how organizations can utilize commercial cloud computing resources to operate their IT infrastructures more efficiently.
Security is a subject of great interest to Mr. Becherer. In addition to his educational outreach work with regional open source groups he is a member of several nationally recognized security organizations. These organizations include the FBI InfraGard and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Through events sponsored by these organizations Mr. Becherer stays current with emerging information security threats.
Mr. Becherer received a B.S. in Computing and Software Systems from the University of Washington, Tacoma in December 2007 and holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in History from the University of Kentucky.