Simon Edward Ward
Date of birth: 18 December 1981
Westpoint Limited, Manchester
Senior Operations Consultant: Operating, maintaining, and enhancing the vulnerability assessment and web application testing services provided by the company. Security research, keeping track of security vulnerabilities, and developing and updating test sets. Administration of systems and ancillary services. Providing support for the services to customers, and advising on security issues and policies.
My role has involved security testing for and consulting with clients ranging from SMEs to major multi-national corporations. I have helped overcome challenges such as testing sites in virtual hosting and cloud-based environments, and remotely testing private networks.
I am a qualiﬁed Approved Scanning Vendor employee, approved to perform PCI Data Security Scans. I reviewed and implemented many of the changes to our infrastructure and worked with others on policies and procedures in order to meet the requirements for ASVs and scanning solutions.
I am responsible for system administration, and implementation of security policies, and develop tools to facilitate the operation of our services. I have built up an extensive knowledge of our systems, tools, and report generation, and am one of the ﬁrst points of contact for colleagues.
I generated test cases for an in-house tool that checks the validity of x.509 certiﬁcates used for TLS and SSL. This led to the discovery of a weakness when validating wildcard certiﬁcate common names found in multiple web browsers.
Nov 2004—Sep 2005
Central Manchester CLC, Manchester
Software Developer: Responsible for system and network administration. Extending an online version of action plans used in schools. Developing a system to present pupil performance summaries.
Dec 2004—Feb 2005
Streamline Studios, Purmend, The Netherlands
Software Developer (oﬀ‐site): Developing parts of a web‐based project and task management software. Creating a client‐side task‐oriented front‐end for developers.
Aug 2002—Sep 2004
Park Hall Properties, Manchester
Network Administrator: Setup a local area network for a university hall of residence, with a netﬁlter (iptables) based ﬁrewall, basic QoS, and dnsmasq for DHCP and DNS forwarding.
Sep 2000—Jun 2004
The University of Manchester, Manchester
B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science (Result: 2.1)
Project: Regular Expressions and Finite State Automata
Course modules studied in the subject areas of: Computer systems and networks, database systems, formal methods, software engineering, and professional issues.
Sep 1998—Jun 2000
Oldham Sixth Form College, Oldham
GCE A‐Levels: Computing (B), Mathematics (B), and Further Mathematics (D).
Sep 1993—Jun 1998
Royton & Crompton Secondary School, Oldham
GCSEs: 8 at grades A*—C including Mathematics (A*), Science (BB), and English (C).
I took part in the UK Mathematical Challenge and achieved gold and “Best in School” certiﬁcates. At school, I assisted in the running of an “I.T. lunchtime club”–working as part of a team, I helped other pupils learn how to use computers eﬀectively. At university, I was a leader in the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) scheme, which involved mentoring ﬁrst year students and providing help with course materials.
I like working with, and have contributed to, free software, and am an active member of the local free software and GNU/Linux users groups. I am interested in cryptography and key distribution, especially in distributed models such as OpenPGP’s ‘web of trust’. I enjoy casual cycling, socialisng, and reading, particularly science ﬁction.
Available on request.