Joshua Hamlin

About Me

Certifications and Training

  • CompTIA A+ Certified (2022)

  • Acronis Cloud Tech Foundation Certified (2021)

  • PC Pro Certified (2018)

  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate trained

  • CompTIA Pentest+ trained

  • Kali Linux Certified Professional trained

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High School Senior Project

Cyber Security has been a dedicated passion of mine for the past 4 years, and in 2019, I was given the opportunity to present that passion. The video to the left is my presentation to a panel of judges who ended up giving me a scholarship because they thought my project was a cool idea and well presented. If you would like to watch it, you can just click on the picture.

For my project, I decided to exploit the security of a Motorola cell phone running Android 9.0. At the time, it was the most current version of android. What this exploit allowed me to do was view text messages, apps, call logs, system files, and access the camera. And I could do this all without the phone's user knowing.

Since I was still pretty new to penetration testing at the time, the methods used were very amateur. For starters, my laptop and phone had to be connected to the same network, and I didn't have to use any sort of social engineering to get the exploitation app onto the phone. But I have continued to improve upon this project, and now I am able to do this while on different networks and by using social engineering to get the app onto the user's phone.

This was the first opportunity that I had to show my skills in this field, and I am very proud about what I was able to achieve at my first attempt and how much I have improved in the past 2 years of doing this.


Eagle Scout

The video to my left was created using pictures taken throughout my Boy Scouts career and was shown at my Eagle Scout Banquet when I earned the rank of Eagle Scout. These are some of the best memories that I have, and the experiences that I have had through the years are irreplaceable ❤

Eagle Scout Service Project

In order to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must complete a service project that benefits the community. For my project, I was given the opportunity to build a wheelchair ramp for an elderly gentleman who was in a horrible car accident and was left paralyzed from the waste down.

This was truly and amazing experience because I was not only able to help someone who was really struggling, but I was also able to demonstrate what being an Eagle Scout really is.

The project consisted of planning, communication, budgeting, and leadership. It was a little scary at first since it was the first time I was in charge of a big project, but I had some help from some really incredible leaders within the Boy Scouts and my church who were able to guide me in the right direction.

Network Design Team

Every year, Whitmer High School participates in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) conference that takes place at the University of Toledo. Schools from all across Ohio are invited to present their project to a panel of judges of whom determine the winner of the competitions.

The specific competition that I was interested in was the Network Design Team competition. My high school only allowed students that were a part of the Computer Networking Career Technology Program to participate in this competition.

The competition was to design a network for a fake local bank that wanted to grow their business. They wanted to expand from 1 location to 4 total locations with the original location acting as their head of operations. My team was to design and implement a strategy to expand the bank's network infrastructure while maintaining certain security protocols (because it's a bank) and subnetting each bank appropriately, so their network would work as seamlessly and securely as possible.

With not only my knowledge and leadership, but also the knowledge of 3 of my classmates, we were able to achieve 2nd place in the state of Ohio.

Computer Repair

My first job out of high school was as a computer repair technician. I had significant networking knowledge from high school, but my hardware knowledge was lacking. While doing computer repair, I gained an immense amount of hardware knowledge. I loved my job and value all of the knowledge and experience I have gained.

I have done projects ranging from installing printers in customer's homes, to repairing intricate laptop problems. I excel in networking driven repairs, but I have no problem getting hands deep into some desktops and laptops.

Since I am studying computer science at the University of Toledo, I take coursework directly related to that field of work, and it has come in handy numerous times. The electrical engineering coursework I have taken have helped me diagnose electrical problems within the motherboard of a laptop.

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