Howdy, my name is Weston Reed, and I'm a Computer Science student at Texas A&M Univeristy, pursing minors in Mathematics and Cybersecurity. Since entnering college, I have worked in Information Technology, starting with Information Services at Texas A&M Galveston, and moving to my current position, at Texas A&M College Station in the Mechanical Engineering department. Through these positions, I have gained a first-person view of how technology affects people of all skill levels and backgrounds, and how good software impacts support resources.
I've always loved hands-on learning, which is why I manage my own homelab, consisting of a Cisco 2921 ISR Router, an IBM X3650 M3 server, and a UPS. The 2921 ISR handles traffic for my entire home network, and allows me to have more granual control over my network and implement security policies, for instance, DNS-based filtering of malware and advertising via a VM on the server. My server runs an Ovirt hypervisor, which allows me to quickly spin up VMs in the cloud for my own use, to do anything from hosting my own site to a personal VPN.
I'm a big believer in open source software, and use it whenever possible. My personal favorite distribution of GNU/Linux is Debian, and I use it on all of my x86_64 machines.
In my career, I would like the opportunity to manage and implement large-scale networking deployments and develop software that enables large-scale, secure, communication.