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Aaron Soto

Phone: 720-261-8106
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Personal Statement:

I graduated from the Information Technology program in Computer Science department at New Mexico Tech in May 2006. I am interested in the fields of real-time computer and network security. I participated in a number of Information Technology courses including Digital Forensics, Secure Software Construction and Computer Networks and the Internet.

In addition, I have performed work for a number of different organizations. Most recently, I have been working at the Information Services Department at New Mexico Tech, focusing on PC and Network security.

I had been working especially towards the automatic detection and containment of malware on-campus, which has been one of my main projects this semester. My goal was to implement a newly installed firewall in such a way that network users will automatically be quarantined upon the detection of a worm spreading from their PC. This quarantine would allow them to still access the files necessary to repair their PC, while ensuring that the worm is unable to continue spreading.

I have received a number of awards, including the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for my services to the Las Cruces Public Schools, focusing on the training of teachers on a variety of technology. I have presented at a number of conferences, both professionally and competitively, earning me a National Finalist position in the 2000 Technology Student Association Prepared Presentation competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

I am a senior in the Information Technology department at New Mexico Tech. I currently expect to graduate in May of 2006, completing my two-year enrollment in the Scholarship for Service program. It is my intent that this program will lead me into a career working with real-time computer and network security. To that end, I am participating in a number of Information Technology courses including Digital Forensics, Secure Software Construction and Computer Networks and the Internet.

In addition, I have performed work for a number of different organizations. Most recently, I have been working at the Information Services Department at New Mexico Tech, focusing on PC and Network security.

I have been working especially towards the automatic detection and containment of malware on-campus, which has been one of my main projects this semester. My goal has been to implement a newly installed firewall in such a way that network users will automatically be quarantined upon the detection of a worm spreading from their PC. This quarantine would allow them to still access the files necessary to repair their PC, while ensuring that the worm is unable to continue spreading.

I have received a number of awards, including the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for my services to the Las Cruces Public Schools, focusing on the training of teachers on a variety of technology. I have presented at a number of conferences, both professionally and competitively, earning me a National Finalist position in the 2000 Technology Student Association Prepared Presentation competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Papers:

Senior Design Project: Quarantine VLAN Implementation for the NMT Information Services Department

Presentations:

Digital Forensics Knoppix and StegFX Research Project

SFS Presentation: VLAN Research and Implementation for New Mexcio Tech Campus, November 29, 2004

SFS Presentation: Implementation of Virtual LANs for Virus Containment, April 11, 2005

Digital Forensics Knoppix and StegFX Research Project

SFS Presentation: VLAN Research and Implementation for New Mexcio Tech Campus, November 29, 2004

SFS Presentation: Implementation of Virtual LANs for Virus Containment, April 11, 2005