About Us

Welcome to Veteran Security (VetSec)! Founded in February of 2018, we are a non-profit consisting of an ever-growing veteran community that focuses on networking with other veterans in the IT and Cyber Security world as well as helping those that are currently transitioning out of the military and looking into these career fields. Our community is open to active serving and military veterans of the US and allied nations. Currently, we offer:

  • A Slack channel with over 1,800 members, which allows veterans in any IT or cybersecurity field to network with each other.
  • Free training videos, focused on ethical hacking.
  • A Cyber Security blog with tutorials on a wide variety of topics.

Our community, training, and services are, and always will be, 100% free.
If you would like to make a contribution to our cause, we have set up a Patreon just for that! Thank you for your support!

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Tom “Actual_Tom” Marsland | Website | Twitch | LinkedIn@tmarsland twitter_thumbmyprofile

Board Chair

Active US Navy Nuclear Electronics Technician, served on USS Key West (SSN 722), USS Georgia (SSGN 729), and USS Connecticut.  Currently serving as the Engineering Department Master Chief for Submarine Development Squadron Five.

I’ve been interested in Cyber Security my whole career and am preparing myself for retirement from the US Navy and my transition into the civilian sector.  I placed in the top 2% of competitors at the SANS Cyber FastTrack CTF competition and am completing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, along with various industry certifications.  I teach the basics of what I am learning every weekday in penetration testing and cyber security on Twitch.

During my time on the board, it’s my goal to improve communication from the board to the members, formalize existing processes, and provide more training opportunities for our members, while making VetSec a well-known name for helping veterans.

Chad “danger__rat” Boyd | GithubLinkedIn@danger__rat twitter_thumb

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Board Vice-Chair

Former Army 74B (25B) and Navy Reserve IT.

I’ve been a systems admin/engineer for around 20 years, and am currently a Sr. Security Engineer, focusing on containers and Kubernetes.

While serving on the board, it’s my goal to continue to grow VetSec, and work to provide training and job opportunities for our members.

Heather “infosecanon” Lawrence | GithubLinkedIn@infosecanon twitter_thumb

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Board Secretary

Heather Lawrence is a data scientist for the Nebraska Applied Research Institute who earned her undergraduate and Masters degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

In previous lives, she was a USN nuke, VA photographer, NCCDC winner, Hack@UCF mom, and darknet marketplace miner. Her current research centers on the application of machine learning to intrusion detection.

She serves the community through volunteer work for Kernelcon and DEF CON as well as facilitating logistics as a member of the VetSec and B-Sides Orlando boards.

Brennan “rottenstorm” Pace | GithubLinkedIn@rottenstorm twitter_thumb


Board Treasurer

Former USAF Security Forces (3P0X1) and currently Cyber Transport (3D1X2) in the Air National Guard.

My interest in Security started when I was Active Duty. I slowly became a SME in various realms of security including Physical and Electronic Security. I decided late into my enlistment that I wanted a change and joined the Air National Guard. In the process of cross-training, I was introduced to Cyber Security and have been hooked ever since. I’m currently an IT Consultant in the Govt. Sector. When I’m not working my day job, you can find me working towards my Bachelor’s Degree or working on bettering my Cyber Security skill set.

I joined the board because I’ve seen the good that this organization has done and the impact that it has made in the lives of its members. I want to build off of that, and continue helping Veterans with their various Cyber Security aspirations.

Tom “ginger_hax” Williams| Website | LinkedIn @ginger_haxtwitter_thumb

Board At-Large

I am a husband, a father of 4, a veteran of the US Marine Corps and US Army, and work in incident response for a Fortune 500.

I am the Vetsec liaison to Mental Health Hackers, where I serve on the Board as the Director of Veterans Operations.

My time on active duty was in Maintenance Administration (USMC – 6046) and IT (US Army – 25B). I served in the Marine Corps from December 2003 – December 2007, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar with VMFA(AW)-121 and MALS-11. I joined the US Army shortly after leaving the Marine Corps, to pursue an IT Specialist MOS, at Fort Gordon, GA. Unfortunately, due to a back injury, I was medically separated during job training, roughly a year after joining (in mid-2009).

I am a founding member of the TOOOL Southern Maine chapter, and can be bribed with barbecue, bourbon, and barrel-aged beers.

I have a passion for giving back to the veteran community, through work with non-profits and veteran Employee Resource Groups.

Prior Board members

Scott “h4zegrey” Farber | GithubLinkedIn@h4zegrey

Chad “danger__rat” Boyd | GithubLinkedIn@danger__rat

Heather “infosecanon” Lawrence | GithubLinkedIn@infosecanon

Jake “j2k3k” Knowlton | GithubLinkedIn@j2k3k

Elliot “Emtuls” Chernofsky| Website | Github | LinkedIn @emtuls

Heath “m4v3r1ck” Adams| YouTube | LinkedIn | @thecybermentor