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Colin

McHugo Quantum Thinking, Made Simple About me #Senior Cyber Security Analyst Contractor #Security Professional +35314429899
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About me

I am Information & Security Professional with 22 Years Experience

I am a person with extensive experience in the Security profession whereby I was a professional trained & active police officer with 15 years experience at the highest level (Uniform policing but mainly Detective teams, Drugs unit, Forensic teams as well as other specialist units). I have a primary degree in Software engineering, an equivalent degree in Policing, Law and Psychotherapy. As well as having an honorary master's (1.1) in Computer Forensics and Cybercrime from University College Dublin which I came in the top 1% of my international class.

I am Specialized in

Courses

  • 504 SANS – Hacking Tools and Techniques
  • Advanced Malware investigations
  • Data Protection Practioner
  • Fraud investigation
  • Standard Xry Mobile Phone Forensic Course – Trained by Irish Police Force
  • Advanced Mobile Phone Forensic Course Training – Trained by the United Kingdom Police Force
  • Child First Protection Course

Languages

  • English
  • French(Basic)
  • German(Basic)
  • Spanish(Basic)
  • Gaelic (Basic)

Honours & Awards

Lecturing to the Abu Dhabi Police Force honour Sep 2014

Request to lecture the Abu Dhabi Police force in IT certifications which required the building & designing of course content and delivering the course to multiple sets of police officers. The course was met with hugely positive feedback with a request for further courses.

Commendations for Excellent Police Work honour date June 2014 honour issuer Chief Superintendent DMR North.

On the month I took my career break from An Garda Siochana, I was awarded 7 separate certificates whereby I demonstrated excellent police work.  Through hard work and detective skills ranging from the capture, solving and arrests related to burglaries to tiger kidnappings & other headline crime.

Teaching/Lecturing honour date from Jan 1997 – Present day

Teaching students one on one in the field of Information Technology, Programming & Information Security for over 20 years around the world.

Top 1%

Masters in Computer Forensics & Cybercrime

Taken on Sep 2014  1.1 (First Class Hon) Masters in Computer Forensics & Cybercrime.

Hobbies

 

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Boxing
  • Martial Arts
  • Motor Biking
  • Walking
  • Reading

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Ransomware, its variants and preventive measures

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Education

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE OF DEGREE IN COMMERCIAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

SEPTEMBER 1999 | WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – 2.1 GRADE

DIPLOMA (Now Degree Equivalent) IN POLICING STUDIES

JUNE 2001 | TEMPLEMORE NATIONAL TRAINING COLLEGE – 2.1 GRADE

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING (Degree Equivalent)

SEPTEMBER 2011 | DUBLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL – 2.1 GRADE

MASTERS IN COMPUTER FORENSICS & CYBER CRIME FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

JUNE 2014 | UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN – 1.1 GRADE

PROCESS

Career Timeline

CEO McHugo Consulting Ltd.
2020
Lecture in Information Security National College of Ireland
2019
Security Operations Centre Lead Member, Electric Supply Board (ESB) of Ireland
2018-2019
Lead Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) for EMEA Region, DocuSign

2016-2019
Security Administrator National Treasury
2014-2016
Lecturer to the Abu Dhabi Police Force

2012-2016
Lead Mobile Phone Forensic Officer Northern Division, Dublin
2006-2010
Detective Units
2006-2014
  • Criminal Law Training Courses
  • Firearms Course
  • Sergeants Examinations
Drugs Unit
2004-2006
Community Policing
2000-2004
Uniformed Police Officer (Garda)
1999

Skills

Information Security
90%
Cyber Security Incident Response
90%
Forensic Analysis
75%
Teamwork
85%
Law Enforcement
80%
Investigator
80%
Public Speaking
80%
Lecturing
75%
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