I'm based full-time in Bellingham, Washington - the best place I've ever lived.

Where else have I been? Moscow, ID; Seattle, WA; Philadelphia, PA; Syracuse, NY; Washington, DC; and San Francisco, CA, among other stops.


I am a full-time Cybersecurity Engineer for the United States Department of the Treasury.

I have previously worked for the United States Senate (Sergeant at Arms) doing a comprehensive cybersecurity review.

I helped detectives handle cases in court for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit.

I've worked for startups, started (and killed) a startup of my own, and worked for multiple higher-education institutions.

My personal mission is to help use technology to improve the lives of real human beings. That starts with making sure security is an enabler - powering anything you use technology to do. Let me handle the security, you take care of everything else.


I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where I majored in the Comparative History of Ideas, and spent time rowing for UW.  

I did my graduate work at Syracuse University, where I earned an MS in Information Management and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Information Security Management.


Liquid enthusiast (coffee, beer, rain). Anything outside. Anything local. Family time.


Need more? Find me on Twitter: @shaycolson or more professional details on my LinkedIn page.