About Me


Chi Tran is an international student from Vietnam. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with specialization in Security at the Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) in May 2019 and currently working as a Senior Penetration Testing Consultant at Protiviti. While working full-time, he is also doing security researches as well as joining his CTF teams AceBear and pwnPHOfun. His research interests include web application security, IoT binaries, and malware analysis.


03/2020 – United Nations Hall of Fame

12/2019 – Microsoft Security Researcher Acknowledgements

10/2019 – Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE) – Verify me

09/2019 – Department of Defense Hall of Thanks

05/2019 – Graduated from Southern Methodist University

04/2019 – Siemens Security Hall of Thanks

03/2019 – GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) – Verify me

03/2019 – PAYPAL Hall of Thanks

02/2019 – HP Security Researcher Acknowledgements

02/2019 – CERT-EU Hall of Fame

12/2018 – Microsoft Security Researcher Acknowledgements

11/2018 – Placed 1st locally (Sandia National Laboratory) and 14th national with SMU Cyber Security Team at Cyber Force Competition (Department of Defense)

11/2018 – Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) – Verify me

04/2018 – Placed 1st at State Farm CTF Competition