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 Application Security Engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS). While working full-time, he is also doing security researches as well as competing CTF competitions with his team. His research interests include web application security, IoT devices, and malware analysis. He is just a newbie trying to learn new things. With his very limited knowledge, he hopes to help and learns more from everyone.


  • Accenture Hall of Fame
  • Apache Hall of Fame
  • Apple Hall of Fame
  • Auth0 Hall of Fame
  • BMW Hall of Fame
  • Bosch Hall of Fame
  • Broadcom Hall of Fame
  • CERT-EU Hall of Fame
  • Cisco Security Researcher Acknowledgements
  • Cigna Hall of Fame
  • Department of Defense Hall of Thanks – Researcher of the month (03/2021)
  • F-Secure Hall of Fame
  • Facebook Hall of Fame
  • Google Hall of Fame
  • HP Security Researcher Acknowledgements
  • Harvard – Letter of Appreciation
  • IBM Hall of Fame
  • JUUL Labs Hall of Thanks
  • LGE Security Researcher Acknowledgements
  • Marriott Hall of Thanks
  • Microsoft Security Researcher Acknowledgements
  • Nokia Hall of Fame
  • Oracle Hall of Fame
  • Paypal Hall of Thanks
  • Palo Alto Networks Hall of Fame
  • Proofpoint Hall of Fame
  • Siemens Security Hall of Thanks
  • Starbucks Hall of Thanks
  • Tenable Hall of Fame
  • Toyota Hall of Fame
  • Trend Micro Hall of Fame
  • United Nations Hall of Fame


  • Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE) – Verify me
  • Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE) – Verify me
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) – Verify me
  • SANS Penetration Tester (GPEN) – Verify me
  • Placed 1st locally (Sandia National Laboratory) and 14th national with SMU Cyber Security Team at Cyber Force Competition (Department of Energy)
  • Placed 1st at State Farm CTF Competition – SMU