James Shewmaker has over 20 years of technical experience in IT, primarily
developing appliances for automation and security for broadcast radio,
internet, and satellite devices. He is the founder and principal consultant at
Bluenotch Corporation, Long Beach, California, which provides customized
security services focusing on investigations, penetration testing, and analysis
to various clients.
Shewmaker graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science from the
University of Idaho in 1998 and holds many certifications and is one of the
first GIAC Platinum certified Malware (GSM) experts. He authored and maintains
a portion of the material in the SANS Security 660: Advanced Penetration
Testing and Exploit and Development course. His contributions include “Preboot
Attacks” as well as “Escape and Escalating Attacks”. He also contributed
material to the SANS Institute Security 401: Security Essentials and Security
610: Reverse Engineering Malware courses.
He led the development and operation for the NetWars US CyberChallenge game
beginning in June 2009. He is currently developing an independent cyber
challenge, Bunker011 and is involved in the US CyberChallenge as an instructor
at CyberCamps. Shewmaker regularly teaches a Tactical Offense and Defense day
at these events and often speaks at DEF CON and other hacker conferences.
While he is consumed with his gadgets and all things computer security, he also
finds time to enjoy snow skiing, water sports, and aviation with his wife, son,