Matthew Best, Security Developer in Houston, TX, United States
Matthew Best

Security Developer in Houston, TX, United States

Member since April 5, 2016
Matt is a passionate, talented software developer with over five years of experience developing complex applications in the fields of cyber security, automated tools, web applications, and back-end support systems. He is an expert in Windows applications, but is also proficient in creating cross-platform and web applications. He is an avid learner, a great communicator, and an excellent addition to teams of all sizes.
Matthew is now available for hire



  • Windows, 7 years
  • Python, 7 years
  • C, 7 years
  • Linux, 6 years
  • Security, 6 years
  • Java, 6 years
  • Agile Software Development, 3 years
  • Django, 2 years


Houston, TX, United States



Preferred Environment

Windows, Linux, PyCharm, Visual Studios, Git

The most amazing...

...project I've developed was a multi-agent system for offensive computer network operations during my time working for the Department of Defense.


  • Senior Software Architect

    2015 - PRESENT
    • Developed custom data types capable of importing data from several industry storage standards. These types formed the foundation for several analytics tools, allowing for easy programmatic access to data values.
    • Used Django to build a dynamic, plug-n-play application framework for ingesting and analyzing oil and gas drilling data.
    • Worked with oil and gas engineers to analyze data, developing intelligent algorithms capable of identifying the drilling activity of rigs based solely on simple surface data.
    • Analyzed existing documentation to create new algorithms, identifying errors in previous work to improve results.
    Technologies: Python, Django, HTTP, CSS, JavaScript
  • Capabilities Development Specialist

    2013 - 2015
    Department of Defense
    • Developed tools to support offensive computer network operations for a variety of software frameworks across multiple operating systems.
    • Collaborated with multiple development teams to organize and create multi-agent tool sets.
    • Led Agile development teams of four to ten developers to solve some of the DoD's most complex, high-priority challenges.
    • Worked with team members to create the organization's first multi-project automated test framework using Jenkins and Python.
    • Utilized Java expertise to work with several teams to create advanced tool sets for the deployment of capabilities.
    • Made efforts resulting in several professional awards, including the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.
    Technologies: C, C++, Python, Java, Lua, Windows, Linux, Atlassian Suite, Jenkins
  • Summer Intern - Security Researcher

    2012 - 2012
    Department of Defense
    • Conducted extensive testing of commercial static code analysis products using a publicly known OpenSSL bug to evaluate which product(s) yielded the best results.
    • Published findings in an extensive whitepaper for future researchers to use in their follow-up evaluations of the products.
    • Worked with fellow intern to create a Python application capable of displaying and comparing the results of different code analysis tools.
    Technologies: Python, Static code analysis tools, Java
  • Summer Intern - Global Network Exploitation and Vulnerability Analyst

    2011 - 2011
    Department of Defense
    • Worked with existing team members and customers to identify the requirements for new tool capabilities.
    • Designed and implemented complex operational capabilities using C, C++, and Windows native APIs.
    • Tested functionality using both manual and automated testing procedures.
    • Wrote user interface and tester scripts in Python, along with modifying proprietary XML-based testing definitions to ensure data integrity across software versions.
    Technologies: C, C++, Python, XML
  • Summer Intern - Systems and Network Security Analyst

    2010 - 2010
    Department of Defense
    • Evaluated the hardware and software security solutions for both small and large scale networks.
    • Analyzed VoIP protocols to determine what possible attack vectors were present in the latest commercial products.
    Technologies: Python, Full TCP/IP Network Stack, VOIP


  • DrillVista (Development)

    A web application built to support the drilling operations of clients by providing a comprehensive data storage and analysis solution. It is built with Django, React.js, and several back-end Python algorithms/classes.

    The feature set includes the ability to import data, view data using an in-depth visualization system, and several analysis plugins that provide meaningful insights or identify potential drilling problems/risks.


  • Languages

    Python, C, Java, C++, HTML, XML, PHP, Perl, JavaScript, Lua, Bash Script
  • Frameworks

    Django, Django Channels
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development
  • Platforms

    Windows, Linux
  • Other

    Security, Software Development, System Security Developer, Google+, Agile Software Testing, Reverse Engineering
  • Libraries/APIs

    Visual Studio SDK, Matplotlib, React, jQuery
  • Tools

    PyCharm, Microsoft Office, Celery, Interactive Disassembler (IDA), Supervisor, Apache
  • Storage

    Redis, JSON, Elasticsearch, SQLite


  • Master's degree in Computer Science
    2012 - 2013
    University of Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    2008 - 2011
    University of Tulsa - Tulsa, OK

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