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Michael was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and raised in Sarasota since he moved here at five years old. He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he earned a degree in business management. Almost a decade later, he formally pursued his passion for software engineering and received a degree in computer science from the University of South Florida. While his drive remains with software development and cloud infrastructure, he has been intrigued with security, especially when it relates to development. Michael has since obtained security certifications that have allowed him to advance his expertise as a security enthusiast. In March 2017, Michael successfully completed the Penetration Testing with Kali Linux certification exam and earned an Offensive Security Certified Professional certification. He sought to challenge himself and see if he could earn the coveted 'hands-on' penetration testing certification and found success on his first attempt. This followed the CompTIA Security+ certification he received in December 2016. He has been working with ATLARGE for the past three years as a back-end developer, DevOps engineer, cloud infrastructure guru, and security enthusiast.