Adam Compton

Principal Security Consultant


Adam Compton has been a programmer, researcher, instructor, professional pen tester, father, husband, and farmer. Adam has nearly two decades of experience in programming, network security, incident response, security assessment, and penetration testing. Throughout Adam’s career, he has worked for both federal and international government agencies as well as the private sector.

Education & Certifications

B.S. Computer Science – University of Kentucky; B.S. Mathematics – University of Kentucky

Industry Contributions

Adam has developed and contributed to several open source projects. Adam has also presented at a variety of conferences, from local BSides to BlackHat Europe.

Passion for Security

Adam’s passion for security originated with programming and has progressed through nearly the entire info gambit.

Recent Blog Posts

So, You Got Access to a *nix system… Now What?

Note to Reader: For simplicity, I will be referring to all Unix, Linux, and other Unix-like systems simply as *nix, unless a specific distinction needs to be made. As a pentester, you will likely come across a *nix system at some point. If you are like many of the people I have worked with and...

A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe/Anonymous Online

What is OSINT? It is probably safe to assume you have heard of OSINT at some point (Open Source INTelligence). However, if you have not, it can very generally be described as the collection and analysis of data gathered from publicly accessible sources. People who perform OSINT have a wide variety of sources they can...
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Of Failure and Success

  Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. — Oscar Wilde   Over the course of a year, I watch many InfoSec conference presentations whether in person at the conference or via a recording on YouTube, I read a multitude of amazing blog articles, and I follow and read the messages of many...
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Recent Webinars

PenTesting Fails: What to do When You Make (a Lot of) Mistakes in InfoSec

This webinar was recorded on June 16, 2021. Researchers have found that when we make mistakes, we tend to pay closer attention and learn more quickly, reducing our chances of making them again. Principal Security Consultant Adam Compton shares how...

Creating Your Career Path in Information Security

Recorded November 14, 2018 at 3:30 P.M. EST TrustedSec Senior Security Consultant Adam Compton will lead a discussion about different paths to a potential career in infosec. Geared towards students, IT professionals or those interested in a career change, Adam...
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Recent Podcasts

TrustedSec Security Podcasts

Shocking Revelations

September 26, 2022

Opsec is Hard

September 26, 2022

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