Charles Yost

Senior Software Engineer


Charles started his career in a printer repair shop. From there things quickly escalated to working in VoIP and then working as a developer in the radio industry. A broad background of more than 20 years in information technology and software development, enables him to breakdown problems into manageable pieces. Which then leads to aligning them to appropriate solutions.

Education & Certifications

  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCPS)
  • Microsoft Specialist in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

Professional Affiliations

Member of North Eastern Ohio Information Security Forum (NEOISF)

Industry Contributions

  • Security Conference Speaker at DerbyCon and BSides Cleveland
  • Development Conference Speaker at CodeMash
  • User Group Speaker at NEOSIF and CLEPy

Passion for Security

Charles has been passionate about computers since he was nine and was gifted a secondhand IBM XT. Throughout high school he assisted with information technology support, giving him insight into how security can play an important role in an organization. This sparked a curiosity of why security was so often relegated to an afterthought, and who else had noticed. Having an affinity for technology allowed him to explore these questions. While exploring a whole new world appeared. Here was a passion shared by the many denizens of the nascent internet. As his years in the computer industry expanded his experience, the passion to understand the “why” continued to grow. This culminated in him landing a position as a software developer at a security company, where he spent 6 years building the development department before moving on to working at TrustedSec.

Recent Blog Posts

Working with data in JSON format

What is JSON? What is JSON? JSON is an acronym for JavaScript Object Notation. For years it has been in use as a common serialization format for APIs across the web. It also has gained favor as a format for logging (particularly for use in structured logging). Now, it has become even more common for...
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