Max Weiss

Cybersecurity • Containers • Cryptocurrency

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Summary

Max grew up in the Seattle area before moving to Las Vegas, where he studied physics, music, and hotel management, but ultimately ended with a B.A. in film production. He stayed in Las Vegas for another nine years, playing poker professionally while also diving into the cryptocurrency sphere, and teaching himself Python programming and Linux systems administration before moving back to Seattle for a M.S. in Cybersecurity from the University of Washington, which is currently in progress. He is passionate about Kubernetes, poker, cryptocurrency, free software, cybersecurity and digital rights.

Experience

UW Bothell Computer Science Department

12/2018 - 06/2019

Graduate Research Assistant

Assistant for Dr. Marc Dupuis, researching several areas of study related to psychology and cybersecurity.

  • Found relevant prior literature
  • Conducted surveys
  • Co-authored several academic papers

ICE Creative LED

05/2018 - 08/2018

Software Engineer

Designed and created custom middleware to integrate several disparate video and software systems.

Sin City Phone Repair

07/2014 - 12/2014

Sole Proprieter

Repaired phones, tablets, and computers.

  • Identified software and hardware failures
  • Replaced hardware parts
  • Customized operating system software

Fun World Media LLC

05/2013 - 08/2013

Co-Founder, Producer, and Systems Administrator

Helped run and manage a video production team responsible for the online streaming of the 2013 World Series of Poker One-Drop tournament, under contract with ESPN and POKER PROductions.

  • Managed hardware and software interfaces
  • Configured video software
  • Oversaw real-time camera movements during live stream

Internet Poker Database, LLC

04/2012 - 12/2012

Co-Founder and Engineer

Founded and managed backend database and services for personal online poker statistics tracking as a service.

  • Managed PostgreSQL databases
  • Configured virtual servers
  • Performed network latency testing

Cryptocurrency Trader

01/2012 - 12/2015

Semi-Professional

Day-traded digital crypto-currencies.

  • Assessed value
  • Mitigated risk

Poker Coach

10/2010 - 12/2015

Guru

Helped several low and mid stakes poker players improve their skills.

  • Taught mental preparation
  • Developed exercises
  • Analysed risk and reward
  • Reviewed hands played

Poker Player

04/2009 - 12/2015

Professional

Won money playing no limit hold'em cash games online and in casinos.

  • Risk analysis
  • Adversaial thinking
  • Time management

Diamond Lil's Poker Room

03/2008 - 09/2008

Floor Supervisor and Poker Dealer

Supervised and dealt poker in a customer-focused environment.

  • Effectively managed diverse teams
  • Created customer-friendly environments

Poker Dealer

05/2006 - 09/2015

Staff

Dealt poker for various casinos in numerous tournaments and cash games, including several times at the World Series of Poker.

  • Created customer-friendly environments

Blackjack Card Counter

06/2005 - 12/2007

Semi-Professional

Counted cards using Hi-Lo and Hi-Opt II systems.

  • Kept track of proportions of high cards to low cards
  • Varied bet size with count
  • Executed correct play strategy

Roulette Data Collection

06/2004 - 12/2007

Analyst

Tracked and analyzed physical defects which caused number frequency biases on roulette wheels around Las Vegas for a prominent professional gambler and author who wishes to remain anonymous.

  • Data collection
  • Data analysis

UNLV Physics Dept.

08/2003 - 12/2003

Teaching Assistant, Physics

Graded homework and supervised labs for Physics.

Open Source Projects

I host and manage my e-mail, website, search engine, and several dozen other services in a containerized workload spread across remote servers and Raspberry Pi's at home.

Implemented the fill BIP38 specification for Bitcoin key encryption in Python.

Education

University of Washington, Bothell

09/2018 - Present

Master in Cybersecurity (in progress)

3.7
  • CSS 519 - Incident Response and Risk Management
  • CSS 533 - Distributed Computing
  • CSS 577 - Secure Software Development
  • CSS 578 - Ethical Penetration Testing
  • CSS 579 - Malware Reverse Engineering

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

09/2002 - 05/2007

Bachelor in Film

3.2
  • PHY 470 - General Relativity
  • GAM 470 - Quantitative Analysis of Casino Games

Volunteer

Arch User Repository

05/2017 - Present
Package Maintainer

Maintain several unofficial packages for the Arch Linux operating system.

Crypto-Party

08/2013 - 04/2014
Organizer

Hosted and ran several crypto-parties in the Las Vegas area to teach people about privacy and encryption technologies such as Truecrypt and PGP.

  • Helped several people secure their data and communication

Awards

Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS)

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

The CKS certification demonstrates competence in securing container-based applications and Kubernetes platforms during build, deployment, and runtime.

Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA)

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

The CKA certification demonstrates that the applicant has the skills, knowledge, and competency to perform the responsibilities of a Kubernetes administrator.

Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development

University of Washington, Bothell

The GCSDD provides the core skills needed for further study in computer science or cybersecurity.

Publications

Facebook vs. Twitter

08/2019
Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Smart World Congress 2019

We discuss the differences between Facebook and Twitter users in terms of their activity on the sites and how this may be related to the personality and trait affect of users.

Veterans and Their Inherent Cybersecurity Preparedness

08/2019
Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Smart World Congress 2019

We examine whether the experience of veterans creates or enhances the skills necessary to be effective in the domain of cybersecurity.

Being Vigilant at Finding Profit

03/2011
Two Plus Two Online Magazine

This article explores the attitude and skills necessary to find and create opportunities for profit that many skilled poker players miss.

Effectively Using a Polarized Range

02/2011
Two Plus Two Online Magazine

This article explores the effective use of polarized ranges in No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker.

References

Max has been a close friend and business associate for over 15 years. We have worked together and played poker on a team together for many years. Aside from being a whiz kid at poker, he is extremely knowledgeable about Linux and security, and I frequently seek his help for solving difficult technical issues.
— Jim Leitner
I have known Max for almost 10 years and worked with him on several projects. He is trustworthy and hard-working and a genuine Bitcoin guru.
— Shannon Dindia