About me

Hello! I’m Miguel Lopes, a seasoned security researcher who has filled the roles of reverse-engineer, penetration tester, application security engineer and security engineer. My journey in the realm of computer science and information security has been both diverse and enriching.

From an early age, I was drawn to the intricacies of computer systems. My initial forays into programming began with languages like C and Visual Basic 6.0. As technology evolved, so did my expertise. The vast landscape of the internet further broadened my horizons, leading me to explore various operating systems and deepening my understanding of their underlying mechanisms.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of reverse-engineering industrial software, conducting penetration tests for a myriad of companies—including financial institutions—and serving as an application security engineer for banks and central banks across continents. My expertise extends to the automotive industry, where I’ve ensured the security of web platforms through blackbox testing and rigorous penetration testing. As a security engineer, I’ve been instrumental in the implementation of the ISO 2700 family standards and SOC 2, reinforcing the security posture of organizations I’ve collaborated with. I take pride in having trained numerous programmers, transforming them into proficient application security engineers. Analyzing and critiquing software architectures across diverse industries, coupled with my deep understanding of cryptographic implementations, has further solidified my standing in the field.

In addition to my professional endeavors, I’m deeply committed to giving back to the community. I’ve undertaken pro-bono work, assisting foundations in less-favored countries, ensuring they have secure digital infrastructures. This work not only underscores my belief in the importance of security for all but also my dedication to making a positive impact in the world.

My commitment to continuous learning is unwavering. I believe in understanding and working hands-on with the foundational elements of modern computer science. Every project I undertake is approached with a meticulous eye, ensuring the most efficient methodologies are employed.

Outside of professional endeavors, I maintain a homelab—a collection of repurposed computers and remote servers that aid in my research and work-related tasks.

This website serves as a platform to showcase my work and share insights on topics I’m passionate about. If you’re intrigued by the world of information security and computer science, you’re in the right place.

Collaborate with me

Over recent years, I’ve donned the hat of an InfoSec consultant as an extra from my main job. If my expertise aligns with your needs or if you’re keen on collaborating, please reach out. Let’s work together to fortify the digital landscape.