Hi, my name is

Ashley Nikirk.

I write software and occassionaly hack

I am a third-year BS student at Rochester Institute of Technology. I am majoring in Computing Security and have a passion for software engineering and homelabbing.


Software Engineer Intern - Apple
May 2023 - August 2023
I designed and developed scalable microservices in Go that improved Apple’s security posture. Additionally I developed a secrets scanning tool to efficiently search all of Apple’s logging solutions.
Cyber Resiliency Intern - MITRE
May 2022 - March 2023
I adapted practices from the CISA/NSA joint advisory on hardening Kubernetes to be used by the Kyverno policy engine. Additionally I created a CLI using Python to interact with the Kubernetes API.


2021 - 2025
Bachelor of Science in Computing Security
Rochester Institute of Technology
GPA: 3.68 out of 4.00

Extracurricular Activities

  • President of RIT’s Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Chapter (2022).
  • Member of RITSEC, RIT’s security club and the largest academic club on campus (2021-Pres.)
  • Developer for RITSEC’s Red Team, which creates malware for use in cybersecurit competitions.
  • Lead for the Information Security Talent Search (ISTS) in 2023.


Flask Python Go
A command and control (C2) server built with Flask. Malleable agent written in Go.
Kubernetes Docker GitOps CI/CD Microservices
Managed home networking and gained intimate experience with virtualization, containers, CI/CD, and Unraid.


RIT Five-Year Presidential Scholarship
Maximum academic scholarship amount offered by RIT. The scholarship is renewed automatically each year.