Curious? So am I.

I have a vision: networks and computers should be secure.

Ethereal Solid is the name I have chosen to give form to my concept of taking ethereal ideas and turning them into solid designs. Working on many projects and pursuing my passions is what I enjoy. I subscribe to the saying "if you need something done, find someone that's busy to do it". Being busy means that I am actively moving towards my goals and getting a lot of exciting things done on the way. My name is Shawn Maxim and I started Ethereal Solid as a vehicle to help clients that are looking to get a little more for their web presence and branding then a template or a cookie cutter approach. I found that I enjoy working with servers themselves more than designing web pages so I have moved away from web design and now I work in cybersecurity recovering and hardening compromised servers, doing research, setting up secure systems, performing vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing.

A little about me:

  1. I enjoy working on servers and networks and making them resistant to intruders. I have worked on the defensive side of security for some time and now am exploring the offensive side to round out my knowledge. I have done research in mobile and wireless networks and will continue exploring these areas. I am also exploring the intricacies of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing. I'm always on the hunt for amazing projects to work on, if you have one, let me know and we can get started!

My philosophy:

  1. Humans are meant to collaborate and support each other. Beginning from conception we are meant to be a part of a community. We feel the most satisfaction and happiness when learning from each other and using the security provided by our tribe to safely explore new ideas and experiences.

  2. More can be achieved while simultaneously using less resources. I like to bring elements of sustainability into each project: small questions like "how can we reduce the bandwidth used and server load to deliver this data" as well as larger concerns like setting up systems that get maximum efficiency per watt used.

  3. I look forward to more partnerships with organizations and individuals that embrace these ideas.