My Resume

 

Profile

Technology and business visionary with roughly 20 years of executive and hands-on experience implementing Microsoft and Open Source IT solutions to address business needs locally and internationally while maintaining the highest level of security.  Proven ability to utilize information technology to solve business issues while managing costs and risks in a secure manner.  Adept at crisis management, trouble-shooting, problem-solving, and negotiating.  Strong leadership, planning, team building and project management skills to deliver results and savings while maintaining the highest level of security.

Areas of Expertise

  • 17+ years of experience working with Linux and many open source software packages
  • 15+ years of experience working in an enterprise server environment with Microsoft technologies supporting Active Directory
  • 13+ years of experience working with Group Policy including it's use for security as well as remote software installations and maintenance
  • 6+ years of experience working with Active Directory Domain Services (2008/2008 R2)
  • 2+ years of experience working with Active Directory Domain Services (2012)
  • 13+ years of experience working with Active Directory Domain Services (going back to Windows 2000)
  • 15+ years of experience working with and managing DNS
  • Over 17 years of multi-site experience designing, implementing and supporting infrastructures including Windows and Linux server environments including Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail all in mission critical data environments
  • Network security (Firewalls and LAN/WAN) including virus protection, PKI, PCI security compliance  and security policy preparation and enforcement
  • Experience creating, implementing, and maintaining security policies, strategies, and initiatives at my last 3 positions
  • Ability to install, configure and support data communications hardware and software for corporate and remote locations in a secure, efficient manner
  • Proven ability to manage multiple IT projects
  • Ability to present technical information in an understandable way throughout the client organization including technical reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals
  • PCI security standards and compliance practices
  • OSI model
  • Multi-site networking
  • Disaster planning & recovery
  • Automated security patches/upgrades
  • Overall infrastructure design
  • All aspects of active directory, domain controllers, and server management
  • Capacity and asset management planning and execution
  • Budgeting and cost control
  • Vendor management
  • Training / Mentoring
  • Change management control

Specific Software Knowledge

  • Experience with many open source applications including Linux (RedHat/CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE, etc.), Apache, BIND, Samba, Sendmail, Squid, Nagios, Munin, Puppet, OpenLDAP, etc.
  • Linux clustering using Corosync, Pacemaker, DRBD, Ceph, GlusterFS, and CLVMD.
  • VMWare ESXi, KVM, & XenServer virtualization
  • In depth Perl scripting language experience
  • Many different firewalls including IPTables, pfSense, Cisco, etc.
  • Expert knowledge all Windows platforms from Windows 3.1 through Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012
  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining Exchange Server from version 4.0 through version 2007
  • Advanced knowledge of standard TCP/IP protocols such as DNS, WINS, HTTP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, FTP/SFTP, etc.
  • Advanced knowledge of  TCP/IP security scanning and reporting tools including Nessus, (OpenVAS), Nmap, Snort, Tripwire, Wireshark, Tcpdump, Microsoft network monitor
  • Working knowledge of password cracking tools including Cain & Abel, Brutus, SAM Inside, John the Ripper, Rainbow crack
  • Experience working with PGP and EFS drive encryption
  • Experience implementation and maintaining antivirus/antimalware packages including Vipre, Symantec, AVG, ClamAV, Malwarebytes, Spybot - Search and Destroy
  • Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) for Windows based PC patching
  • Spacewalk for Linux based patching
  • Hands-on experience implemented and maintaining Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
  • Cisco IOS for both routers & switches
  • Wireless LAN Security and troubleshooting
  • VPN technologies including PPTP, IPSec, and L2TP

Certifications

  • ITIL 2011 Foundation
  • VMWare Certified Associate 6 - Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals
  • Certificate of Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals NSTISSI-4011
  • Certificate of Senior Systems Managers CNSSJ-4012
  • Previous MCSE (from NT 3.51 through Windows 2000)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • LPIC-3 (Linux Professional Institute Certification Level 3) (The Highest LPIC Level Certification)
  • CLA (SUSE Certified Linux Administrator)
  • DCTS (Novell Data Center Technical Specialist)
  • Harvard Micro-Certification Program:  Developing Yourself and Your Career
  • Harvard Micro-Certification Program:  Management Essentials
  • Harvard Micro-Certification Program:  Conflict Resolution
  • Harvard Micro-Certification Program:  Foundations of Business Communications
  • Harvard Micro-Certification Program:  Managing Virtual Cross-Cultural Teams
  • Harvard Micro-Certification Program:  The Power of Influence
  • Harvard Micro-Certification Program:  Managing Virtual Cross-Cultural Teams

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, (Summa Cum Laude),  Kaplan University
  • Associate in Information Technology, Paducah Community College
  • Associate of Arts, Paducah Community College

Professional Experience

  • Senior Linux Global Operations Engineer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited - March 2013 to Present
    • Privately Held; 10,000+ employees; Management Consulting Industry
    • I am a part of the global hosting center tasked with creating, documenting and maintaining the base Linux build used for a variety of different web hosting projects.
  • Self Employed Independent Consultant - March 2012 to Present
    • I have been working as a freelance Infrastructure/Security Engineer and I must say I have really enjoyed it. Not only have I been setting up secure IT infrastructures for many years where I have worked under many different titles such as CIO and Infrastructure Director, setting up secure IT Infrastructures is truly my passion.
    • Whether the company is a small, mom-and-pop company or a mid sized firm, I believe my knowledge and experience can assist you with many projects from designing and implementing your secure IT infrastructure, to maintaining its security by utilizing many of the leading IT security solutions. If you have a project that requires someone with these skills, please drop me a note as I would love to hear from you.
  • Infrastructure Director, Magazines.com - February 2011 to March 2012
    • Hired as Senior Infrastructure Administrator and then promoted to Infrastructure Director
    • Provided leadership, guidance, and hands-on support for the IT infrastructure at Magazines.com, Inc.  This includes heading up the team responsible for approximately 100 physical (over 80% were Linux) and virtual servers utilizing VMWare ESXi and all security initiatives, policies, and procedures.
    • Managed and supported all IT infrastructure for corporate office, data center and call center
    • Responsible for IT security policies and procedures including insuring that the firm remains in PCI security compliance by utilizing both internal and external security scanning tools such as Tcpdump, Nmap, Cain & Abel, OpenVAS, Wireshark, Snort, and Tripwire
    • Coordination of enterprise penetration test exercises and remediation
    • Designed and coordinated incident response for all security issues
    • Led and implemented project to encrypt sensitive data on file system servers
    • Management of IT infrastructure staff of 3
    • Partner with programmers to execute IT projects with success
    • Implemented Microsoft Baseline Security Scanner (MBSA) to continuously help identify security vulnerabilities
    • Implemented and maintained Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) to continuously maintain corporate workstations and servers with the latest security patches to reduce security vulnerability levels
    • Evaluated all new tools for the enterprise including kicking off a project to move all call center workstations to thin client technology with the ability to save the company significant investment in PC hardware as well as reduced IT support costs
  • Chief Information Officer, TRC  Worldwide,  Brentwood, TN - October 2001 to February 2011
    • Hands-on-technology CIO hired as IT Manager and then promoted to CIO
    • Provided executive IT leadership for over 15 sites in the US and India. Responsible for all aspects of IT (data and voice), security policies and procedures, strategic IT planning, implementation and hands-on support.
    • Worked closely with HR and Accounting and other business units to provide goal oriented solutions.  Effectively introduced and integrated IT strategy, new technologies and initiatives aligned with the company’s business goals and objectives
    • Successfully planned, designed, managed and supported LAN & WAN for corporate and remote locations that resulted in increased communication and data sharing abilities
    • Significantly reduced IT cost by utilizing Linux and open source where applicable, for example Samba for file/print sharing  BIND for DNS, and Apache for web applications
    • Developed and implemented security policies and procedures and further supported file servers including those with sensitive data
    • Led video conferencing project installation and support reducing the company’s travel expense
    • Implemented Microsoft Baseline Security Scanner (MBSA) to help manage security vulnerabilities
    • Implemented and maintained Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) to maintain corporate workstations and servers with the latest security patches to reduce security vulnerability levels
    • Vendor partnering and management
    • Management of IT staff of 4
  • Network Administrator, Apex Engineering, Calvert City, KY -  November 1994 to August 2001
    • Provided network support to multi-sites and solely responsible for recommending and implementing all IT solutions (data and voice).
    • Responsible for data integrity and data security for company files and drawing libraries of several key clients.  Managed e-mail and intranet.
    • Worked closely with all business units to provide IT solutions
    • Managed and implemented the project to create the first LAN and WAN between 3 sites to provide increased ability to share data
    • Managed and implemented the project to install and maintain highly redundant cluster servers to reduce system downtime at all 3 of the firm’s sites
    • Created and implemented security policies and procedures for all data and network systems

 

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