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  • Experienced with Cisco IOS equipment configuration and troubleshooting, including PIX/ASA firewalls, CSS load balancers and various routers and switches.

  • Knowledgeable about F5 LTM/GTM and Brocade ADX load balancers, including real-world experience optimizing those devices for live websites.

  • Advanced knowledge of information security techniques, including both physical and virtual security measures, a background in cyber forensics, a certified network security expert (NSA certified INFOSEC Professional), and a number of years of technical experience in the field of information technology.

  • Familiar with the latest risk analysis and management techniques and methodologies, and has demonstrated this ability through federally funded research projects and other work in the field.

  • Has experience in administration and support for laptops, desktops and servers running Microsoft Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems. Also able to code in various programming and scripting languages (HTML, C, C++, PHP/MySQL, ASP/Microsoft SQL, Java).

  • Licensed as a General class Amateur Radio operator by the FCC and an active operator on both ARES and RACES emergency communications networks since 2006.

  • Instrument rated Private Pilot and Commercial Drone Pilot with excellent understanding of FAA regulations and general aviation requirements. Roughly 250 hours PIC experience.

Experience

  • The Truth About Guns
    Testing & Reviews Editor (February 2011 - Current)
    • Analyzed traffic patterns for TTAG’s website to provide insight on how best to grow readership and pageviews. As a direct result of that analysis and the implementation of those recommendations traffic increased 800% over two years and continues to be the most visited website in its category.
    • Responsible for maintaining a WordPress based website and associated MySQL database ranked by Alexa in the top 3,000 in the United States with over 3 million readers per month.
    • Wrote and maintained a database driven news feed system called “TTAG+” (using PHP and MySQL) which imported articles from specified RSS feeds, analyzed their content for key words, and learned which articles users were most interested based on those key words in order to present users with a customized and personalized news feed.
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  • The Range at Austin
    Position (January 2016 - December 2016)
    • Oversaw IT related projects and managed a budget of roughly $1.1 Million. Provided cost savings suggestions totaling $500,000 to management.
    • Managed the design and implementation of custom software to support the functions of a shooting range, including an online firing range lane reservation system, electronic bound book which meets ATF regulatory requirements, and digital 4473 processing system. Elicited the requirements for the systems from stakeholders and ensured that the final design met expectations.


  • Rackspace Hosting
    Network Security Administrator (February 2012 - February 2016)
    • Configured and provided troubleshooting assistance for Cisco and Juniper networking devices including multiple models of switches, routers, and both PIX and ASA firewalls. Worked with customers to ensure that VPN access was properly configured for site-to-site and client-to-site applications.
    • Maintained and optimized F5, Brocade, and Cisco load balancers to properly serve traffic intensive websites as well as provide the ability to quickly ramp up for traffic spikes
    • Analyzed cyber attacks directed at Rackspace customers and provided information about the origin and nature of attacks to stakeholders. Also recommended solutions (both immediate and long term) which would stop the attack and keep it from happening again.


  • ABS Group Consulting
    Risk Analyst (May 2010 - January 2012)
    • Performed analytical work regarding various Homeland Security related risks for government clients and assisted in writing technical reports based on the findings.
    • Designed, wrote and implemented a system using PHP to automate parts of existing risk analysis tools and perform excursion analyses.
    • Designed, implemented and administered databases using MySQL and Microsoft Access to hold milti million record databases and performed analyses of the data within to support ongoing DHS projects.
    • Acted as the project manager and point of contact for government clients on select projects.


  • College of Information Sciences and Technology
    Research Assistant (August 2009 - May 2010)
    • Generated documentation on how to use risk analysis tools for people without a background in risk analysis for the FEMA RiskWiki project
    • Researched the use of games to teach people about risk analysis and the decision making process.


  • College of Information Sciences and Technology
    Learning Assistant (August 2009 - May 2010)
    • Assisted in developing and presenting lessons for a class entitled: “Risk Management: Assessment and Mitigation.”
    • Responsible for helping students understand advanced concepts in risk analysis using in-class and extracurricular methods.


  • UBS Financial Services
    Intern (June 2009 - August 2009)
    • Liaison between IT Infrastructure teams and multiple business divisions to progress server and storage provisioning requests within SLE targets.
    • Designed an IEEE-829 compliant testing documentation for new software that was being developed, including over 400 global test cases.


  • NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
    Intern (May 2008 - August 2008)
    • Designed and implemented a system that automated the process of pulling information from excel spreadsheets into a mainframe
    • Learned ASP and used it to design and implement a front-end display for an SQL database used by call center workers.


  • Residential Computing
    Student Technician (November 2006 - May 2008)
    • Provided technical support for the student computer systems on campus, including networking troubleshooting, virus detection and removal.


  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
    Summer IT Intern (May-August 2007)
    • Detected and eliminated viruses and other threats to the network
    • Performed hardware and software troubleshooting and maintenance
    • Performed forensic analysis of hard drives for diagnostic and investigative purposes.


  • McCoy Natatorium
    Lifeguard (July-August 2006)
    • Safeguarded patrons at four seperate pools, including indoor lap pools, a diving well, and an outdoor facility.


  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
    Human Resources Information Services Intern (Summer 2005)
    • Worked with all aspects of Systems Administration, including initial desktop configuration and rollout, virus/spyware removal and prevention, web design, server maintenance, and physical setup of ethernet and telephone connections.


  • Curtis S Read Scout Reservation
    Waterfront Instructor (Summer 2004)
    • Lifeguard at a lakeside facility, and taught the sailing, rowing, lifesaving and fishing merit badge classes.


Talks Given at Conferences

Risk Analysis for Dummies
The Next HOPE Conference
Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC, Friday July 16, 2010, 9 PM

The NYC taxi system: Privacy vs. Utility
The Last HOPE Conference
Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC, Friday July 18, 2008, 8 PM

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