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Summary

Highly skilled and astute Systems Programmer/Administrator supporting cybersecurity operations with demonstrated ability to respond to critical and high-volume incidents within an organization.  Possessing a diverse portfolio of technology related experiences and charged with installing, customizing, and maintaining operating systems, planning hardware and software system upgrades and changes in configuration, Systems Programmer/Administrator with cybersecurity incident response responsibilities, university Lecturer in areas of Information Security, Information Technology and Informatics programs, supervising staff, and more. Expert at ensuring the integrity and preservation of systems and data by performing comprehensive and effective responses to computer security incidents while simultaneously contributing to the prevention of such incidents through threat hunting, threat modeling, incident trend analysis with monitoring and detection strategies. As Rutgers University’s Senior Systems Programmer/Administrator with Information Security Analyst duties, implementing methodologies to track trends in managing cyber incidents. As Systems Programmer I, also at Rutgers University, scrutinized and resolved computer abuse incidents while working in collaboration with university police and federal law enforcement. Career win highlights – maintained 99% uptime during the administration of a student computing cluster with more than 40,000 user accounts. Successful at collaborating across a matrix environment, moving from high level strategy to hands-on implementation, leading by example. Highly regarded as essential within an organization’s infrastructure.

Clearance

U. S. Department of Homeland Security
Secret Level Clearance
Issued May 2019

Core Competencies

                                  

Incident response planning      Threat hunting and remediation
Cyber incident digital forensics    eDiscovery data gathering
Log Analysis & reporting    Duo Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
Linux, Unix and Windows Operating System TCP/IP, DNS

Work Experience

2000Present
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ

Systems Programmer/Administrator with Cybersecurity Response Responsibilities

Actively monitoring systems and networks for intrusions, identifying security flaws and vulnerabilities, notifying key stakeholders regarding incidents of concern, and overseeing remediation of critical invasions. 

Key Achievements: 

  • Launched ediscovery data gathering processes to assist the Office of General Counsel, performing keyword searches on the data as directed by the attorneys
  • Designed security briefings keeping the university community informed regarding cyber literacy
  • Liaison in investigations with University Ethics and Compliance, Rutgers University Police, external law enforcement, and logged data
  • Collaborate with IT staff in the creation of strategic relationships beyond major incidents
  •  Exercised Plixer Scrutinizer, Cisco Stealthwatch, Cisco AMP for Endpoints in support of investigations, incident response and threat hunting
20072019
School of Communication and Information Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ

Lecturer

Facilitated instruction in Information Security 

Key Achievements: 

  • Taught career-ready skills in resilient systems security, and data security
  • Instructed students in developing defensive and offensive cyber operations market-ready skills
  • Course instruction: Information Security (Information Technology and Informatics program), Structure of Information (Digital Communication, Information and Media Program
  • Mentored students
19972000
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ

Systems Programmer I

Inaugurated systems administration under the first university wide computing cluster with 30 Sun Microsystems hosts while running Solaris with more than 40,000 user accounts

Key Achievements: 

  • Asserted 99% uptime with less than 1% unplanned downtime
  • Investigated and resolved computer abuse incidents while working alongside the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Rutgers University Police
  •  Upgraded and maintained operating systems and current patch levels
  • Computerized routine system administration tasks using Perl, Expect and Bourne shell scripts
  • Supervised two Systems Administrators
19871997
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ

Systems Programmer II

Daily management, upkeep, and configuration of the Telecommunication Department’s workstations and servers

Key Achievements: 

  • Managed user accounts and provided Unix systems upgrades
  • Deployed home brew software distribution system
  • Kerberos service management
19841987
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ

Systems Programmer III

Systems Administrator for Pyramid Technologies computer science instructional computers. Responsible for user account management and UNIX operating system upgrades

Key Achievements: 

  • Reduced congestion regarding the submission of student assignments by coordinating submittals with professors
19821984
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ

Programmer Analyst

Oversaw hardware maintenance, operating system upgrades, and user account management

Key Achievements: 

  • Introduced the first system designed to teach computing to non-computing majors
  • System administrator for PDP 11/44 running RSTS/E

Education

  • Rutgers University, Master of Science, Computer Science 
  • Rider University, Master of Arts, Program for Administrators 
  • Rutgers University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science             

Certifications

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)  - (ISC)2 - January 2021
  • Certified Protection Professional - ASIS International - December 2020 
  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) - SANS - October 2021
  • GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) - SANS - August 2021 
  • GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) - SANS - January 2021 
  • GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) - SANS - June 2024 
  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) - SANS - June 2023 
  • GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT) - SANS- December 2022 
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) - SANS - September 2021

Affiliations

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • ASIS International
  • GIAC Advisory Boards
  • GIAC Ethics Council
  • High Tech Crime Consortium 
  • High Technology Crime Investigation Association
  • Infragard
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • (ISC)2 (nternational Information Systems Security Certification Consortium)
  • MS-ISAC (Multi-States Information Sharing and Analysis Center)
  • New Brunswick Free Public Library Board of Trustees
  • REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center)