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Christopher J Bernard MBA, CISSP, GLEG, CCSP

Accomplished Information Technology Leader and Innovator

Executive Summary

Innovative IT Executive with 20+ years’ experience specializing in technology for higher education.Experience in varied disciplines across Information Technology including Networking, Data Centers, Disaster Recovery, Information Security and Client/Server Application Development. Exceptional leadership,  managerial, and employee development skills.

Work experience

Jun 2015Present

Information Security Architect

Western & Southern Financial Group

Responsible for development of application and security architectures in alignment with business needs. Security lead on transformation program to modernize back office operations.

Sep 2006Jun 2015

Director, Network Engineering and Telecommunications

Miami University

Responsible for all IT infrastructure functions for Miami University's main campus, regional campuses, and international locations including data centers, wired/wireless networks, telecommunications, Security Engineering and infrastructure. Responsible for a team of 27 staff and $5m annual budget.

Performance Highlights

  • VoIP Implementation - $5.8m project to replace existing analog system across all campuses. Project included technology selection and design, training and deployment of 5500 handsets over 6 months. Projected completed on time and under budget. Recognized by CFO as one of the best run IT projects and laying the foundation to transform operations
  • Implementation of multi-tier bandwidth model for residential students generating an additional $210k in income to the university over a 3 year period
  • Involved in numerous statewide initiatives including Higher Ed VoIP initiatives, State VoIP initiatives, and Disaster Recovery data center options
  • Served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Ohio Valley Internet2 Consortium during which time, was able to lead a change in financial model to encourage increased adoption across state
  • Led team in long term planning in support of ever increasing bandwidth needs of university network supporting multiple 10 Gbps Internet/Internet2 feeds
  • Served on numerous committees in support of the student body including Student Organizations Budget & Finance Committee, Traffic Appeals Committee and Armstrong Student Center planning committee
Aug 2013Present

Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering and Computing

Miami University

Responsible for developing curriculum and teaching of: Introduction to Computers and Computer Programming and Introduction to Gaming courses. Consistently receive high reviews from students.

Nov 2003Sep 2006

AVP, Internet Network Architecture

Fifth Third Bank

Responsible for ensuring the scalability, reliability and security of Fifth Thirds Business to Consumer and Business to Business Internet connectivity. Responsible for a team of 4 and a budget of $1.3m annually.

Performance Highlights

  • Completely re-architected Internet connectivity increasing overall uptime (from 98% to 99.99%,) security and maintenance capabilities without impacting customers
  • Reduced overall expenses to the organization through improved contract negotiation and needs assessment 
  • Team lead in acquisition of new data center facilities and retrofit
  • Served as Subject Matter Expert on numerous initiatives including Identity Management, Customer Portal Redesign, and ERP implementation
Nov 1999Nov 2003

Senior Network Architect

American Financial Group

Responsible for the design/operation of LAN/WAN and Internet connectivity for distributed IT organization serving a multitude of industries including financial, banking, retail, sports teams and utilities. 

Performance Highlights

  • Improved network availability from 85% to 99.99% through assessment and redesign
  • Developed and implemented new network architecture to facilitate ongoing growth
  • Developed security operations function including process and policy surrounding firewall operation
  • Led team implementing Active Directory and Exchange and championed transition from Lotus Notes
Dec 1996Nov 1999

Technical Services Manager

Cardinal Solutions Group

Drove technological, cultural and organizational changes for consulting organization during a period of explosive growth. Responsible for 14 application and networking consultants responsible for over $2m in annual revenue.

Performance Highlights

  • Supported sales team in sales calls, RFP responses, and consultant placement
  • Developed annual review process for consultants to drive merit increases and performance plans
  • Developed in house training curriculum for entire consulting team of 50 consultants
Feb 1995Dec 1996

Manager of Computer Services

Phoenix International Life Sciences

Managed staff of 4 individuals responsible for computer operations for International company including network, E-mail, servers and disaster recovery.

Performance Highlights

  • Member of Executive Planning Committee and Medical Review Board
  • Reduced annual costs by $50k by leading development of application to automate reporting associated with medical studies
  • Developed standardized PC images to reduce support costs and improve customer service
Feb 1993Feb 1995

Information Security Officer


Responsible for overall operation of data center and performing quarterly security audits.

Performance Highlights

  • Developed disaster recovery plans for overall data center operations including server systems
  • Automated quarterly security audit reports reducing time to process by 80%
Sep 1989Feb 1993

Operations Analyst

Cintas Corporation

Responsible for data center operations and connectivity; developed policies for personal computer and network usage.

Performance Highlights

  • Managed buildout of new 6k sq. ft. data center and coordinated move to new facility
  • Developed and implemented security and communications susbsystems for field AS/400



Dec 2013Present

Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISSP #61744
Jun 2013Present

Certified Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence
Oct 2014Present

Law of Data Security & Investigations


Certified Cloud Security Practitioner


Professional / Volunteer

  • Cisco Mobility Technical Advisory Board (2011 - 2015)
  • Infragard Member (2004 - Present); Treasurer (2015 - current)
  • City of Mason Community Emergency Response Team - CERT (2012 - Present)