Current Employment

Bank of the WestBank of the West
Omaha, Nebraska
06/2018 – Present: Principal Cybersecurity Architect
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Bank of the West is a regional financial services company, headquartered in San Francisco, California and is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas.  BNP Paribas is a French international banking group. BNP Paribas is the world’s 8th largest bank by total assets, and currently operates with a presence in 75 countries.

In my role as Principal Cybersecurity Architect:

My responsibilities center around creating architecture strategies that further an integrated customer experience and promote the development of common services and capabilities across the enterprise. I operate as a key contributor to the overall technology strategy to ensure the realization of goals such as reuse, infrastructure simplification, cost management, and flexibility.


Past Employment Experience

First DataFirst Data Logo
Omaha, Nebraska
01/2016 – 06/2018: Enterprise IT Security Architect
07/2012 – 12/2015: Security Engineer II
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First Data is the #1 merchant acquirer providing credit card processing services for small/large businesses and national financial institutions. The company’s portfolio includes merchant transaction processing services; credit, debit, private-label, gift, payroll and other prepaid card offerings; fraud protection and authentication solutions; electronic check acceptance services; as well as Internet commerce, mobile payment solutions and PIN-secured debit acceptance at ATM and retail locations.

In my role as Enterprise IT Security Architect:
Architecture and design of perimeter information and networking security systems and services, which allowed me to take a step back and analyze the security and threat landscape, how it relates to the overall security posture of the enterprise, and utilize that information to design successful and sustainable solutions and services.

In my role as Security Engineer II:
I wore several hats that span various “silo’s” across the security organization, primarily responsible for providing research, design and engineering support of enterprise class information and network security solutions.

I worked tightly with security operations/monitoring and cyber threat intelligence groups to ensure that detection tools are in in the correct locations with the correct visibility, and that they are tuned correctly to provide the highest amount of actionable alert data with the lowest amount of background noise or false positives.

Denver, Colorado
01/2012 – 07/2012: Security Solutions Engineer
10/2010 – 12/2011: Network Security Engineer
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Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, banks and governments in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks.Visa has built one of the world’s most advanced processing networks. It’s capable of handling more than 24,000 transactions per second, with reliability, convenience and security, including fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is giving more people in more places access to electronic payments. From the world’s major cities to remote areas without banks, people are increasingly relying on digital currency along with mobile technology to use their money any time, make purchases online, transfer funds across borders and access basic financial services. All of which makes their lives easier and grows economies.

In my role as Security Solutions Engineer:
Responsible for research, development, design and engineering support of enterprise class information and network security solutions. Technologies including, but not limited to, Internet Proxy, Firewall, Web App Firewall, DLP, IPS/IDS, and life-cycle management of the respective technologies.

In my role as Network Security Engineer:
• Service Level Management of Firewall’s
• Internet proxy support and configuration
• IPS/IDS technologies support and configuration

G4S Technology (Formerly Adesta, LLC)Adesta Logo
Omaha, Nebraska
01/2008 – 10/2010: Network Security Engineer
06/2005 – 12/2007: Network & Systems Engineer
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Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Adesta is a G4S Technology company managed by executives from the telecommunications, construction and security industries. Adesta is a leader in providing innovative, turnkey solutions for advanced communication and security systems, having deployed over two million fiber miles in more than 150 rural and metropolitan areas and completed over 1,000 electronic security systems projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America and the Middle East.

SDM – 17th Annual Top Systems Integrators Report lists G4S (Formerly Adesta) 10th in the annual ranking of the nation’s top 100 security systems integrators, sponsored by SDM Magazine.

In my role as Network Security Engineer:
Enterprise WAN/LAN/VPN architecture design, implementation, management & monitoring of firewalls, routers, WAN accelerators, content filters, switches, and Debian/RedHat/CentOS Linux servers. I also managed 30+ Linux servers providing infrastructure monitoring utilities, various core network services, as well as intranet and extranet services.

In my role as Network & Systems Engineer:
Enterprise WAN/LAN/VPN architecture implementation, management & monitoring. (Firewalls, WAN accelerators, content filters, & switches) I also managed 20+ Debian/RedHat/CentOS Linux servers.

Computer Hardware IncComputer Hardware Inc Logo
Grand Island, Nebraska
10/2001 – 06/2005: Lead Sales and Service Technician
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Computer Hardware, Inc. is a computer retail and warranty service center for HP/Compaq, Apple, and Acer, and is south central Nebraska’s leading Apple Computer specialist. Computer Hardware Inc., currently has five locations and is growing every year.

Computer Hardware Inc. clients range from individual users and small businesses, to large automotive resellers, law firms, department store chains, and large architectural design firms.In my role as a Lead Sales and Service Technician:
My responsibilities included the sales and manufacturer-authorized warranty service and repair of many computer manufacturers and associated peripheral devices. Duties ranged from basic computer and printer repair, to network design and configuration, to application support.As part of my responsibilities with Computer Hardware, Inc.

Computer Hardware Inc. also had a contract to provide field service technicians (FST) for the Cardinal Health – Pyxis Corporation, providing technical on-site support for secure automated medication control and delivery systems, and bio-metric authentication systems for many hospitals and health care facilities in the Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri region. I was a part of this program as an FST for 3 years.

Herzog Contracting, Corp.Herzog Logo
St. Joseph, Missouri
Railway Services, P.L.U.S. Train Division
10/2003 – 08/2004: GPS Ballast Technician
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My responsibilities were for the operation and maintenance of one of twelve, Herzog-built and owned, ballast trains leased to UP, BNSF and NSX railroad companies. The train I operated used a patented programmable linear unloading system, P.L.U.S., and computer guidance via pre-programmed surveys linked to global positioning satellites to spread ballast at high speeds over the railway. This method of ballast spreading increased safety by reducing the number of ground personnel required to zero. Another benefit to this method is that, with no required ground personnel, ballast can to be spread over the railway 24hrs a day.

In addition to operating the train during ballast spreading, my responsibilities included the maintenance of each ballast rail car and their respective systems on the train. The on-board systems required scheduled maintenance on industrial batteries, ballast spread door hydraulics, hardened electronics, and two 4 cylinder diesel generators to maintain charging of a bank of batteries in each rail car. All components were required to operate at the highest level to comply with rail service company regulations.

Cabela’sCabela's Logo
Sidney, Nebraska
05/1998 – 19/1998: Deskside Support Technician
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Headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, Cabela’s is a direct marketer and specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor recreation merchandise. It’s direct marketing operation is one of the largest in the United States with over 13,000 employees, and a reported 2009 revenue of $2.63 billion.

In my role as an IT Support Technician:
My responsibility was to provide tier-2 desk-side pc, printer, and network support to staff working out of the corporate office in Sidney, NE, including support calls, tickets, device installs, upgrades, repairs, PC rebuilds and/or PC cloning.