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NOTE to RECRUITERS – you should let your clients know to review this online cover letter – it is the game changer in clients bringing me on-board. I’ve discovered that past recruiters dilute my info so much when presenting to clients, I appear to be JUST another run of the mill candidate, which I am not. Additionally, I have not yet overseen any $20-50 million projects, only under $2 million (see ‘Projects’ below).

Please, to not waste your valuable time if your firms’ management team is not forward AND long-range thinking and the firm requires bringing in someone with several years of practical “day-to-day”  work ‘hands-on’ experience on day 1 – as much as it pains me to say it, you should not contact me. If your firm is erroneously looking through the lenses of ‘must have 2 or 5 or 10 years of hands-on work experience.’ I do not have that cloud job experience yet I only have knowledge and training from:

  • in-person classes,
  • multiple courses and over the past months
  • many, many, many labs
  • plus several AWS certs & gaining more at this point

If the primary driver for your firms’ position is specific ‘hands-on’ AWS cloud work experience, on day 1, you should stop here – you will appreciate it.  I have been focused on learning all of the AWS skillsets necessary to gain the different certifications – no time yet to focus only on 1 or 2 subsets within AWS to become a guru in those 1 or 2 areas. But, Big Data, IoT & Machine Learning are on the horizon, in the next round of materials to learn.

So, “What’s in it for you, the Senior Manager / Executive decision maker (if you are the VERY forward & long range thinker I hope you are)?”  —> What’s in if for you is a stellar employee for your firm/agency, as you see the significant work poured into my cloud growth to move into a cloud role. As one recruiter put it (in good terms), I am a jack-of-all-trades, while master of none. Actually, it is a “LOT” of IT trades, “all” interrelated (PC, data, networks, communication, InfoSec, Cybersecurity, etc.), which is a good thing.

My unfettered aim is to move into “Virtualization“, specifically ==>> an AWS Cloud Solutions Architect & Security or AWS Cloud Ops Engineering role to do:  

  a} virtualization/cloud architecture & strategy

  b} Security efforts as a secondary role

  c) with any policy work last (I no longer wish to do policy as a primary or secondary role

using the combination of my skillsets, as these are the future for anything IT (or IoT). For me, Cloud/Virtualization Architect / Ops Engineer (Operations & Security) is an excellent fit since IT has been the primary thrust for most of my career in non-cloud roles (voice & data communication (networking), routers, firewalls, PC Support, InfoSec/Cyber security, etc). Ops Engr role versus actual DevOps is more along my lines – troubleshooting, problem solving & improving – figuring out where snags out and making whatever better and I want to do this in the Cloud…

To be clear, I have no reluctance or reticence in my goal of ‘moving out of‘ Information Assurance roles (specifically, no more & A, Governance or A & A).

Education success:

CURRENT Certifications & Education:

** CCSK  ** AWS Cloud Solutions Architect Associate, ** AWS Certified Developer Associate CISSP-ISSEP   plus ==>>  MBA Technology Management (Strategy & Innovation) & MScIA (InfoSec/Cyber Security)

Other courses & certs — Likely sitting for these 3 Professional level certifications in Jul – Aug 2017 ==>> AWS Cloud Solutions Architect Professional AND (1 or both of the specialty courses introduced at Amazon’s Nov 2016 re:Invent in Las Vegas) AWS Advanced Networking Specialty && AWS Security Specialty (also learning Python & Chef as I find time)  

(previous expired certs –> Cisco routers (CCNA), CheckPoint Firewalls (CCSA & CCSE), Novell network (CNE) Engineer, plus others such as Voice & Data-communication)

 

Overview

Intentional Break (for you to stop)

What I Bring (what sets me apart)

My Brand

My Goal

Past / Current Tech (virtualization/cloud) Efforts

My Story

Previous IT Projects ($ 1/2 million & $1.6 million) – as Nationwide Manager of Mainframe/Network Security, Data Communications, PC Support & Help Desk

Links (My papers – virtualization, strategy, tech, cyber security, intelligence, more)

 

Overview

You ‘must‘ use your considerable insight and look at my recent background in totality with ‘all’ of my background. Look at it in conjunction with what I’ve done these past 18 months outside of work (learning virtualization / cloud / DevOps, SDN & NFV (basics), SPLUNK (basic) and refreshing my old CCNA) to move forward. It is my innate adaptability to move into something new and rapidly move ahead of other members of any team – and bringing them with me.

Please stop here if you’re ‘automatically thinking’ the content used throughout this cover letter is comprised of buzz words, phrases or glib statements being bandied about.They are not.’ The content all embodies my passions, and for those who look will see this is what is gained in having me onboard. The content is all explicitly considered to convey to you, ‘I am what I say’ (written or spoken).

Intentional Break — Otherwise, please read on to see if you value a ‘richer & fuller‘ individual. 

 

 

 

If you are at this point, thanks for your due diligence – I look forward to working with you.

What I bring‘, this combination of my make up is what sets me apart:

  • Mindset for ‘Success’ for everyone (from junior members to executive staff)
  • Role model
  • Energy‘ and ‘Integrity
  • Adept, Adaptive & Strategic
  • Learner
  • Communicator
  • Thinker – of other, hopefully better solutions/possibilities – Enough so for example that junior intelligence analysts on other teams came to me be their intelligence mentor – because I try to think of and use solutions which include multiple aspects, related or not
  • Deep & Multilateral Thinker (multiple vectors at once), not just linearly (sequentially)
  • Problem solver & Trouble shooter
  • Ability to extrapolate (looking at the trees AND forest at the same time)
  • Collaboration
  • Seeing the weak spots as well as the strong points in various settings
  • Assist everyone respectfully, no matter their color, gender, religion, age or position
  • Able to easily work under pressure (I become very serious & focused when this happens – and it annoys folks that I do not joke around or take it ‘easy’ at this stage)

I am looking‘ to become a key player, now – and later, a significant key player in multiple cloud/virtualization areas, including SDN/NFV (if possible).

My Brand – Technologist & People Person with a GREAT attitude; Deep Cognitive Diversity (* see below) and an AUTONOMIC Reflex to improve efforts with successful outcomes – a THINKER & DOER (because I like challenging issues) — I am the type person you want (and need) as part of your team.

My Goal — specifically‘ moving into Virtualization Architect/Strategy (cloud), SDN/NFV & including InfoSec as these are the future for anything IT (or IoT). Technology, virtualization, is where I am meant to be… even if I do not have 2, 5 or 10 years of cloud experience (I don’t know of many out there who do). After the considerable effort and expenses laid out to learn Cloud {and SDN/NFV, SPLUNK}, I have shown I have the drive and inclination to make any team successful in ‘the Cloud.’

Past / Current Tech (virtualization/cloudEfforts

In “moving out” of my senior Info Assurance & Risk Management oversight role for C & A (A & A) – I spent the past year investing a significant amount of time & expense in the classes/courses and learning:

  • Jun 2016 ==> obtained CSA CCSK cloud certification from Cloud Security Alliance 
  • Jul 2016 ==> obtained AWS (Amazon) Cloud Solution Architect associate cert (I’ve had both in-person classes ==> AWS SysOps AWS Cloud Solutions Architect ) 
  • Aug 2016 ==> this month was spent prepping for VMware NSX cert before I stopped this path  
  • Nov 2016 ==> obtained AWS Certified Developer associate cert  

currently prepping for and likely sitting for the following 2 certifications in Aug 2017:

  • AWS Cloud Solutions Architect Professional cert    
  • AWS Advanced Networking Specialty cert   

Plus, working on the following:

  • An Advanced CloudFormation course
  • AWS Security Specialist (cert in Sept)
  • AWS SysOps associate course (doing a rapid refresh of this course since I’m told that having this cert may also help)
  • AWS Big Data Specialist (cert in Sept??)

Previous courses:

  • VMware (in-person class)
    • VCP-NV (NSX network & security virtualization – in-person class & lab)
    • Plus multiple basic VMware courses Data Center, Cloud, vSphere, etc. (online)
  • Basic SDN/NFV courses
  • Cisco CCNA (refreshing this knowledge set)
  • SPLUNK — currently signed up for more SPLUNK, SDN & NFV courses
  • ISC2 CCSP (cloud cert from ISC2 – Jan 2018, possibly)

In returning to more technical efforts, specifically into ‘virtualization,’ I am looking at combining my background of:

  • Previous tech work: MSSP (SOC & NOC) for Routers & Firewalls; IT Level III PC & Tech Support; voice & data communications; mainframes with some Mobile Comms (BYOD) knowledge;
  • MBA & MSc – specifically relating to doing more strategic efforts
  • InfoSec & Cybersecurity plus
  • Intelligence Analyst efforts (strategy & tactical)

 

My Story

Experience & Leadership:

  • POINT PERSON providing InfoSec briefings to U.S. Ambassadors abroad (one Ambassador kept me for 1 ½ hours per his engagement and interest despite his Exec. Secretary having asked me to cut scheduled 1 hour briefing to 20 min)
  • DIRECTED 24 x 7 watch floor all-source Intelligence Analysts (contractors & military (enlisted/officer)) on global intelligence and cyber security threats.
  • MANAGER of 4 nationwide teams at same time: Computer & Network Security; Comm network (voice & data), PC & Network Support and Help Desk
  • Ability to translate tech-speak for executive leadership and vice versa
  • PROJECT MANAGER role in multiple firms and federal entities
  • Provide briefings up to senior executives and 2 & 3 star officers
  • Languages: Learned to read, write and speak 4 languages
  • Knowledge: Cohort leader in both grad degree programs AND learner of new tech (i.e. Virtualization and Mobile Communication) – as well as writings on multiple topics such as:
  • === Pie in the Sky or Strategic & Creative Moves to Cloud & IoT Tech Success
  • === Magic Beans! Virtualization, Security & Risk, SDN, NFV and Mobile BYOD – A Disruptive “Successful” Future
  • === Risk & Risk Management: Ideas, Thoughts & Perspectives for new CEOs, Presidents, EVPs, CIOs, CTOs, CSOs & Managers
  • === Intelligence: for YOU, for Business Intelligence or for National Security;
  • === Data Breaches; Mobile Communication & Devices and Cybersecurity; & more

Use & understanding of:

  • Intelligence (individual, business & national security) and the need for critical AND creative thinking
  • Strategy and looking at micro / macro (holistic) issues(s) of the moment and also upcoming efforts of tomorrow
  • Creativity to improve processes
  • Working in high pressure/time sensitive environments (from SOCs to CYBERCOMMAND)

* Deep Cognitive Diversity, what I mean: a very broad and somewhat comprehensive knowledge set of multiple areas: technology, intelligence, education, experience, etc. Basically, Cognitive Diversity, as I write in a separate paper, is a combination of everything that makes a person who they are – the broader and richer the background, the more that person can draw on to be successful in whatever they do.

{NOTE: Only looking for this new role, in the D.C. area.  No more 70 – 80 mile round trip commuting as I did to Ft. Meade AND ‘no relocation’ to any city.}

Previous IT Projects ($ 1/2 million  &  $1.6 million) – as Nationwide Manager of Mainframe/Network Security, Data Communications, PC Support & Help Desk

Change to IBM RACF for Network / User Security Access (built in CapEx at the VP of IT & Finance level)

My responsibility was geared towards:

  • Rolling out new security processes (accesses) for the nationwide enterprise
  • Creating white paper process of:
    • What is happening
    • What to do
    • What is allowed
    • What is not allowed
    • Troubleshooting access issues
  • Creating a troubleshooting tree list for the nationwide Help Desk team
  • Introduce the new process to all VPs, Managers and Supervisors at each site (conference room sessions)
    • Gain stakeholder buy-in was key for this success
    • Explicitly (verbally and written) state that users accounts will be immediately revoked if passwords are left under keyboards, pasted to monitors or other desktop/drawer locations – and that supervisors would have to contact us to reinstate users’ access (managers/supervisors had total buy-in on this)
  • Introduce the new process to all users at each site, via Supervisory staff for each branch/division

Mainframe related – Install new network due to Arson

Arson act targeted against another office at N. Hollywood office location unfortunately burned out our remote office in that building.

Budget – $500,000                                    Deadline – one weekend

My responsibility was geared towards:

  • Determining and laying out game plan to restore site functionality at new site (and gaining VP approval of course),
  • Gaining manpower (8 people) from the current work IT operations/programming staff (move equipment),
  • Overtime for those individuals,
  • pulling and laying communication cables (copper) – had a vendor do this,
  • moving equipment for ~200 seats into another temporary office space in a different building
    • Data communication – terminals, controllers, multiplexer, data modems
    • Voice communication – analog PBX and phones
  • Configuring at:
    • New remote site: Data comm controllers, muxes and modems
    • HQ office: Front End Processor had to be re-configured to:
      • Remove old data comm info for the burnt out site and
      • Add new config info to connect to new site
  • Oversee vendor config of new PBX and verify PBX config info
  • Testing to ensure voice and data links all functioned:
    • Verify that users are able to use terminals and phones on their desktops

Slept on couch in lobby of new site in order to ensure “everything” was working by that Monday morning…

Mainframe related – Install new network for two story structure for new remote office location

Budget – $1.6 million                    Deadline – 3 weeks

My responsibility was geared towards:

  • Determining and laying out game plan to get new site up and running over that time frame (and gaining CEO & IT VP approval of course),
  • Gaining manpower (11 people) from the current work IT operations/programming staff (move equipment & assist in pulling copper),
  • Overtime for those individuals,
  • pulling and laying communication cables (copper) – had a vendor do this (with our people support),
  • moving equipment for ~350 seats into the 2 story office space
    • Data communication – terminals, controllers, multiplexers, data modems
    • Voice communication – analog PBX and phones
  • Configuring at:
    • New remote site – data comm controllers, muxes and modems
    • HQ office: Front End Processor had to be configured to:
      • Add new config info to connect to new site
  • Oversee vendor config of new PBX and verify PBX config info
  • Testing to ensure voice and data links all functioned
    • Verify that users are able to use terminals and phones on their desktops
  • Set up and configure the several Windows PCs we had at the time, primarily for the executive and secretarial staff

No need to sleep on couch here – but massive daily hours on to ensure everything succeeds as scheduled

Links

Profile & some papers: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-a-38a7a76/  & Slideshare
Papers I’ve posted for public consumption @:

https://patrick642.wordpress.com  ~ ~ Topics ranging from: Virtualization (cloud), Cyber security / Information Security, Mobile Communication, Leadership, Communication, Diplomacy, Strategy, Intelligence (Individual, Business & National Security) to Improvements

Cloud Architecture Strategy, Success & ROI from junior Sys Admin to CEO              https://patrick642.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/cloud-architecture-strategy-success-roi/  
I was asked, “Why is it so hard to learn AWS?”           https://patrick642.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/i-was-asked-why-is-it-so-hard-to-learn-aws/
Risk & Risk Management: Ideas, Thoughts & Perspectives for new CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, CSOs & Managers                                          https://patrick642.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/risk-risk-management-ideas-thoughts-perspectives/
Successful Leadership! Part II                                 https://patrick642.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/successful-leadership-part-ii-3/  
Advice: Intelligence & Analysis & Thinking             https://patrick642.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/advice-intelligence-analysis-thinking/
Advice: Cyber Security – Entry & Advancement       https://patrick642.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/advice-cyber-security-entry-advancement/  
Strategy, Brand & Innovation: Achievers, Problems and Headaches
                                                                                 https://patrick642nu.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/strategy-brand-innovation-achievers-problems-and-headaches/  
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coming soon (as I can make time)—- 
Big Data & Cloud: Analysis & Results, Intelligence & Security
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