founded by Brian Nickerson in 1997,
has been involved in information technology for over 25 years;
this has included infrastructure networking, security,
application development with Java, .NET and XML, to global MPLS
satellite communications as a service provider, on platforms
ranging from VMware based Windows 2K3/8 with Directory Services, SUN, IBM pSeries, various Linux versions and iSeries to Large scale IBM
data security & multi-protocol networking experience
primarily using Cisco routers and switches in complex enterprise
scale and MPLS/BGP service provider environments. These enterprise
sites have contained over 5000+ nodes within a fiber linked
campus topology with multiple HSRP vLANs and layer 3 and 4
creating and supporting information assurance/security, business
continuity; disaster recovery and security policies and
procedures in accordance with the focus areas of ISO
27002. Detailed ISO security framework areas have included compliance
reviews, procedural documents, business continuity planning,
cryptographics, physical security, firewall designing,
anti-virus implementations, patch processes, database auditing,
server OS hardening, awareness training, application security and
remote site testing.
Member of the Open
Web Application Security Project - OWASP.
Skilled in IT
capital/expense project management tools and processes
such as PMBOK areas, WBS methods and SDLC administration using
MS Project and Niku/Clarity Workbench; including proven
experience with capital budgeting and overall financial planning
in a multi-project information technology environment, as well
as well as a project manager in lager matrix organizations.
Significant experience in both
managerial and operational
as a designer and analyst dealing in a high-volume
transaction environment supporting secured information.
Travel booking environment with cruise ship transactions using
CICS/DB2, financial credit card approvals - SNA APPC and with
EDI healthcare based information (eligibility and claim status)
- SNA and IP socket calls. Healthcare EDI transactions using
HIPAA compliant X12 ANS standards.
Complete project and IT data architectural planning
- End-to-end infrastructure data center moves and enhancements;
recommended vendor selection, complete installation and network
management. Have installed and designed many LANs with a mix of
both Ethernet and Token-Ring topologies, local and remote,
including campus ATM networks with VoIP integration. Hardware
has included the configuring of DACS, HSSI adapters, CSUs,
modems, ISDN TAs, hubs, bridges, switches and routers with
IPX, NetBIOS and AppleTalk. Network management has involved
physical wire analysis, LAN protocol decoding,
SNMP / RMON
reporting and base line reporting. Very experienced in building
and developing network management facilities with
SolarWinds, HP OpenView, various CA products, and CiscoWorks
2000 – complete setup, support and training.
Application development projects have included a multi-tiered
distributed Enterprise Java Bean Server, (EJB), using XML
input and output formats via
developed and marketed as a flexible model for HIPAA compliance
using EDI switching with IBM’s Websphere Advanced Server. The
design of a claims processing system using ASC X12N standard
837/835 claim transactions between large payers, TPA’s, and
banks. Experienced with developing a multi-table SQL
ColdFusion address management web application. Java
development experience using Apache Tomcat. Also, experienced in
developing multiple VB .NET Microsoft framework Oracle
Current focus is primarily in
multi-protocol network & security analysis
- both LAN and WAN - using a number of protocol analysis tools,
logging utilities, exception scanning and various intrusion
and installed multiple worldwide, Europe to Australia,
frame relay & MPLS
networks using multi-domain Windows NT, MS SNA, and Exchange
with Cisco routers.
configured remote offices via site IPSec/GRE VPNs, private T1/E1
and iDirect Ku/C band VSAT’s. Services provided included VoIP,
Internet access with various firewalls and corporate file server
access. Managed the infrastructure installation of a hybrid
facility on the largest cruise ship on the
world; RCCL’s Freedom of the Seas.
WAN Protocol support includes networking with
architecture, NetView management, TCP socket programming, and
all AS/400 communication methodologies including APPN
controllers. Established and supported connections using AT&T’s
Global Services network using NJE and APPC hosts linked via CICS/SNA
and TCP protocols. Configured, loaded, and supported local and
remote NCP SNI links via IBM 3745 to multiple GDS centers
- Galileo, Sabre, and Amadeus.
Global projects have included working with NBC and the 1992
Olympic Committee coordinating telecommunication and
broadcast video in Barcelona, Spain. Moved and consolidating
multiple data centers - database and network infrastructure.
Security projects have included the rebuilding, administration
and monitoring of multiple enterprise CheckPoint NG firewalls
/ DMZs, designing and maintaining the corporate business
recovery plan, designing and implementing the corporate IPSec
VPN (site-to-site and client access), utilizing Cisco VPN
and demand-dial W2K servers, analyzing security scans, and
analyzing / supporting anti-virus facilities.
Our large systems experiences have covered areas as diverse as
point-of-sale retail operations, vehicle rental services,
electrical utilities, real estate marketing, health management,
property management and the cruise ship travel industry.
Technical systems work has entailed all phases of
system and application software maintenance/tuning, many forms
of internal and external communications, all phases of
electronic printing, and several corporate IS projects. Have
also been involved in many data center relocation's, including
the first IBM 390 system installation in the Southeast.
Complete iSeries (AS/400)
technical and operational experience involving custom
configuration of subsystems and network objects, host based SNA
and multi-platform IP setups.
Extensive experience with installation and support requirements
for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) programs
SalesLogix and SupportLogix, both client server applications.
Experience in relocating and building Hyperion (Brio)
performance suite and SQL based Datamarts. Experienced with
data mining techniques using SPSS Clementine and Oracle 9i
database design, administration and management – from ER
creation to PL/SQL coding. Very experienced with
installing and upgrading Lumigent AuditDB - database
monitoring for compliance.
Additionally, N-cg has built many
custom designed workstations and servers
for operating systems such as OS/2, Solaris, DOS, MS Windows,
Windows NT/2K/2K3, Novell Netware and Linux platforms.
multi-vendor certifications as network and security
analysts. Highly trained on Cisco Systems routers/switches,
RSA enVision (SIEM), Network Associates Sniffers, iSeries administration, OS/390
systems programming, AIX / Linux administration, Windows NT/2K/2K3/2K8, and
IBM host communication systems. Experienced with F5 BipIP,
Microsoft and CheckPoint load balancers - at hands on, design
and planning levels.
Education includes a
Masters of Science in Management
Information Systems with honors and a
Bachelors of Science in Computer
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