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Vanessa Vasile
IT Manager Information Security Specialist Platform Engineer IT Consultant cPanel Expert
Vanessa Vasile

Hello, I'm Vanessa

IT Manager Information Security Specialist Platform Engineer IT Consultant cPanel Expert

About me

Vanessa Vasile

Virginia Beach, VA, USA

My IT career started around 2003, when I took on a minor role as a computer technician at my dad's company. In 2004, during my senior year of high school, I took several IT certification classes at a local college, and eventually went on to enroll ECPI with a major in Network Security. I got my first real gig in 2006 when I started working for InMotion Hosting, where I have remained ever since. I began as a Tier 1 technical support rep wearing several hats. At the time I had no experience with Linux or any sort of programming, so I worked hard to learn everything I could. Over time my career progressed, and I'm now the manager of the Tier 3 Operations department, which is the highest level technical department in the company.

In 2009, I started an IT consulting business to offer my expertise to other companies and continue to grow my skills and experience. Nowadays, I support over 100 clients across various platforms. My services are also utilized by several government agencies, specifically for assistance in investigating credit card fraud and other cyber crimes, obtaining PCI and other security compliance, and training teams on cyberforensics and security protocols. Not to mention of course, maintaining thousands of Linux servers across the globe.

  • 15 Years+ Job

    Experience

  • 200+ Projects

    Completed

  • 100+ Clients

    Who love me :)

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What I Do My Services

Server Administration

True to my career roots, I'm an expert in Linux server administration. I have 15 years of experience with setting up, managing, and securing Linux servers, and am well-versed in the web hosting industry.

Training

I've spoken at a number of conferences and trade show events, and have extensive knowledge in various aspects of the IT industry that I love to teach. Part of my role with various companies is developing and maintaining comprehensive technical documentation and training material.

Cyber Security

With a strong background in cyber security and forensics, I've worked with dozens of companies in helping them track down and resolve security issues, obtain compliance, and investigate credit card fraud and other cyber crimes.

Team & Project Management

Taking an idea or concept and forming it into a completed product has been a vital skill in developing solutions and platforms for my clients. I have experience with both large-scale and the tiniest of projects, as well as managing technical and product teams to obtain the best results, while keeping morale high and costs low.

Resume

Professional Work History

Aug 2006 - Present
IT Manager, Tier 3 Operations
(2017 - Present)
Team Lead, Tier 3 Operations
(2012 - 2017)
Systems Architect
(2009 - 2012)
System Administrator
(2007 - 2009)
Technical Support
(2006 - 2007)

Went from answering technical support calls to running a team of bright individuals.

December 2009 - Present
CTO, Founder

Providing IT consultation services to other companies.

Knowledge Areas Technology

Operating Systems & Panels

Linux - Redhat/CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu, cPanel, Plesk

Virtualization

Virtuozzo, OpenVZ, KVM, Xen, VMWare, Openstack, Cloud Services (AWS, Google, Most all cloud providers such as Digital Ocean, Rackspace, Vultr, etc)

Software

Wordpress, CloudLinux, ModSec, CSF/APF/iptables, BIND, MySQL/MariaDB, Red5, Apache, Nginx, LiteSpeed, RoR

Monitoring, Backups, & Automation

Nagios, Icinga, Cacti, Puppet, Git, GoCD, Duplicity, Restic

Programming Languages

Bash, PHP, Python, HTML

Compliance

PCI DSS, HIPAA, CSA, ISO 27001

Professional Certifications

CompTIA A+ 2005 Version

CompTIA Network+ N10-006, NT10-007

CompTIA Security+ SY0-401, SY0-501

Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching

NICCS CECL Certified Expert Cyber Law

NICCS CECI Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations

GIAC GSEC Security Essentials Certification

ISC CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional

PCISS PCIP PCI Professional

I also hold a number of vendor-specific certifications, which are ackhowledgements issued by companies to certify your proficiency level with their software or platform. I currently hold these acknowledgements with cPanel, Mirantis (for OpenStack), and Nimble.

I'm currently actively working on my AWS Associate and Professional certifications!

My Education Background

2011 - 2012
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Computer Science, Machine Learning

2005 - 2009, 2010 - 2012
ECPI University

Masters in Information Systems - IT/Network Security

2004 - 2005
Advanced Technology Center

A+ Computer Repair, A+ Networking

Projects

Unlike designers, sysadmins can't really take screenshots of their work :( I've described some of the cool stuff I've worked on over the years, and hope to one day figure out how to make this into a portfolio.

Please note that due to client confidentiality and NDAs, I'm not always able to identify who the following projects were completed for. If you would like testimonials from identified clients, please click here
Areas4

System Administration & Architecture

  • •Setting up, securing, and managing Linux servers. More specifically for web hosting or application hosting.
  • •Installing and updating software
  • •Troubleshooting both simple and complex issues
  • •Designing custom infrastructure (include use of AWS components to build a VPC)

Project Management

  • •Implementing new products: I've helped hosting providers expand their markets, and create value to existing products by implementing and improving features
  • •Helping startups establish infrastructure, and creating frameworks for operational procedures and security policies
  • •Leading large technical projects through both traditional and Agile methods

Cyber Security

  • •Investigating points of instrusion within web applications and systems
  • •Forensic analysis of compromised systems
  • •Data recovery
  • •Ensuring legal compliance for Internal companies
  • •Drafting security policies for organizations
  • •Auditing for and fulfilling PCI Compliane requirements

Technical Management

  • •Leading technical teams, both small and large
  • •Training, both direct and through customized training material
  • •Coaching and teambuilding

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Contact

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There are a few ways to contact or hire me:

If you want to hire my consultation company, please Open a ticket
If you want to hire me via upwork,
here is my profile
If you just want to email me, my email address is vanessa [at] thecpaneladmin [dot] com.