E. Charles Sterling CISSP
Business Continuity Professional
Introductory - A summary
of the many developed and practiced skills accumulated by performing
resume - An overview of experience
in Business Continuity, Emergency situations, Security (data, personnel,
facility) and Technology Consulting.
Emergency situations - A list of international experiences to reflect on catastrophes
that identify the unexpected.
[Hurricanes, Floods, police corruption, issues that can compromise the
traveler, personnel catastrophes]
Certification targeted next = CEH
- Historical events in my career include
the following which would not necessarily be on the resume.
- Countries involved in my career:
Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, England, Nigeria and Tokyo.
- Welder fabricator (array of farm, oil
- Truck driver (small loads under 20
tons, rice farms and oil field).
- Oil field services (family vacuum
service business - drilling fluids; pipe and rigging).
- Gas pipeline Compressor Stations (Buda
engine, propane gas fueled).
- Auto mechanics (maintained & rebuilt
gasoline and specific diesel engines, built hot rod 57 chevy).
- Datacenters - design, install and
maintain. Installations included being shipboard on Seismic vessels.
Datacenters were installed in multiple US states and foreign countries.
- Storage experience spans an array of
tape drives to include the Sony DTF 200GB and other high-capacity drives.
- Companies or corporate divisions that
may no longer be in business or have the same business name. These are key to
my employment or to product / services rendered.
- Digicon Geophysical, DEC, Convex, Intel
Supercomputer SP2, n-Cube, Ohio Medical Products, McGregor Clinic, Baylor
College of Medicine, Horizon Geophysical, HP High Performance products,
Storageway Inc., Pioneer Standard, Petty Ray Geophysical, Texas Instruments
and various other small businesses in many industries).
- Presales - consultant since 1982 for
array of clients,
- Projects - (DEC, Compaq, HP, Pioneer
Standard, Intel super computer, lots of use equipment business. ...
- Industries - medical, legal (discovery
& maintenance), manufacturing, ...
- datacenters - $250,000+ each, ~20 on
land / sea, ...
- Security, -
- personnel - (money
physically in country, overseas travel / planning / corrupt environments,
customs bribes & normal shipments, ...
- data - patents,
seismic & other custom software / methods, policies & procedures, ...
- business - bribery,
fines & fees to conduct business, data classification and archival methods /
sources, educate c-level on data classification, ...
- facility - physical
(boundaries, interface with local first responders, special conditions for
HAZMAT / HVAC / SAFETY for the staff themselves. ...
- Compliance - involving legal industry
educated law firms to data management and how they could violate SOX or other
compliance’s, work with childcare facilities to bring them online with FERPA
and HIPAA, .
- BCP / emergency / disaster - global, no
FEMA; corrupt officials, onboard during storms, facility location &
preparation for earthquakes and local disasters)
- Associations - Infragard (Malware lab,
emergency practice sessions), HTCIA, ISSA, NAISG, ACP, NSA, NDCPI, ...
- Presentations - HTCIA, SecureWorld Expo
(Child Safety on the Internet), worked with vendors on presentations to HL&P;
El Paso Energy; HISD and other local enterprises. ...
- Mass storage - D series tape drives, PB
tape libraries, general planning for EMC / SAN / JUKEBOX systems for
significant storage needs. Demonstrated the cost effective mode of using
remote storage (~$.10 MB in 1999). In the DEC world we brought in some of the
first StorageWorks hardware (still the best storage).
- Networks - ATM switched circuit
(predecessor to iSCSI), FDDI, (at&t mpls - multi-city, multi-office), wireless
(mounted antenna between buildings), ...
- Systems - DEC VAX (700 to 8000), DEC
PDP 8x, Texas Instruments TIMAP, Perkin Elmer 3xxx, I have several DEC Alpha
workstations that would be fun to bring back online with a more modern version
of Linux or a later Tru64 OS...
- Super computers or unique systems - DEC
Alpha, nCube, several Seismic systems, Intel SP2, FPS (floating point systems)
array processors (used market sales & repair), ...
- HVAC - datacenter needs (power
distribution, secondary AC, remote controls, fire methods in various
- One of a kind projects - via Pioneer
Standard / Compaq worked in "HAPI center" where we ported code & configured
hardware to demo to clients the advantage of using the DEC Alpha system.
Proved floating point error in HL&P's forecast program via benchmark process
of PC versus Alpha. .
- Vendors & office related - procurement,
SLA creation / alteration / compliance, vendor interface / negotiations, ...
- Inventory management - created
inventory system and staff to manage multi-million dollars of local and global
depot inventor storage areas. ..
- Customer support - years of in-house
and field service work, created customer service team to manage two dozen data
centers - global, managed private maintenance services for years. ...
- Paperwork - business plans (small
project to 5-year), create / alter / present SLA's - SOW's - responses to
RFP/Q's, department / system expense forecast toward maintenance or growth
- Research - I'm involved in many
technical areas, not limited to this array. (alternative [clean or
non-polluting or regenerating] fuels-energy-engines, advanced medicine,
obviously security and other technical areas, ..
- Programming - I don't consider myself
to be a programmer but have programmed near a dozen languages and several
scripts with most of this involved in troubleshooting or test related
- Applications - to me applications are
generally databases with a GUI, my diverse exposure to many levels of software
allow me to quickly adapt to a program that I've never seen and often do under
the guise of helping someone understand that program or to fix a problem or to
change defaults to suit the user.
- Virtualization - I started with VMware
at version .9 which was Linux only and fixed 2GB partition. I revisited VMware
around version 2.0 and again two months ago when we used VMware Workstation
(version 8 I believe) during a CEH class. virtualization was on various larger
systems that I've been on where my access / use was more as a user of the OS's
and storage than a VM operator.
- Linux - started with Linux at version
.9 when on 5.25" floppies. Initially I worked with about six distributions
before I stepped away for a while. Applications were the biggest problem at
this time. I returned to Linux just before the DEC Alpha came into my realm
which bounced me between NT4 and Linux on several DEC Alpha computers. Later
came DEC Tru64 Unix to my workings. This was the time when I met Jon “Maddog”
Hall, while he was at DEC. I currently bounce between several distributions
pending the need. (Backbox, Backtrack, uBuntu, Fedora, SUSE (Novell) and
occasionally one of several others.
- Travel - best suited to long-stay