Monday, September 14, 2015

Ebony Cousins - Cybersecurity expert - TS/SCI CI Poly

Ebony Cousins
Cyber Security Professional

Hephzibah, GA
Transitioning Chief Warrant Officer with 20+ years of Cyber Security Operations, Information Assurance and IT solutions technical leadership and management experience. Extensive proficiency in leading military IT initiatives; strong working knowledge of complex IT networks and related security concerns.

Top Secret Clearance/SCI with CI Polygraph

Cyber Network Warfare Planner
United States Army - Augusta, GA
August 2013 to February 2014, August 2015 to Present
US Army Cyber Protection Brigade, Augusta, GA, USA. Supervisor Melissa Williams, 706-791-2222. Hours per week: 60
Cyber Network Warfare Planner (8/2013 to 2/2014, 8/2015 to Present)
Key Skills: Cyber Security, Information Assurance, Management, Training & Development, Evaluation & Improvement
Responsibilities: Serves as the Cyber Protection Team (CPT), Cyber Network Warfare Planner for the US Army Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB). Apply comprehensive technical knowledge to Army and Joint planning processes in order to effectively deploy and conduct full spectrum cyber operations. Identify, track and eradicate cyber threats and vulnerabilities directed against DoDIN and Army systems and networks. Coordinate cyber inspections, threat emulation, information systems training and protection for DoDIN and Army organizations as directed. Ensures synchronization and de-confliction of assigned missions between USSCYBERCOM, ARCYBER, and the USA CPB. Mentor, train and evaluate the work performance of subordinates. Interface with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), both military and civilian; providing consulting expertise on Defense Cyber Operations (DCO).
Selected Accomplishments:
·       Recognized by the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade Commander for superior incident response support to the National Cyber Protection Team during Joint Cyber Flag Exercise.

Senior Watch Officer
National Security Agency - Augusta, GA
February 2014 to August 2015
Tailored Access Operations (TAO), National Security Agency – Georgia (NSA-G), Augusta, GA, USA. Supervisor Cleo Lamkin, 762-206-3375. Hours per week: 60
Senior Watch Officer (2/2014 to 8/2015) 
Key Skills: Compliance Management, Risk Management, Training & Development, Presentations, Communication, Technology, Multimedia Instruction, Microsoft Office Suite 2010 Proficient
Responsibilities: Direct representative of National Security Agency-Georgia (NSA-G), Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Supervised 24/7 Computer Network Operations (CNO) activities conducted by joint services military and civilian personnel. Identified, developed, and enforced policies related to conducting and supervising CNO activities; provided technical guidance, ensured legal compliance, conducted risk management analysis, and managed tasking and welfare of vital TAO operational support systems. Coordinated with analyst, software developers, infrastructure engineers, and operators to ensure optimal tactical and strategic-level customer response. Maintained awareness of ongoing events and dynamic requirements, adjusted priorities to assist team members as needed, and prioritized troubleshooting procedures to ensure efficient operations.

Enterprise Cyber Security Operations Officer
United States Army - Kuwait
August 2012 to July 2013
160th Signal Brigade, Southwest Asia Cyber Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Supervisor: MAJ Christopher Lowrance, […] Hours per week: 60.
Enterprise Cyber Security Operations Officer (8/2012 to 7/2013)

Key Skills: Cyber Security, Information Assurance, Management, Training & Development, Program Evaluation & Improvement, Planning, Communication, Technical

Responsibilities: Planned and conducted 24/7 network security operations and defense across seven countries to include Iraq and Afghanistan, ensuring US and coalition freedom of action within cyberspace. Facilitated and supervised the HP ArcSight installation, upgrade, and training for nineteen remote sites throughout Kuwait and Afghanistan. Enforced Host Based Security System (HBSS) Device Control Module (DCM), Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) and antivirus policies on servers and over 200,000 workstations in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Provided technical expertise and assistance in data collection, correlation and analysis for incident handling through HBSS and HP ArcSight Security Information & Event Management (SIEM). Created global security policies, standards and procedures to help detect, categorize and respond to cyber security threats. Coordinated with external organizations to identify
risky operational practices, develop and implement more effective network defense security solutions and strategies; enhancing the cyber security posture throughout theater.

Selected Accomplishments:
·       Identified requirements for and designed the DoD NIPRNET DMZ Extension plan for the Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Main Control Facility (MCF) per Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIGs).
·        Implemented a Deny All Permit by Exception (DAPE) policy on eight-teen high-side and low-side network firewalls across Kuwait and Iraq.
·       Co-creator of the first Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) working for the Southwest Asia Cyber Center (SWACC).
·       Provided technical input and supervised team that developed and deployed Rouge System Detector (RSD) coverage plan using a spanning port solution that was commended by DISA inspectors as a module the entire Department of Defense (DoD) could emulate.

Information Assurance Manager
Technology Management
July 2009 to July 2012
513th Military Intelligence Brigade, Augusta, GA. Supervisor: Simon McKenzie, […] Hours per week: 60
Key Skills: Information Assurance, Certification and Accreditation, Vulnerability Management, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Incident Response, Staff Management, Technology Management, Documentation, Communication, Process Redesign, Training & Development
Responsibilities: Served as the Information Assurance Manager (IAM) for a deployable theater-level Military Intelligence Brigade that conducted multi-disciplined intelligence tasking, exploitation, collection and processing of data for Army Central Command (ARCENT). Ensured system interoperability and performed system administration of tactical and garrison systems. Conducted annual business continuity and disaster recovery exercises to evaluate the unit’s ability to respond to a disaster. Ensured Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM) compliance for over 2,200 workstations and servers on a weekly basis. Designed and implemented initial DoD 8570 IA compliance training and certification program. Managed development of personnel through job related training programs to ensure preparedness to install operate and maintain organic communication systems and Commercial of the Shelf (COTS) equipment.
Selected Accomplishments:
·       Led technical and administrative efforts accrediting three networks under Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Program (DIACAP), resulting in one receiving a full three year accreditation and the other two receiving Interim Approval to Operate (IATO).
·       Lead technician to test a TS/SCI tunneling package with the Fort Gordon Signal Center to be routed through the Joint Network Node (JNN) to support units without an organic Trojan Spirit.
·       Developed and implemented the Brigade’s first Incident Response Plan for handling investigation and remediation procedures.
·       Designed and implemented initial DoD 8570 IA compliance training and certification program.
·       Ensured Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM) compliance for over 2,200 workstations and servers.

Network Technician / Computer Network Defense Team Supervisor
Network Management
March 2006 to June 2009
US Army Europe, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Mannheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany/ Baghdad Iraq. Supervisor: Paul Howard, […] Hours per week: 60
Key Skills: Leadership, Team Building, Communication, Performance Evaluation, Coaching, Mentoring, Technology Proficiency, Logistics, Problem Solving, Documentation & Reporting

Planned, established and maintained multiple network links utilizing satellite, radio, and line of site forms of transmission. Played key role in overall health of network, server deployments and security by ensuring network connectivity throughout LAN/WAN infrastructure, providing Tier 2 and Tire 3 support. Trained personnel in communication Data Packages and Joint Network Node operations before and during combat operations in Iraq. Facilitated DIACAP network accreditation transition for both tactical and strategic networks, creating better controls for addressing, accessing, and correcting system vulnerabilities. Created, modified, and maintained network topology diagrams. Published Information Assurance / Computer Network Defense Policy for the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Joint Network Node operators. Maintained command control of all assets by installing SolarWinds monitoring tools.

Selected Accomplishments:
·       Simultaneously managed and maintained six separate Local Area Networks (LAN) separated by over 250 miles in Iraq, supporting users with commercial, non-secure and secure tactical voice and data services.
·       Managed the technical redesign and virtualization of two Technical Control Facilitates (TCF’s) providing services for over 3,000 customers.

Instructor/ Writer/ Operations Officer
United States Army – Augusta, GA
September 2001 to March 2006
447th Signal Battalion, Augusta, GA. Supervisor: SFC Clyde Hudgins, […] Hours per week: 60.
Instructor/ Writer/ Operations Officer (9/2001 to 3/2006)

Key Skills: Training Management, Training & Development, Curriculum Development, Facilitation, Program Evaluation & Improvement, Planning, Presentations, Communication, Technology, Multimedia Instruction, Student Relations, Performance Optimization, Logistics

Responsibilities: Successfully educated and graduated 4000+ highly qualified, hard-working personnel; prepared all graduates for rigorous IT roles annually. Planned and oversaw technical training to improve the capabilities and knowledge base of personnel and students. Provided one-on-one training to students exhibiting difficulty learning and researched and developed training specialized to address specific student shortcomings.  Evaluated training needs and oversaw development and assessment of Program of Instruction (POI) for MOS 25Q (Multi-Channel Transmission Operator/Maintainer). Wrote, revised and continuously fine-tuned courses, lesson plans, lectures, seminars, conferences and teaching materials to capture attention and provide exceptional-quality education while complying with POI and current policies. Developed and implemented intensive hands-on evaluation procedures for radio operations. Served as Battalion Training Officer responsible for comprising and publishing training schedules, coordinating quarterly training briefs, and scheduling personnel for Professional Military Education (PME) training and courses for advancement. In addition served as the Battalion Equal Opportunity (EO) representative; responsible for generating quarterly reports, providing quarterly training and planning ethnic observance programs. Managed facilities, training devices, instructors, and supply requirements needed to ensure student success.

Bachelor of Science Information Systems Management
University of Maryland University College - Adelphia, MD, 2015

Associate of Science in General Studies
Georgia Military College – Milledgeville, GA, 2008

GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED), 2015 
Joint Network Attack Course, 2013 
Information Protection Technician Course, 2012 
Computer Network Operations Planners Course, 2012 
• Host-Based Security System (HBSS) Administrator
Course, 2012
JNN Network Operations Course, 2007 
• Network Management Technician Course, 2005
• Warrant Officer Candidate School, 2005 
• Joint Network Transport Capabilities – Spiral (JNTC-S) Manager Course, 2005
• Information Assurance Security Officer Course, 2002  

• Certified Military Instructor
• ITILv3 Foundation Certification in IT Service Management
• CompTIA Security+ Certification,
Global Information Assurance Certification Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
Global Information Assurance Certification Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Global Information Assurance Certification Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
Global Information Assurance Certification Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
Global Information Assurance Certification Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)
Global Information Assurance Certification Security Essentials (GSEC)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)  
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

• Bronze Star Medal
• Meritorious Service Medal (3)
• Army Commendation Medal (6)
• Joint Service Achievement Medal
• Army Achievement Medal (7) 

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