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Mail Processing Active Directory

Fairfax, VA
September 13, 2022

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Zubair Saeed

Herndon, VA


AWS Solutions architect and CompTIA Security + certified with hands on experience in identifying, designing, and architecting solutions to improve business flows and automation needs. Driven IT professional with knowledge, experience, and expertise in cybersecurity, cloud and information systems audit and control. Demonstrated success in resolving problems and issues in high pressure, deadline environments. Possess a solid background in a dynamic range of cybersecurity and network defence. Looking to utilize his diverse set of skills and experience within a company that provides opportunity for growth and career advancement.


Bachelor of Science, Information Systems & Operations Management

George Mason University, May 2022


AWS Certified: AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-CO2)

CompTIA Security + Certified

Technical Skills

Amazon Web Services - EC2, S3, IAM, VPC, CloudFormation, ECR, SNS, SQS, AWS Lambda, Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon LightSail, Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Cognito, Amazon CloudFront

Microsoft Azure – Virtual Machines, App Services, Storage Accounts, SQL Databases, Azure Cosmos DB, Kubernetes Services, Shared Access Keys, Recovery Service Vaults, Function Apps, Web Apps, Event Hub

Database Servers: SQL, NoSQL, Network Databases, Relational Databases

Operating Systems: Windows Server (Versions), Windows, MAC OS, Linux

SDLC: Agile, Waterfall

Virtualization Skills: OS, VMware, SQL

Database Administrator Skills: Database schema creation and management, Backup and recovery, tuning and performance management, ensuring data integrity and availability, Data modeling and database design, and Metadata management.

Professional Experience

Ahmad Associates LTD, Vienna, VA February 2021 – Present

Cloud Security Analyst

Documentation Management (maintaining up to date and accurate documentation on infrastructure setup)

Analyze technical needs from the client to understand the requirements

Responsible for leading projects and initiatives and making significant contributions to the technical design and implementation of the Agency’s cloud platforms.

Evaluates cloud applications, hardware, software and implements cost-control strategies.

Assess all cloud-based risks as well as the design and execution of mitigating controls. Maintain governance of IAM roles, security practices for both normal and elevated privileged accounts. Develop technical roadmaps, Create, revise, and maintain systems documentation.

Defines and maintains network architecture and infrastructure.

Diagnoses and resolves network problems; develops network backup and recovery procedures.

Involved in security projects for identifying and remediation of risks in content hosted in cloud and company owned data centers.

Installs, tests, maintains, and upgrades operating systems software.

Assist in determining the Azure Cloud strategy.

Act as subject matter expert for the architecture, planning, implementation, and support for Office 365 and Hybrid-Office 365 implementations, Active Directory, Azure AD, Active Directory Synchronization, or Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

Enterprise backup operations and management in both an on-prem and Azure cloud environment.

Analyzing system logs and identifying potential issues with computer systems.

Applying operating system updates, patches, and configuration changes.

Installing and configuring new hardware and software.

System performance tuning and configuring storage on physical and virtual servers.

Installing and creating virtual machines and ensuring that the infrastructure is up and running.

Physical and Virtual Server Management (using Hyper-V)

Identity and User Access Management (using Active Directory, ADFS, automated password update management, and SSL)

Azure Resource Management (Web application setup, backup and recovery setup, and configuration, ABS management, Azure AD management)

SQL Server Management (including backup and recovery, SQL Azure setup, and SQL replication)

Security Management (firewall configuration, security event monitoring, and coordination with vendors)

Utilize Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Intrusion Detection, Prevention (IDS / IPS), Data Leakage Prevention (DLP), forensics, sniffers and malware analysis tools

Extensive knowledge of Network Access control, SQL, and Python

Assign to monitor alerts generated from all internal systems for clients

Review and provide analysis on cyber security threats identified thru pro-active threat hunting methodologies, escalated and recommended remediations measures as deemed appropriate per company policy

Consult with the technical team for changes to firewalls to ensure functionality and eliminate productivity deficits

Identified vulnerabilities, recommend corrective measures and ensure the adequacy of existing information security controls

Extensive experience in the software development life cycle (SDLC) process.

Experience in Windows and Linux system administration

Collaborate consistently with management to communicate Cybersecurity threats and educate stakeholders on risks and recommendations

Ahmad Associates LTD, Vienna, VA Dec 2020 – Feb 2021

IT/SOC/Financial Auditor

Conducted a SOC 1 type 2 audit on mail processing organizations

Ensured the active directory systems contained accurate information including all current employees in the current user section and terminated employees in the terminated section

Conducted an audit to ensure that the organization's operations had effective controls in place

Interviewed manager and HR of the mail processing organizations to get a strategic view of the organizations policies and procedures

Interviewed IT managers/staff to get a technical view to ensure proper security protocols and access controls were implemented into the system

Interviewed IT managers/staff to review the network system of the organization including firewall, network monitoring traffic, and Veeam backup recovery software

Reviewed the IT system policy and disaster recovery plan

Prepared a memo to be included in the report with recommendations on how to improve the system and controls in place

Participated in financial audits for Public Housing Authorities (PHA) and not for profit organizations

Experience in preparing trial balances for PHA entities and nonprofits and uploaded it to CCH audit software

Experience in preparing sample list for expenses transactions resulting in large amounts

Tested expense samples with supporting documents provided by client

Conducted separate compliance audit on PHA`s for tenant files including waiting lists, move-ins move-outs, and current tenants.

Tested tenants’ samples to ensure all supporting documents were submitted as part of application process

AAA Virginia, Woodbridge, VA August 2018 – Oct 2018

Jr. System/Network Administrator intern

Manage Amazon Web Services such as EC2, S3, RDS, SNS, SQS, etc.

Expertise in architecting secure VPC solutions in AWS with the help of Network ACL’s, security groups, public and private network configurations

Create S3 buckets and managing policies for S3 buckets

Experience in managing and maintaining IAM policies for organizations in AWS to define groups, create users, assign roles, and define roles for role-based access to AWS resources.

Create snapshots and amazon machine images (AMI’s) of instances for backup and creating clone instances

Provide technical support by troubleshooting day to day issues with various servers on different platforms

Manage systems routine backup, scheduling jobs, enabling cron jobs, enabling system logging and network logging of servers for maintenance

Managing Active Directory users, devices and passwords, DNS, SQL servers and patching updates.

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