Resume of Paul R. Wright


Detail oriented team player. I’ve got your back.

Skilled Internet services, firewall/UTM, network security and Unix/Linux administrator with extensive project management experience deploying Linux infrastructure, firewalls, threat mitigation and TCP/IP networks and services.

Network Administrator with vast experience designing and managing Cisco networks. Network security specialist with extensive experience deploying and managing Fortinet FortiGate/FortiAnalyzer/FortiManager, Cisco PIX/ASA and SNORT. Specialist in Unified Threat Management (UTM), Enterprise VPN solutions and Internet content filtering.

Seasoned Unix Systems Administrator with broad experience installing, configuring and managing Linux (RedHat, CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, SUSE), Solaris, AIX and Mac OS X.

Specialties: Web technologies, Nginx, Apple, Fortinet, Cisco, Foundry, Linux, Solaris, AIX, VMWare/Virtualbox, WebSense, Exinda, OS X, Network design/administration, Network security, firewalls, UTM, Internet content filtering, systems administration. proxies, PHP, SQL, noSQL, Docker, Joomla, WordPress, University Libraries, Meta Data


  • Unix/Linux/OS X/Windows 0perating systems
  • Apache, Nginx, Tomcat, Elasticsearch
  • CMS, WordPress
  • DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, LDAP
  • Forward & Reverse proxy servers
  • SMTP, IMAP, POP eMail Systems
  • TCP/IP network design and administration
  • Network security and firewalls
  • Unified Threat Management
  • Network performance monitoring & reporting
  • Internet content filtering
  • Network Quality of Service (QoS) & packet shaping
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN), SSL and IPSec
  • Network file and print services
  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • Scripting languages: PHP, JavaScript, .NET, perl, bash, python, SQL/MySQL/NoSQL


Director & Independent Consultant • PRW Networks • 09/2010-present

  • Achieve client budget savings by installing and maintaining Linux/Unix and Mac systems.
  • Derive economies of scale by deploying. Linux/Apache/Nginx/PHP/MySQL solutions on commodity hardware.
  • Increase network uptime and reliability by designing, sourcing, installing and maintaining TCP/IP networks.
  • Improve network security and access by sourcing, installing and maintaining firewall and network security solutions.
  • Enhance ease of client Website maintenance by designing database­driven & WordPress Websites.
  • Strengthen client piece of mind by providing on-call network support and systems administration.
  • Expand company marketing reach by creating, implementing and maintaining social network marketing strategies.
  • Boost company visibility by configuring and maintaining Google analytics & Adwords.
  • Manage IT projects, contractors and support professionals allowing management to attend to core business lines.

Network Administrator • Cincinnati Public Schools • 02/2001-08/2010

  • Designed and managed 72 location, 15,000+ node wide area network comprised of Cisco, Foundry, eXtreme and 3com equipment increasing network reliability and uptime.
  • Increased network security by deploying Unified Threat Management (FortiGate UTM), Packet Shaping (Exinda), virus mitigation, and Internet content filtering (WebSense).
  • Cut telecommunications and travel costs by deploying multi-site IPSec and SSL VPNs.
  • Streamlined deployment and management of Cisco, Fortinet, Foundry and Extreme network equipment by creating & maintaining library of equipment configuration scripts and revision control (CVS/Git).
  • Created processes to streamline management and publication of CPS Website content resulting in more timely content distribution.
  • Achieved 99.99 percent accessibility for CPS Web sites by deploying multiple, redundant Internet connections.
  • Deployed Open Source solutions on Linux and Windows Server to work within tight budgets while providing enhanced services, system monitoring and stability.
  • Managed systems installation and administration for Linux, Solaris, AIX, Windows Server and OS X in primary and secondary data centers improving disaster recovery and backup.
  • Developed internal support and monitoring services using perl, PRTG, .NET, PHP and MySQL.

LEAD NETWORK ANALYST • TriHealth • 01/1998-02/2001

  • Align firewall configurations with corporate security policies by designing, installing and maintaining enterprise wide network security infrastructure (CheckPoint Firewall-1) increasing asset security and assuring HIPAA compliance.
  • Optimize security incident response time by designing and implementing an intrusion detection system utilizing Open Source tools (SNORT).
  • Design, Implement and Maintain Enterprise Messaging Infrastructure (Microsoft Exchange Server) realizing enterprise cost savings through software standardization.
  • Optimize server performance and uptime by formalizing system firmware and software update process. (AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Windows Server).
  • Provide top-notch customer service to all users of enterprise server services on Unix and Windows systems resulting in increased user satisfaction. (AIX, HP-UX, SCO, Linux, Windows Server).
  • Enhance Internet access and performance by installing and maintaining Internet Proxy Servers (Microsoft ISA, Squid).
  • Oversee uptime and management of corporate Web presence ensuring high availability.

INTERNET FIREWALL SPECIALIST. XLConnect (now Xerox-Connect), Cincinnati, OH. January 1997-March 1998.

  • Provision Internet services (T-1, ISDN, OC-3, ATM, DSL, ethernet)
  • Deploy Internet Firewalls using Cisco PIX and Checkpoint Firewall-1
  • Perform Firewall server hardening installation, trouble-shooting, support and administration
  • Design and install Local and Wide Area Networks
  • TCP/IP network design and administration: Cisco, Extreme, Foundry/Brocade, 3Com
  • Network Security: Cisco PIX/ASA, Fortinet Firewalls, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer,CheckPoint, Juniper, SNORT Intrusion Detection System
  • Unified Threat Management: Network/Email virus mitigation, Internet content filtering
  • Telecommunications networks provisioning
  • Network Quality of Service: Qos, packet shaping
  • Network analysis w/ Ethereal/WireShark, TCPdump
  • Perform security audits
  • Develop security policies
  • Install Web, News, Mail, DNS, NTP, Proxy, and Directory servers on UNIX and WindowsDesign and install Local and Wide Area Networks
  • Provide UNIX (Solaris,  AIX, Linux) and Windows network installation, trouble-shooting, support and administration
  • Design and install Local and Wide Area Networks


M.L.I.S. Indiana University Library and Information Science
B.A. Auburn University Economics/Philosophy


Librarian/Web Master/Unix Systems Administrator. The Union Institute. September 1995 – January 1997.

  • Oversee operation of University Library
  • Perform UNIX Systems Administration (Solaris and Linux)
  • Design and maintain all aspects of University’s Web site
  • Administer all aspects of enterprise E­mail systems
  • Perform all aspects of TCP/IP Network Administration
  • Develop Internet­ accessible information systems/databases
  • Provide PC/Mac Desktop support

Reference and Digital Services Librarian. Duke University Libraries. June 1994 – August 1995.

  • Perform collection development in business and economics
  • Provide reference services
  • Provide PC/Mac Desktop support
  • Train patrons and staff in the use of Library resources and technologies

Reference and Digital Services Librarian. Miami University Libraries 1990 – 1994.

  • Provide collection development in all areas of business & economics
  • Provide reference and research services
  • Serve as liaison to all faculty of the Business School
  • Maintain online database subscriptions
  • Provide training in the use of all online databases