Eli Array Minkoff

Computer Networking and Cybersecurity Student - Class of 2023

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I am a passionate technology enthusiast with a particular interest in computer systems, and a great deal of experience with managing Linux systems, both servers and personal computers. Computers and particularly computer security and online privacy are my passions.

I have done a lot of advanced work with Linux systems, with a particular focus on the Debian GNU/Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux families. I have worked with servers running Debian, Ubuntu, Turnkey Linux, CentOS 7, CentOS 8, Rocky Linux, and various Linux Desktop systems based on Debian and/or Ubuntu. Additionally, I have some experience with the pfSense, OpenWRT VyOS firewall/router systems, as well as Windows Server and Active Directory. In short, Cybersecurity and system administration are among my greatest passions, and I look forward to making them into my career.



Work Experience

IT Engineer

Leahy Center · March 2022 to present

Worked as an IT Engineer as part of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity’s Managed Support Service. Provided tech support for both the Leahy Center’s internal infrastructure and for 3rd-party client organizations

  • Utilized both graphical utilities and Powershell to manage account issues in Active Directory
  • Worked as part of a team to manage clients' infastructure, including Cisco routers, corporate VPNs, Windows 10, Windows Server, and Microsoft Exchange Online
  • Worked to maintain and improve documentation for the Managed Support Service, to allow for more efficient navigation and management of both internal and client systems
  • Communicated with clients to address issues as efficiently as possible, and quickly get to the root of problems
  • Worked with VMware VSphere and QEMU/KVM virtualization stacks to create efficent testing environments for projects

Summer Technical Research Internship

Leahy Center · Summer 2021

Interned as part of a research team at the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity, and worked on researching cloud services and technologies. Effectively navigated around technical challenges and utilized remote working technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Developed a website explaining cloud architecture in simple terms, geared towards a tech-savvy audience
  • Researched and utilized Microsoft Azure Cloud and Amazon Web Services to host websites
  • Made use of Trello to plan out projects as part of a team
  • Communicated with manager and coworkers to create a cohesive environment
  • Worked with a variety of tools, and managed 3 different web servers running completely different software stacks

Projects

ArrayNet Personal Network

Networking/Open Source/ArrayNet

I manage a personal, private network accessible locally or via VPN. Within it, I have a number of systems running various services, including a logging server which sends daily reports of authentication activity which I actively monitor, and an external jump box to administer it. I make effective use of limited hardware by running multiple services on each server, but I use strict sandboxing, firewalls, and monitoring to mitigate the security risks that setup brings. I use robust, well-audited, modern cryptographic authentication and encryption to limit the potential attack surface as much as possible while enabling remote access, including WireGuard, OpenSSH, and Dropbear. Within the network, I manage a personal, self-hosted open-source cloud platform with alternatives to Google Cloud services like Drive, Calendar, and Keep, and integrations with Github, GMail, and the KeepassWeb open-source password manager, as part of the ArrayNet network. I use it as a backup server for my laptops and phone, and to sync various folders, such as my music collection, between them, as well as this website.

Tech Journal

Informational/Educational

I maintain a journal documenting various technologies I use for various classes and hobby projects, and how to use them. The current version is available on GitHub.