Steven J Bernstein

Steven J Bernstein

PO Box 1510 NY NY 10101


IT Security Manager and Entrepreneur emphasizing customer satisfaction. Expert Enterprise IT Architect with background in Network and Systems Engineering, primarily in banking/finance and semiconductor industries.

Professional Experience

Managing Director at compuKarma, Inc.

IT Security Consulting Firm, New York, NY, USA

2006 - Present

  • Drive small businesses to maximize benefits of technology investments, developing cloud computing solutions, designing and building secure network and systems infrastructure with proven software products and policies.
  • Instill corporate-level discipline to manage technology in small organizations, providing high reliability and availability through IT standardization and software automation.
  • Provide infrastructure products and services to clients’ multi-platform environments, including Internet connectivity, corporate firewalls/security, document management, data mining/analysis, speech technology, compliance reporting, technical training, enterprise email/directory services and unique industry specific applications.
  • Customer List in industries such as banking, healthcare, publishing, advertising, law, 3D modeling, design, and printing, non-profit agencies, construction, automotive services, engineering, and manufacturing.
  • Principal Consultant for international Electronic Medical Records startup company to develop secure authentication technology under HIPAA Privacy guidelines. Managed all aspects of technical product development and design specification, privacy/security framework, PMO direction and methodologies, risk management, enterprise resource planning, application performance, data center operations, capacity management, international outsource vendor management, software design/SDLC, budgeting/forecasting, and personnel management of international staff.

Senior PM/Technical Analyst at Reuters America

Americas Operations, New York, NY, USA

2002 - 2006

  • Recovered $10 million/month through aggressive, detailed technical analysis of regional telecommunications expenditures/mechanisms, preventing significant job losses.
  • Developed and documented Data Center Operations processes, streamlining Methods of Working for Reuters centers in North America. Collaborated with change management engineers to define, extract and analyze metrics for monthly reports on Operations. Developed enterprise resource allocation models to manage 150-person 24/7 Operations staff, providing 25% improvement in effective use of resources.
  • Built market data satellite-based IT infrastructure for LATAM on time and 20% under budget while maintaining unprecedented levels of system availability for customers.

Engineering Group Leader at Morgan Stanley

Enterprise Applications Development Group, New York, NY, USA

1999 - 2002

  • Engineering Lead for development and support of secure desktop email client and primary web browsers for 30,000 employees worldwide. Radically improved employee productivity by improving product reliability. Reduced failures of scheduled software implementations by two orders of magnitude through creative and disciplined QA practices.
  • Supervised team of up to 8 UNIX and Windows developers and support staff to implement fault-tolerant solution prototypes and new designs, deploy software worldwide, troubleshoot complex IT problems, develop/perform QA, define development standards, generate documentation, and conduct security and ITIL compliance reviews. Responsible for team staffing (full-time and contract), providing performance/salary reviews, training, budgeting, technical mentoring and career development.
  • Developed architectural solutions for worldwide LDAP directory services infrastructure; maintained and enhanced Perl scripts to manage data security, data integrity, and systems monitoring; implemented advanced features for LDAP, including schema, Active Directory referrals, replication, and security controls for multi-level, fault-tolerant hierarchical environment. Introduced QA processes for schema verification testing, performance testing, email branding, and assessing hardware/software solutions for directory services deployments. Created technical specifications for inbound/outbound feeds of LDAP data to affiliate internal organizations, including HR and Facilities.
  • Collaborated with business-aligned IT Service Managers in global financial business units to manage product testing and software deployments; dramatically improved customer satisfaction by developing curricula, providing training, technical documentation and hands-on knowledge transfer to engineering and support-level staff on trading floors in New York, London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
  • Participated in developing long-term business and technology strategies and risk assessments. Partnered in research and development efforts for: digital certificates, biometric authentication, Netscape roaming profiles for email/web access, Netscape iPlanet products, and remote LDAP scripts on wireless devices. Promoted strategic plans among technical and business colleagues throughout enterprise

Senior Systems Administrator at Standard Microsystems Corporation

Components Products Division, Hauppauge, NY, USA

1993 - 1999

  • Managed international computing environment of Solaris, Windows, and VAX/VMS systems for chip design engineers in USA and Japan; defined security policy, administered systems, monitored performance, developed test strategies, automated installations/backups, performed QA; completed all Y2K preparation by September 1999.
  • Collaborated on development of chip design methodology and design automation using CAE/CAD tools, supervised/mentored engineers’ software development efforts.
  • Assessed new technologies and provided technical guidance on architecture for initial launch of SMC corporate website.

Senior Systems Administrator at SMC Networks

Systems Products Division, Hauppauge, NY, USA

1992 - 1993

  • Managed computing environment of integrated Windows and UNIX machines for design, design automation, manufacturing, and testing SMC Network products.
  • Overhauled circuit board design methodology and implemented long-range strategic plans for purchase and use of distributed hardware and software, improving time-to-market for designs by 33%.
  • Provided hardware and software support to all hardware engineers, circuit board layout designers, mechanical draftspersons, technicians, engineering managers, and non-technical users; managed suite of engineering and business applications.

Engineer / Systems Administrator at Digital Equipment Corporation

Electronic Storage Division, Shrewsbury, MA, USA

1987 - 1992

Provided software support for chip and printed circuit board design. Developed first VAXcluster-based computing environment for hardware design groups. Completed first pass design verification of high-speed solid-state (no moving parts) disk drives. Addressed system and network administration, security, testing, and performance tuning on systems and components including OpenVMS, VAX/VMS, Ultrix, X-windows, DECnet, and TCP/IP.

Expatriate Engineer at ITT

Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company, Antwerp, Belgium


Transferred chip design environment from ITT-ATC (Connecticut) to ITT-BTM (Belgium); reconfigured single-user workstation environment to multi-user minicomputer environment; performed pre-release testing and QA of all in-house chip design and verification software for use throughout ITT Europe; collaborated with engineers in all European design centers.

Associate Member Technical Staff at ITT

Advanced Technology Center, Shelton, CT, USA

1984 - 1985

Responsible for design and layout of two gate-array chips; developed software to automate chip customizations; designed and fabricated test circuits to verify functionality; participated in the specification of design methodologies for full-custom chip design.

Technical Skills

Operating Systems/Networking: Windows, Mac OSX, Windows Server, Linux; Cisco IOS, VLAN, DNS/BIND, SNMP, VPN, Checkpoint, Barracuda firewalls.

Email/Messaging/Authentication: Exchange/Outlook (MAPI), IMAP, SMTP, Mozilla, Lotus Notes; Reuters Messaging, IM Clients; LDAP, Active Directory, AD LDS, biometric authentication.

Programming Languages: Perl, Windows PowerShell, csh/ksh/sh, HTML5/CSS3, Java, Javascript, XML.

Market Data Applications: Reuters 3000 Xtra, 300 Xtra Hosted Terminal Access, Reuters Market Data System (RMDS), BridgeStation, BridgeChannel; Protocols - IDN/BDN, RDF/RWS.

Desktop/Web Applications Development: Microsoft Excel (expert level), Microsoft Project, Office, Acrobat, Photoshop, MySQL, Firefox/Thunderbird, Rhino3D, Planview, Sharepoint, Oracle,Peregrine, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, WebBuilder.

Quality Assurance Programs: Six Sigma, TQM, ISO 9000 series.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY, USA

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, 1984

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