Don Taylor

Retired from IT - Now does genealogy.

Scarborough, Maine (Portland, Maine Area)

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Don Taylor's Overview

  • Genealogist at Gray Lion Consulting
  • Project Manager/Supervisor - DCMA NOSC at Gray Lion Consulting, LLC (for Information Innovators, Inc.)
  • Transition SME at Veterans Administration
  • Project Manager at Information Innovators, Inc

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Don Taylor's Summary

Solutions-oriented leader equipped with 25+ years of IT leadership success, with expertise in project management, advanced technical product deployment, and information assurance for technical systems that are essential to national security. Recognized for facilitating onsite and remote technical support programs and planning large-scale technology and software implementations. Resourceful team player known for championing positive change while completing diverse projects on time and under budget. Exhibit strong leadership, analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills. Hold active Top Secret Security Clearance.

Core competencies:
IT Infrastructure & Design ♦ IT Security ♦ Change Management ♦ Startups & Turnarounds Strategic Planning ♦ Project Management ♦ Deployments & Migrations ♦ Team Leadership Needs Assessment ♦ Problem Solving ♦ Process Improvement


PMP - Project Management Professional
CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Don Taylor's Experience


Gray Lion Consulting

August 2012Present (2 years 3 months) Smyrna, GA

Retired IT Specialist - Now working as a Genealogy Researcher. Specialities include Smyrna, GA and Internet searching. Follow me on Twitter @smyrnagenea or my Blog at

Project Manager/Supervisor - DCMA NOSC

Gray Lion Consulting, LLC (for Information Innovators, Inc.)

November 2006July 2011 (4 years 9 months)

Subcontractor to Information Innovators, Inc. to provide Project Management and site leadership via SAIC to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) within Department of Defense (DoD).

Project Manager & Site Lead

Lead 2 teams comprised of 22 total members providing Network Operations and security services delivering Network Operations Center (NOC) and Information Assurance and Computer Network Defense (CND) for DCMA’s world-wide network managing their Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC). Direct all aspects of hiring, work assignments, ongoing project management, and SLA delivery for 7x24x365 operation. Oversee creation and implementation of new protocols for problems.
Manage Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSPs) tasked with providing Information Assurance and Computer Network Defense services on 7x16 basis, including firewall monitoring, intrusion detection, anti-virus management, vulnerability assessment and management, penetration testing, and incident reporting.

♦ Earned nomination for (ISC)2 US government Information Security Leadership Award for successful development of NOSC, including all protocols, procedures, manning matrices, and subsequent support of client requirements.
♦ Acted as on-site lead developing procedures and documentation leading to ISO 20000 certification. ♦ Acquired certification for NOSC as Computer Network Defense Service Provider (CNDSP) following successful assessment and maintained certification following subsequent assessment. ♦ Delivered superior reporting, metrics and documentation through creation of Information Assurance Vulnerability Management program.

Transition SME

Veterans Administration

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

20112011 (less than a year)

Project Manager

Information Innovators, Inc

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

January 2006November 2006 (11 months)

As Project/Program Manager I reported directly to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Information Technology Customer Service Organization (ITCSO) Architecture/ Infrastructure Directorate (DCMA-ITI). I led the team implementing IPv6 transition and spearheaded the project to relocate servers and systems from Springfield, VA to an expanded datacenter in Boston, MA. During my appointment to DCMA’s Technical Architecture Working Group (TAWG), I provided technical support to the Architecture/Infrastructure Director on technical issues. At this time I also worked with Network Operations Center personnel to validate/correct elements and groups in Concord (now CA) eHealth for trend analysis.

Information Technology Specialist


Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Law Enforcement industry

January 2005January 2006 (1 year 1 month)

Test Validation and Verification Group Lead (Supervisor)

My responsibilities included supervision of a team of fourteen government and twenty-seven contractor personnel who provided functional, regression, performance, and high availability testing on three major computer systems (NCIC, NICS, and IAFIS). This included integration testing between systems and managing multiple “strings” of systems and various project schedules to ensure system or software acceptance before deploying into an operational environment.

Information Technology Specialist – Systems Analyst

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Law Enforcement industry

December 2002January 2005 (2 years 2 months)

In this capacity, I performed multiple systems analyses to develop requirements for complex computer systems. Development of Concepts of Operation (CONOPS), Functional Requirements Documents (FRDs), Budget Enhancement Requests, and other life cycle management documents for several programs were also my responsibility. This included determining requirements for a National Palm Print Search System. On behalf of the Bureau, I presented a progress report at an annual convention of the International Association for Identification (IAI). These requirements were later used to specify system hardware, software, firmware, and communications interfaces in support of system designs.

I was also appointed to chair the CJIS Division’s Connectivity Technical Review Board to which all connectivity infrastructure changes were submitted, analyzed, and approved before implementation. Considerations included service type determination, all new equipment installations, incorporating crypto, as well as all routine router and switch configuration changes.

Chief, Field Service Division, Information Technology Directorate

Defense Contract Management Agency, Boston, MA

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

January 1999December 2002 (4 years)

My duties encompassed supervision, management, and maintenance of the enterprise and technical architecture for the Eastern District of the agency. In this capacity, I planned, programmed, and implemented many projects including a major firewall deployment and an agency-wide remote access initiative. This was accomplished before the deadline and under budget.

I supervised staff who provided senior level (Tier 3) support to administrators in over forty field offices and oversaw installation of all new infrastructure including file servers, SANS, routers, and switches.

Information Technology Specialist – Systems Administration

Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Contract Management Command, Carson, CA

August 1996September 1999 (3 years 2 months)

In this capacity, I provided senior technical support (Tier 3 - Subject Matter Expert) for all E-Mail in the Western District of the Command. This included developing Project, Installation, and Transition Plans for the migration from cc:Mail to Microsoft Exchange, and upgrades from Microsoft Exchange 4 to 5 and to 5.5. I installed, configured, and administered Windows NT servers and all infrastructure relating to e-mail and I created Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML) pages describing parameters for e-mail use.

Don Taylor's Skills & Expertise

  1. Internet based Genealogy Research
  2. Project Management
  3. Information Assurance
  4. Software Documentation
  5. PMP
  6. Program Management
  7. Project Planning
  8. Internet
  9. Security
  10. Data Center
  11. Disaster Recovery
  12. Security Clearance
  13. CISSP
  14. Troubleshooting
  15. Vulnerability Assessment
  16. Penetration Testing
  17. Networking
  18. Computer Hardware
  19. DoD
  20. Information Technology
  21. Information Security
  22. Servers
  23. IT Management
  24. Firewalls
  25. Information Security Management
  26. Integration
  27. System Administration
  28. Computer Security
  29. Management
  30. Leadership
  31. Switches
  32. Microsoft Exchange
  33. Government
  34. System Deployment
  35. Routers
  36. Change Management

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Don Taylor's Education

Metropolitan State University

BA, Governmental Policy and Decision Maning Processes (Political Science)


Chaminade University of Honolulu

Philosophy, Marine Biology, History



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