About me

IT System Administrator at Airpoint LTD

Starting my further education academic career in 2012 & higher education in 2014, I have attained a variety of qualifications with the current highest being a PgDip (SCQF 11) in Information & Network Security awarded by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in 2019.  I also attained BSc (Hons) (SCQF 10) 1st classification in Computer Networking, also awarded by UWS, in 2018.

Research Interests

My main research focuses are on:

  • Linux & Open-Source Solutions

  • Virtualisation - Hardware, Software & Network

  • Cyber & Network Security, especially related to virtual environments

  • Windows Server & Active Directory Configuration

  • Python Development & Bash Scripting

  • Kernel Programming & Editing

Academic Qualifications

Academic Qualifications which are as follows:

  • NC - Electronic Engineering - Cumbernauld College - 2012/2013

  • HNC - Computing - New College Lanarkshire (A) - 2014/2015

  • HND - Computing: Technical Support - New College Lanarkshire (A) - 2015/2016

  • BSc with Distinction - Computer Networking - UWS - 2016/2017

  • BSc (Hons) 1st Class in Computer Networking - UWS- 2017/2018

  • PgC - Information & Network Security - UWS - 2018/2019

  • PgDip with Distinction - Information & Network Security - UWS - 2018/2019

Work Experience & Employment

A breif detail of my professional career:

  • System Administrator - Airpoint LTD - Glasgow - July 2019 - Present

  • IT Global Service Centre Administrator - Velocity Technology Solutions - Glasgow - May 2019 - July 2019

  • Temporary Lecturer - New College Lanarkshire - Motherwell Camps - February 2019 - Present

  • Demonstrator - University of the West of Scotland - Lanarkshire Campus - December 2018 - May 2019

  • Student Mentor - University of the West of Scotland - Hamilton Campus - September 2017 - June 2018

Other Works

Projects and Study Areas:

  • Coursework Paper - The use of NFV & SDN in 5G Networks (Rae & Thacker, 2018)

  • Undergraduate Dissertation - A Review of Windows Server Operating Systems

  • Coursework Paper - Virtual OpenStack Deployment (Ismail, Onwubiko & Thacker (2018)

  • Crubuntu 18.04 (Pre-Alpha) - Multi-purpose Ubuntu Spin  used for educational modules

  • Coursework Paper/MSc thesis proposal - Implementation & Comparing specifically Container Orchestration - Kubernetes vs Docker Swarm

  • Coursework Paper - Security & Privacy Issues in the era of Big Data

  • Coursework Paper - A Review of DNS Cyber Defense Technologies in 2019

  • Coursework Paper - Modern Usage of Virtualisation, Containerisation & Orchestration in Smart Networks


*Please note, feel free to email me directly and ask for any of my papers for educational purposes. For copyright reasons, I cannot allow them made available without verification of use.
 

Colleagues & Mentors

This section lists my various colleagues and mentors I have had the pleasure of working with during my career.  Links are provided for their relative social networking & websites.

  • Maryam Jamal PgC BICT - Management Information Systems  -  LinkedIn

  • Alan Rae BSc (Hons) -  Computer Networking  -  LinkedIn

  • David Young BSc (Hons) - Computer Networking  -  LinkedIn