Austin Dimmer, DevSecOps Developer in Sotogrande, Spain
Austin Dimmer

DevSecOps Developer in Sotogrande, Spain

Member since April 20, 2021
Austin is a highly qualified and experienced technology professional. Through his advanced knowledge of cloud computing, software engineering, and DevSecOps, he helps clients deliver faster time to market, increased quality, and accelerated innovation. Austin has provided his extensive skills to prestigious clients like the European Commission, Lego, and Publicis.
Austin is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Check Technologies, Inc
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), TypeScript, CDK, Terraform...
  • involve.ai
    TypeScript, AWS, Amazon SageMaker, Apache Airflow...
  • involve.ai
    AWS, Docker, Docker Compose, TypeScript, JavaScript, Serverless, AWS Lambda...

Experience

  • Azure 12 years
  • Human-computer Interaction (HCI) 12 years
  • C# 12 years
  • Cybersecurity 10 years
  • AWS 6 years
  • DevSecOps 5 years
  • Python 5 years
  • TypeScript 5 years

Location

Sotogrande, Spain

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

AWS, Azure, TypeScript, C#, Python, Visual Studio, VS Code, Windows PowerShell

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed is an advanced voice command system that allows me to control the applications that run on my computer and makes me more productive.

Employment

  • Senior DevSecOps Engineer

    2021 - 2022
    Check Technologies, Inc
    • Established world-class AWS accounts governance systems and implemented AWS Security Reference Architecture.
    • Implemented AWS SSO and deprecated AWS Access Keys for all team members.
    • Implemented first-class detection, logging, and monitoring capabilities.
    • Delivered world-leading infrastructure security automation.
    • Implemented world-class threat detection and incident response capabilities.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), TypeScript, CDK, Terraform, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), GitLab, GitLab CI/CD, Docker, AWS CloudFormation, IT Security, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Documentation
  • Lead MLOps Engineer

    2021 - 2022
    involve.ai
    • Analyzed and improved efficiency, accuracy, scalability, and stability of ML-enabled content processing workflows.
    • Provided technical guidance and coaching to developers and engineers on maintaining best practices.
    • Managed a world-class engineering DevSecOps and MLOps organization that served as a Centre of Excellence for other teams.
    • Partnered with the heads of engineering, marketing, cs, product, sales, and machine learning.
    • Implemented new relic synthetics, APM, ML model endpoint monitoring, and serverless application tracing to enhance observability, monitoring, and alerting capabilities.
    • Significantly enhanced Involve AI AWS Accounts governance and management. Implemented an AWS Multi-Account Best Practices and AWS Security Reference Architecture.
    • Implemented a comprehensive testing methodology. Defined all aspects of development from appropriate technology and workflow to coding standards.
    • Determined and implemented IT security strategy. Maintained SOC 2 Type II compliance. Delivered and maintained GDPR compliance.
    • Reviewed contracts, data processing agreements, and other agreements for accuracy and compliance.
    Technologies: TypeScript, AWS, Amazon SageMaker, Apache Airflow, Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), AWS Fargate, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, SQL, Python, Architecture, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), CDK, Terraform, Docker, Docker Compose, MLflow, DvC, IT Security, ISO 27001, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Documentation
  • Senior DevSecOps Engineer

    2021 - 2021
    involve.ai
    • Played a major role in helping to secure a $16.5 million investment funding round.
    • Created a prioritized operational plan that improved DevSecOps processes and software delivery capabilities. Designed, architected, and implemented infrastructure automation with AWS CDK.
    • Improved the product security posture and CI/CD quality gates significantly.
    • Collaborated effectively with a diverse team of front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers.
    • Helped train and develop client team members on advanced infrastructure as code automation technology. Generated comprehensive system documentation.
    • Conducted AWS Well-Architected reviews to ensure system reliability, performance, security, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.
    • Designed and implemented a serverless architecture for a mass mailing email application using AWS CDK. Collaborated with the development team on this project. Email delivery throughput was enhanced 10x over the previous system.
    • Implemented AWS SSO integration with GSuite that enhanced employee system access and security.
    • Configured Perimeter 81 client VPN connectivity to AWS.
    • Implemented AWS Control Tower. AWS Security Hub to help establish good security hygiene and governance at the AWS account level.
    Technologies: AWS, Docker, Docker Compose, TypeScript, JavaScript, Serverless, AWS Lambda, AWS Fargate, Amazon Aurora, MySQL, Apache, PHP, Agile, UX, Cloudflare, New Relic, Amazon Route 53, AWS Cloud Development, AWS CloudFormation, GitHub, Continuous Delivery (CD), CI/CD Pipelines, Cypress.io, IT Security, ISO 27001, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Documentation
  • Senior DevSecOps Engineer

    2020 - 2021
    European Commission
    • Implemented an AWS cloud landing zone that improved baseline cloud security posture management.
    • Delivered 100% automated DevSecOps pipeline for a digital forensics application used by computer security incident response capability (CSIRC) teams.
    • Implemented an Azure AD and AWS SSO solution that helped improve the daily productivity of around 50 CSIRC and SOC teammates and eliminate the need for IAM access keys.
    • Onboarded GitHub Enterprise and GitHub Actions to help streamline collaboration, developer productivity, CI/CD pipelines, and the ability to ship higher quality software faster.
    • Produced comprehensive documentation on DevSecOps processes that facilitated internal upskilling and more productive collaboration with vendors.
    • Helped lead the development team to an on-time launch of the cloud digital forensics data gathering application used by the CSIRC teams.
    • Introduced Azure AD PIM to the team to reduce permanent admin role assignments.
    • Implemented CIS remediation Lambda functions to improve AWS CIS compliance secure score from 45% to over 90%.
    • Collaborated on the production of cloud security and CI/CD threat models.
    Technologies: AWS, Azure, TypeScript, Python, Windows PowerShell, Threat Modeling, Cybersecurity, DevSecOps, AWS DevOps, Azure DevOps, GitHub, Linux, Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS CloudFormation, AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Security, AWS IAM, Pulumi's, SAML, Single Sign-on (SSO), Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Azure Active Directory, Solution Architecture, Cloud, Software Architecture, Cloud Security, Networks, Networking, IT Security, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Documentation
  • Senior DevSecOps Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    LEGO
    • Created solution architecture for a serverless data integration application.
    • Implemented a fully automated CI/CD pipeline for development teams.
    • Trained Lego employees on AWS technology and best practices.
    • Introduced Serverless best practices to Lego B2B development teams.
    • Conducted AWS Well-Architected Framework reviews of developed systems.
    • Improved secrets management systems and Lego employee security awareness.
    • Contributed to and participated in Agile processes, training, and workshops with the rest of the team.
    Technologies: AWS, Serverless, Serverless Architecture, Serverless Framework, Amazon Aurora, Azure, Microsoft Graph, AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), AWS CloudFormation, TypeScript, Cybersecurity, DevSecOps, Python, Security, SAML, Single Sign-on (SSO), Azure Active Directory, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS IAM, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Solution Architecture, Software Architecture, PostgreSQL, Cloud Security, Networks, Networking, IT Security, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Documentation
  • Lead DevSecOps Engineer

    2018 - 2019
    Publicis Worldwide
    • Delivered a three-phase DevSecOps maturity project in collaboration with remote development teams.
    • Enhanced the security posture of both external client projects and internal systems in line with ISO 27001 Stage 1.
    • Undertook GDPR compliance audits for both internal and external client systems with solution recommendations.
    • Led a successful migration of internal systems from Azure to AWS to help streamline internal operations and skills requirements.
    • Visited development teams on an international field trip to Belarus and helped build relations.
    • Contributed to a major pitch with my technical expertise, helping the agency win a large contract with Samsung Electronics.
    • Created a PoC for secure automated data analytics reporting solution using AWS Redshift, AWS Glue, and AWS RDS for SQL Server.
    • Created a PoC for Java-based CMS system deployed to AWS ECS using AWS CDK.
    • Studied for and passed AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional exam.
    Technologies: AWS, Agile, AWS CloudFormation, GDPR, AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), SQL, Azure SQL, TypeScript, Cybersecurity, DevSecOps, Python, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS IAM, Azure, Security, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST), Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Solution Architecture, Software Architecture, Cloud Security, Networks, Networking, IT Security, ISO 27001, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Documentation
  • Cloud Solutions Architect

    2016 - 2018
    Emakina Group
    • Collaborated with the Emakina CTO and developed the cloud solution architecture for a major strategic client who needed to deploy hundreds of websites at scale with consistent, secure, and compliant governance processes.
    • Led the development of the website factory after completion of the PoC and contract signing.
    • Delivered DevSecOps consultancy and mentoring for application teams to help them onboard to the website factory.
    • Obtained the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate certification.
    Technologies: SQL, AWS, IIS, Windows Server, Windows PowerShell, SiteFinity, C#, C#.NET, AWS WAF, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), Amazon Route 53, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), DevSecOps, DevOps, Azure, Azure SQL, Python, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Git, GitHub, AWS IAM, SAML, Single Sign-on (SSO), Azure Active Directory, Solution Architecture, Software Architecture, Cloud Security, Networks, Networking, VPN, IT Security, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Documentation
  • Lead Software Architect

    2008 - 2018
    Effective Computing
    • Created a speech recognition system that controls 200+ software applications in a deeply automated way.
    • Created DevSecOps CI/CD pipelines for software distribution through alpha, beta, and production deployment phases.
    • Implemented capability for distributed system control using voice commands.
    • Created highly evolvable and modular system architecture that allows adaptions to a rapidly changing technological landscape.
    • Obtained Microsoft Specialist: Programming in C# and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Universal Windows Platform certifications.
    Technologies: Windows, XAML, Telerik WPF, Telerik, Visual Studio, C#, Windows PowerShell, Architecture, Azure DevOps, UX, Human Interface Design, Human-computer Interaction (HCI), ReactiveX, C++, Windows Communication Framework (WCF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Azure, Azure SQL, SQL, SQLite, DevSecOps, DevOps, CI/CD Pipelines, Git, GitHub, Security, Azure Active Directory, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Solution Architecture, Software Architecture, Cloud Security, Networks, Networking, IT Security, Endpoint Security, SecOps
  • Systems Administrator

    2008 - 2017
    Effective Computing
    • Set up, configured, and operated Azure Security Center.
    • Set up, configured, and operated Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, and Microsoft Office 365 mobile device compliance.
    • Set up, configured, and operated Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Group Policy, and Microsoft SQL Server.
    • Procured and upgraded computing and network hardware at favorable prices.
    • Performed Windows and Linux OS updates and maintenance.
    Technologies: Office 365, Azure, SQL, Azure SQL, IIS, Threat Management Gateway (TMG), Group Policy, DNS, Windows, Windows Server, Windows PowerShell, Cloud Security, Networks, Networking, Azure Active Directory, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Security, Azure Key Vault, VPN, Endpoint Security, SecOps
  • Managing Director

    2008 - 2017
    Effective Computing
    • Founded Effective Computing Ltd. and set up all administrative and accounting systems.
    • Prepared annual accounts in collaboration with the company accountant.
    • Migrated SAP Business One accounting solution into cloud-based Zoho Books.
    • Raised investment capital to finance the business in the startup phase.
    • Secured access to and participated in Microsoft BizSpark.
    • Negotiated with third-party suppliers to obtain favorable pricing.
    • Participated in industry events such as Business of Software, Microsoft Build, Adobe MAX, AWS re:Invent, and AWS re:Inforce.
    Technologies: SAP Business One, Accounting, Finance, Financial Modeling, Excel VBA, Excel 365, Office 365, Zoho, Zoho Books

Experience

  • VoiceShortCuts

    I developed a state-of-the-art voice control system called VoiceShortCuts. The system enables computer users to use voice recognition as an input method for controlling applications.

    The benefits to the user of VoiceShortCuts include but are not limited to:
    • Increased productivity.
    • Increased software feature discovery and usage.
    • Decreased musculoskeletal stress.
    • Decreased mental stress.
    • Decreased information overload.
    • Faster adaptation to infrequently used software.

  • Thinking Voice Control with Austin Dimmer | DotNetRocks Podcast
    https://www.dotnetrocks.com/?show=1358

    Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell talk to Austin Dimmer about his efforts to build a great voice control system — including for Visual Studio! The conversation digs into the complexity of recognizing a diversity of voices and being fast enough to get the words right. Then the hard stuff — how to keep words in context so that you can derive enough meaning from them to be useful. This isn't just about transcription; it's about control.

  • VoiceShortCuts Product Demo
    https://youtu.be/VFOdeVCagJ8

    A rough and ready product demo of VoiceShortCuts. In the demo, two computers, a laptop, and a Microsoft Surface are being controlled via remote voice commands issued from a Samsung Series 7 Tablet PC.

    The following features of VoiceShortCuts are demonstrated:
    • Controlling remote computers.
    • Opening websites.
    • Accessing developer tools in the browser.
    • Controlling Visual Studio with VoiceShortCuts.
    • Controlling Adobe Bridge to rank photos with VoiceShortCuts.
    • Controlling Ableton Live with VoiceShortCuts.

    The demo only scratches the surface of what VoiceShortCuts is capable of.

  • QA Support for Open-source European Commission Credentials Leak Project
    https://github.com/EC-DIGIT-CSIRC/credentialLeakDB

    I was approached to help set up GitHub Actions pipelines and basic QA for one of the first European Commission projects that Digit CSIRC had made opensource. I helped the lead developer set up SonarCloud and integrate Py-cover test data into the project.

Skills

  • Languages

    TypeScript, C#, C#.NET, XAML, Python, SAML, SQL, C++, Excel VBA, JavaScript, PHP
  • Frameworks

    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Framework (WCF), Serverless Framework, Windows PowerShell, Cypress.io
  • Tools

    Visual Studio, VS Code, GitHub, AWS CloudFormation, Git, SiteFinity, Terraform, Microsoft Graph, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS IAM, SonarQube, Azure Key Vault, VPN, Docker Compose, AWS Fargate, Apache, Amazon SageMaker, Apache Airflow, Amazon ECS (Amazon Elastic Container Service), GitLab, GitLab CI/CD
  • Paradigms

    DevSecOps, Human-computer Interaction (HCI), DevOps, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Human Interface Design, Serverless Architecture, Agile, Human-centered Design (HCD), Azure DevOps
  • Platforms

    Azure, Telerik WPF, Windows, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Windows Server, Telerik, Linux, Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), Docker, AWS Lambda, New Relic
  • Industry Expertise

    Cybersecurity, Security, IT Security, Accounting
  • Other

    AWS, Ergonomic Design, AWS DevOps, Voice Recognition, Cloud, AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), CI/CD Pipelines, Cloud Security, Endpoint Security, SecOps, Serverless, IIS, AWS WAF, Amazon Route 53, Group Policy, DNS, Pulumi's, Single Sign-on (SSO), Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST), Solution Architecture, Software Architecture, Networks, Networking, ISO 27001, Documentation, User Experience (UX), Information Architecture (IA), Design, Engineering, Threat Modeling, Architecture, User Interface (UI), GDPR, UX, SAP Business One, Finance, Financial Modeling, Excel 365, Office 365, Zoho, Zoho Books, Threat Management Gateway (TMG), Business Management, AWS Certified Solution Architect, GitHub Actions, Snyk, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Cloudflare, AWS Cloud Development, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), CDK, MLflow, DvC
  • Libraries/APIs

    Entity Framework, ReactiveX
  • Storage

    SQLite, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Azure Active Directory, Amazon Aurora, Azure SQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL

Education

  • Master's Degree in Ergonomics
    2001 - 2002
    Loughborough University - Loughborough, UK
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering with Business Management and European Studies
    1997 - 1998
    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya - Barcelona, Spain
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering with Business Management and European Studies
    1993 - 1997
    University of Strathclyde - Glasgow, UK

Certifications

  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
    FEBRUARY 2019 - FEBRUARY 2021
    Amazon Web Services, Inc.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
    APRIL 2017 - AUGUST 2020
    Amazon Web Services, Inc.
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Azure Solutions Architect
    OCTOBER 2016 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Azure Infrastructure Solutions Specialist
    OCTOBER 2016 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Azure Developer – Associate
    OCTOBER 2016 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
    OCTOBER 2016 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Universal Windows Platform
    APRIL 2016 - APRIL 2018
    Microsoft
  • Microsoft Specialist: Programming in C#
    APRIL 2016 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • MCPS: Microsoft Certified Professional
    DECEMBER 2015 - PRESENT
    Microsoft

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