Daniel Bryan, DevOps Developer in North Laurel, MD, United States
Daniel Bryan

DevOps Developer in North Laurel, MD, United States

Member since September 18, 2018
Daniel is a creative-minded individual with over two decades in IT—mainly focusing on infrastructure, research, and security. He’s also a practiced hand when it comes to solutions engineering and troubleshooting. In his career, Daniel has led teams and emphasized the importance of effective communication. Overall, he has an exceptional understanding of how technologies relate to one another and enjoys solving complex technical problems.
Daniel is now available for hire




North Laurel, MD, United States



Preferred Environment

Linux, AWS, Lambda, CloudFormation, Python

The most amazing...

...project I have worked on was creating an AMI factory in CloudFormation using SSM and Lambda. The AMIs were updated, rotated, and shared weekly.


  • Senior DevOps Engineer

    2016 - PRESENT
    Stratus Solutions
    • Automated the SSM infrastructure using Terraform (IAM, CloudWatch, Lambda, SSM, and S3).
    • Developed various Go microservices focused on integrations with AWS, Microsoft, and SafeNet APIs.
    • Deployed a serverless website using CodeStar, CodeCommit, CodeBuild, CodePipeline, S3, Lambda (Go), API Gateway, and CloudFront.
    • Engineered a Kubernetes cluster focused on streaming applications using X11 over SSH.
    • Presented at AWS re:invent, a non-profit hackathon. Worked with a team of hackers to create a technical solution to one of GlobalGiving's communication challenges.
    • Engineered an AppStream 2.0 solution to provide a multi-user application that streams over HTML5.
    • Integrated an Amazon SSM solution to provide equipment inventory and patch compliance.
    • Engineered an API Gateway to provide equipment information from DynamoDB via Lambda.
    • Developed an AMI factory using an EC2 simple systems manager.
    • Automated system states for Linux and Windows servers using SaltStack.
    • Developed various Shell/Python scripts and Lambda functions to automate AWS maintenance, rotate/share AMIs, bootstrap servers, and identify non-compliant servers.
    • Deployed AWS Elastic Container Service and dockerized various services.
    • Audited security of web services and ensured that they followed PKI best practices.
    • Continuously researched and prototyped latest AWS services for consideration of environment evolution.
    • Built and maintained various MFA/SSO technologies including; SafeNet and YubiKey.
    • Deployed various web services such as Jira, Confluence, GitLab, Terradici, Windows/CUPS print server, and Squid proxy.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Kubernetes, Go
  • PKI Specialist

    2011 - 2016
    Engineering Solutions, Inc.
    • Led, trained, and project-managed three PKI engineers.
    • Gave subject matter expert guidance for customers interfacing with PKI Technologies.
    • Designed technical and operational security components by integrating Elasticseach, Logstash, and Kibana to obtain a high-level analytical view of the information service.
    • Led the development of enterprise revocation service security architecture.
    • Managed the enterprise revocation service through certification and accreditation.
    • Developed multiple tools enabling administrators and developers to interface with PKI technologies.
    • Coordinated PKI configurations with desktop providers and software distribution centers.
    • Recommended physical, administrative, and technical controls to ensure high availability of enterprise PKI service using BIG-IP F5s.
    • Recommended and implemented intrusion detection, access control, and auditing of PKI services.
    • Led the security planning, assessment, and risk management activities for PKI services using DISA STIGs, Retina, Nessus technologies.
    • Provided system security engineering guidance to Enterprise Lync/Desktop server teams as a subject matter expert in certificate revocation technologies.
    • Interacted with high-level stakeholders of the engineering review board which helped define the standard OCSP policies and objectives—ensuring availability across the enterprise.
    Technologies: PKI, Linux
  • Network Integration Specialist

    2004 - 2010
    United States Air Force
    • Acted as the technical architect for missions which required determining the equipment, and configuration requirements as well as providing guidance to the installation-and-maintenance team.
    • Led the air control squadron site relocation communications design; which included coordinating the relocation with service providers to ensure the availability of critical systems during the transition.
    • Wrote detailed documentation of the network, telecommunication and transmission circuits.
    • Provided cryptography solutions for missions, key issuance, renewal, and application.
    • Developed tools that enabled air traffic weapons operators to automate common tasks.
    • Supported computer systems for the squadron; which included the installing software, fixing connectivity issues, and diagnosing hardware issues.
    • Created and maintained a public website for the air control squadron.
    • Graduated from Airman Leadership School and took on the role of supervisor providing performance reports and career training for network system employees.
    Technologies: Routers, Switches, Phones, PBX, Multiplexers


  • Application in the Cloud (Development)

    A suite of AWS tools (CloudFormation, CodePipeline, CodeCommit, CodeBuild, Elastic Beanstalk, RDS, EC2) to manage the network, database, application, and continuous deployment for your application which enables you to focus on developing your app.

  • Bryanlabs Blog (Development)

    Between all the projects that I am involved in, I run into some interesting problems. I feel like I come up with some creative ways to solve them and like to share. This blog is focused on AWS automation.


  • Libraries/APIs

    Amazon API, AWS EC2 API
  • Tools

    AWS Systems Manager, AWS CloudFormation, AWS CloudWatch, AWS CLI, Amazon AppStream, Amazon WorkSpaces, AWS IAM, GitHub, GitLab CI/CD, Atlassian Confluence, Jira, Terraform, Amazon Connect, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodeCommit, Amazon CloudFront CDN, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Beanstalk, AWS ECS, AWS ECR
  • Platforms

    Windows, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, AWS EC2, Azure, Kubernetes, Docker
  • Storage

    AWS S3, Amazon EFS, AWS CodeStar, AWS DynamoDB, AWS RDS
  • Other

    Scripting, ShellScript, AWS Certificate Manager, Certification Authorities, X.509 Certificates, Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP), PKI, AWS Route 53, Elastic Load Balancers, Kubernetes Operations (Kops), Networks, Cloud9, AWS CodePipeline, Amazon API Gateway, Elastic Beanstalk, LDAP
  • Languages

    Go, Python
  • Paradigms



  • 3C271 in Computer Systems Control
    2004 - 2010
    United States Air Force Specialty Training - On-site


  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
    Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate
    Amazon Web Services
  • (CISSP) Certified Information Systems Security Professional

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