I help teams manage, architect, and engineer cloud & hybrid Microsoft Azure / 365 infrastructure

MCSE CORE, ITAR-SECRET cleared, HISP , F5 , PAN , AZURE , MCSA O365, MCITP , CEH , GCFE , SEC+ CYSA+

contact:
Chris.Branca@Sr.Engineer
206 455 4191

My Career

Engineer Manager / Lead

Throughout my career perseverance, I have led teams across the globe and traveled the world. From LATAM, EMEA, and APAC, I’ve been in multiple roles responsible for both people paired with platform management as well as working closely with executive leadership across many Fortune 500 organizations. My favorite part of it all was to help folks learn and further understand tech after investing my life becoming a SME.

Systems Engineer / Architect

Since high school now 25 years ago when achieved my first MCP certification for NT 4.0 is where it all began. I’ve never worked outside of information technology my whole life. As a kid, my dream was to be a hacker. In reality, I quickly saw my goal was to achieve the MCSE certification and become a Microsoft Grandmaster in systems engineering where I spent majority of my career. After certifying in Microsoft, I focused on Forensics. Along the way, I picked up all the surrounding technologies and skills required for systems in the enterprise realm.

Security Engineer / Architect

After 10 years of systems engineering and architecture, I decided to pursue my security dream. Having a strong background in systems has really made a difference in my cybersecurity career. My security palette ranges from multiple discipline areas: governance,risk compliance, monitoring & detection, security operations, incident response, forensics, vulnerability mgmt, pentesting, threat hunting, threat modeling, network firewalls, WAF, audits, threat intel, and all the platform tools that come with the security domains.

My Badges



MCSA: Office 365

Issued by Microsoft

See credential



MCSE: Core Infrastructure

Issued by Microsoft

See credential



MCSA: Windows Server 2012

Issued by Microsoft

See credential



MCITP:

Issued by Microsoft

See credential



GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner

GCFE Analyst# 3865

Issued by SANS GIAC



Certified Ethical Hacker

Issued by EC-Council

not available



Security+ Certified

Issued by CompTIA
code: 7XRJD28FNDB41HK5

See credential



CYSA+ Certified

Issued by CompTIA

(expired)

About Me

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Set-Career: Hello World! I am a 20+ year engineer / architect / manager currently working as a Senior Infrastructure Systems & Security Engineer at Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU).

I’ve worked in just about every industry ranging from: Nonprofit, Maritime, AeroSpace, Manufacturing, Software, Financial, Retail, Communications, Health, Science, Religion, News, Education, Department of Defense and Energy sectors.

I’ve always aligned my best interests with the company roadmap and consider myself a strategic thinker when it comes to implementing how I can apply those new skills to improve myself and better workflows overall across all of the teams and organization through constantly evolving collaboration effort between tools, people, and procedures.

Get-Life: robots, CTFwars, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, elkhounds, camping, freenode, gaming, motorcycles, ctfwars, music, family

Set-Studies: GCP, AWS, PowerShell, Azure, M365, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, GCFA, GNFA, GPEN, GCUX, GMEM, GCTI, F5, PAN, Tagalog

Get-History: The rest is history. I’ve had a passion for tech ever since I was a 5yr old padawan. That is where it all started when I taught myself Chess on the original ChessMaster using my dad’s XT8088 and MS-DOS 2.2. I had a few scholarships Since then, I’ve achieved an engineer degree in net/sys/sec and many industry certifications. What’s next? Bring it on universe!

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Geeking Outdoors 🏂

Yes to Snow Sports

I'm always ready to hit the slopes.

At Gold Creek Pond

Hike with my wife and our puppies.

My Neighborhood

First amateur shot with Nikon D3500.

Love Sports

Go Sounders!