Brian J. Cohen is the principal web developer for, and founder of Intercarve Networks. He grew up in Pleasantville, New York,
about 30 miles outside "the city". Here in Boise, he averages 40 days of skiing per year, including downhill racing with the
. He is an avid traveler
(4 continents and 43 US states), trail hiker and vegetable gardener, and he's currently teaching himself to play the banjo.
Brian and his wife, Jodie, were married in August of 2011.
in Tarrytown, New York. He graduated in 2003 from
and focused his studies on database design, information retrieval, language processing, and performance optimization. He moved to Boise, Idaho in 2004.
From 2004 to 2007 he worked as a web developer for Foerstel Design, a leading Boise graphics design firm.
We are proud to work exclusively with Joshua J. Laughtland at
for search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) and pay-per-click (PPC) services for our client base.
Johns Hopkins University
- Baltimore, Maryland
Whiting School of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Sept, 1999 - May, 2003
Intercarve Networks, LLC
- Boise, Idaho
Managing Member and Website Programmer
July 1999 - Present
- Chief project manager for client
website development projects: direct creative development, functional
requirements, implementation. Communicate regularly with clients to
ensure their needs are being met.
- Deploy advanced
- Author of comprehensive content management system (CMS) website development framework based on open source technologies (PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, AJAX / AHAH / jQuery) that includes ecommerce (shopping cart) functionality.
- Supervise all
billing, financial accounting, sales, marketing, business management
and technical support
- Deploy and
administer operating system, web, mail, firewall, intrusion detection
and security policy.
- Author and
maintainer of top-to-bottom ISP business management software. Author
of online customer control panel. Both written in secure PHP with MySQL
- Code various systems
administration programs in Perl, PHP, bash shell script and C.
- Maintain Apache 1.3,
Apache 2.0, Postfix 1.x, mod_perl, Apache Tomcat, mod_ssl, large
virtual hosting environment.
- Perform PHP and SQL
website programming services for contract clients, including small
shops and large startups.
- San Ramon, California
October, 2011 - June, 2012
Foerstel Design, Inc.
- Chief architect of web application development
- Boise, Idaho
Web Programmer and Technologist
Oct, 2004 - Sept, 2007
- Program dynamic
website for clients of largest design firm in Idaho.
- Use PHP and MySQL to
build customized content management systems for rapidly deploying
dynamic websites, including a complete shopping cart (e-commerce)
system and automatic generation of content administration modules so
clients can modify their own sites in real-time.
- Wrote and maintain
comprehensive company management, job/budget management, cost
estimating/proposal and time-tracking system using PHP, MySQL, Ajax
with MYOB accounting software. Drastically improves worker productivity.
- Work with clients to
determine website requirements and options for achieving them.
- Develop in-house
software engineering guidelines to establish best practices for code
quality and separating development of design/layout and backend logic.
- Improve internal
networking infrastructure by rackmounting all servers and telecom
- Establish stable
development platform on Debian Linux and Apache 2.0 platform.
and Corset Shop, Inc. - Newark, New Jersey
Web Programmer and Network Administrator
Sept, 2003 - Feb, 2004
The Internet2 Project
modifications and improvements to BareNecessities.com website, a
leading online retailer of intimate apparel, using ASP, Perl, and PHP.
- Provided 24/7
support of enterprise servers and applications, network hardware /
infrastructure, and Internet (web, email) servers.
- Managed and
supported 12 Windows 2000 servers, 50 Windows 2000 workstations, 2
FreeBSD Unix servers, 11 Windows NT 4.0 web servers, 20 networked
printers, and a diverse Wireless LAN environment. Technologies included
Microsoft IIS, Microsoft Site Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache
httpd, MySQL, sshd, Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, Microsoft Office
- Responsible for
monitoring and troubleshooting backup and disaster-recovery systems
with Veritas Backup Exec 9.0.
- Advised senior staff
on security vulnerabilities and policy for all facets of technical
- Armonk, New York
Intern - Unix Systems Programming
June, 2001 - August, 2001
- Developed and
implemented customized port and conversion from BSD/OS to FreeBSD for
next-generation IP network performance metrics software for secure
nationwide deployment on Internet2 backbone.
- Ported Unix device
drivers and modified existing FreeBSD ATM kernel code
Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland
Computational Neuroscience Laboratory
Linux Systems and Network Administrator
January, 2001 - December, 2002
- Maintained and
provided user support for 12 Linux servers, Windows 2000 workstations
including multi-processor systems. Tuned Linux servers for
high-performance computation, administered hardware RAID and peformed
- Installed and
maintained Apache, Matlab, Sendmail, NFS, Samba, SSH, and various user
- Coded and maintained
Perl administration scripts.
Excelsior Packaging Group - Yonkers, New York
IT Director, Systems Administrator
June 1994 - August 1999
- Phased out aging
Novell file server system; phased in Windows NT and FreeBSD.
- Responsible for
workstation deployment, management, and security. Setup and ran all
network services including fileserving, application serving, in-house
email, system backups, and Internet access via frame relay. Expanded
network to include offices within and beyond the factory floor.
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server/Workstation, Microsoft Windows 9x,
FreeBSD 2.x, Apache web server and proxy, Squid proxy.
All skills are practiced from a security-first standpoint. Inclusion on
this list implies expert knowledge of secure usage, installation, or
Dynamic and database-driven website application development,
development of complex content management system, website application
development and performance analysis/optimization, search engine
optimization (SEO), Unix systems administration, security auditing,
programming and scripting, project management, database design and
administration, natural language processing, information retrieval and
data mining, client-server programming, secure network design, network
analysis and troubleshooting, object-oriented design.
Programming and Scripting
- Perl, Python, PHP (PHP4, PHP5), jQuery, Prototype / Scriptaculous, bash/sh shell script,
tcsh/csh shell script, C, C++, Java, sed/awk, PL/SQL, XHTML, XML, HTML, CSS.
Low-level Linux kernel programming and UNIX network programming.
Ajax methodologies. Familiar with Drupal, Joomla, and Magento.
- Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, Slackware, Gentoo,
SuSE), FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OSX, Mac OS9, Sun Solaris, SGI/IRIX, AIX,
Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP, MS Active Directory, Novell Netware. XFree86 and
Xorg windowing systems, Beowulf clustering. Overall expertise in UNIX
Overall command of security concepts. Host-based and
network-based intrusion detection, Tripwire, AIDE, secure web
programming (data validation, prevention of SQL injection, analysis and
anticipation of potential attacks), low-level understanding and ability
to utilize cryptography and authentication techniques including
SSL/TLS, hashing, and IPSec. Wireless authentication and encryption
(WEP, WPA, EAP). Microsoft Windows domain security.
- Apache httpd and proxy (including
performance tuning and load-balancing), Apache Tomcat, Squid proxy, DNS
(BIND, djbdns), SMTP, mailing lists and spam control (Sendmail,
Postfix, qmail, Microsoft Exchange, Spamassassin, Mailman), POP3, IMAP
(courier), Samba, Snort, Portsentry, iplog, SSH (OpenSSH), SCP and
SFTP, FTP, SSL/TLS, Microsoft IIS, LDAP.
TCP/IP, RIP, IPX/SPX, Cisco IOS, TCP routing &
subnetting, wiring, bridging, VPNs, ATM, Frame Relay, ISDN, T1, network
testing and diagnostics. Can build firewalls with available tools,
including ipf/pf, ipfw, iptables, and Cisco IOS. Wireless networking
802.11a/b/g, WEP, WPA, 802.1x.
- Oracle, MySQL, PostgresSQL, Microsoft SQL
Server, SQLite. Advanced database design and optimization. Overall
fluency in SQL and related relational database systems. Expert with
transactional code, triggers, stored procedures, advanced indexing and
referential integrity concepts.