Merike Kaeo, CCIE No. 1287, is a consultant focusing primarily on security-related products and network design solutions. She has been in the networking industry more than 15 years, starting out at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, from 1988 to 1993, designing and implementing the original FDDI backbone for the NIH campus using Cisco routers. From 1993 to 2000, Merike was employed by Cisco Systems, Inc., where she worked primarily on technical issues relating to router performance, network routing protocols, network design, and network security. She was a lead member of the Cisco security initiative, has acted as a technical advisor for security start-up companies, and has been an instructor and speaker at a variety of security-related conferences. Merike received her BSEE from Rutgers University in 1987 and completed her MSEE degree from George Washington University in 1998.