Greg Abelar has been an employee of Cisco Systems, Inc., since December 1996. He was an original member of the Cisco Technical Assistance Security Team, helping to hire and train many of the engineers. He has held various positions in both the Security Architecture and Security Technical Marketing Engineering teams at Cisco. Greg is the primary founder and project manager of Cisco’s Written CCIE Security exam. Before his employment at Cisco, Greg worked at Apple Computer, Inc., for eight years as a TCP/IP, IPX, and AppleTalk cross-platform escalation engineer. At Apple, he also served as a project leader in the technical platform deployment for the Apple worldwide network. From 1991 to 1996, Greg worked as both a systems programmer and an IT manager for Plantronics, Inc. From 1985 to 1991, Greg was employed by the County Bank of Santa Cruz, where he worked as an applications programmer. This book is Greg’s second authorship of a technical publication; the first was a very successful and uniquely presented publication, also from Cisco Press, titled Securing Your Business with Cisco ASA and PIX Firewalls (2005). Besides authoring Cisco Press publications, he was a co-author of Version 2 of the premier Internet security architecture whitepaper, “SAFE: A Security Blueprint for Enterprise and Networks.” His credentials also include technical editing of five security publications by Cisco Press. Greg lives with his wife, Ellen, and three children, Jesse, Ethan, and Ryan, in Aptos, California.
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Dale Tesch is a product sales specialist for the CS-MARS product line for Cisco Systems’ US AT Security Team. Dale came to Cisco Systems through the acquisition of Protego Networks in February 2005 and has held the primary responsibilities of training Cisco’s Sales and Engineering team on SIMS and CS-MARS and providing advanced sales support to Cisco customers. While at Protego Networks, he was responsible for sales and engineering in parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe. Before Protego Networks, he was an AT security engineer for Cisco Systems’ U.S. Channels Organization. Dale was the founding team leader of the U.S. Channels Security Technical Advisory Team and came to Cisco originally in 2000. Before Cisco, he was the senior systems engineer at Vitts Networks, a New England–based DSL provider. Previously, Dale spent ten years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force and is a veteran of Desert Storm. He lives in Madbury, New Hampshire, with his fiancée, Janet, and their six children, Scott, Alex, Isabella, Douglas, Andrew, and Kristyn. Dale has published several articles on SIMs, security policy, and wireless security and has been a technical editor for Cisco Press. Dale also speaks as an industry expert and trainer for various technical seminars. He holds CCNP and CISSP certifications and is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University.