Natalie Timms is a former program manager with the CCIE certification team at Cisco, managing exam curricula and content for the CCIE Security track before becoming an independent consultant. Natalie has been involved with computer networking for more than 20 years, much of which was spent with Cisco. Natalie has contributed at the IETF standards level and has written many technical papers, and is also a Cisco Press author and U.S. patent holder. Natalie has also been a technical instructor in the Asia-Pacific region for Wellfleet Communications/Bay Networks, and is the winner of multiple Cisco Live Distinguished Speaker awards. Natalie has a CCIE Security certification and a bachelor's degree in computer science and statistics from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.