Fuel User Group is pleased to announce Dwight Hobbs as a new member of the Fuel Board of Directors.
A security services engineer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Dwight has spent the last 10 years doing information security research and training. His duties include integrating security solutions with existing systems and reviewing vendor security posture for new products. At his previous job, Dwight worked to design and build educational capture-the-flag competitions where he has used Palo Alto Networks technologies for the past 6 years. Dwight holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Millersville University and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Drexel University.
Dwight will be focused on growing Fuel membership and acting as a resource for Chapter leaders.
Fuel HQ asked Dwight to share his reasons for joining Fuel and his goals for the upcoming year.
Fuel HQ: Why did you join Fuel?
Dwight Hobbs: I joined Fuel for, I think, the same reason as many Fuel members. After changing to my current job, I was asked to dive a little deeper into our Palo Alto Networks environment, and I wanted a good community resource to get help and information on the Palo Alto Networks ecosystem. The Palo Alto Networks documentation can teach you a lot, but for quick questions, or finding out how people are implementing devices in their real world environments, I’ve found Fuel to be an invaluable resource.
Fuel HQ: What motivated you to become more involved with Fuel as a board member?
DH: Like a lot of members of the security community, I feel it’s important to give back to the community and pay our knowledge forward. After giving a presentation at Ignite 2015, I was approached by a Palo Alto Networks employee about volunteering for Fuel and he later nominated me as a board member. It seemed like a natural progression to accept the position on the board and continue to share my knowledge with the community in that way.
Fuel HQ: What do you hope to see accomplished in the upcoming year?
DH: My goals for Fuel in the upcoming year are to help the community to grow and work toward adding additional benefits for current and future Fuel members. Fuel is already a great resource for its members, but the value proposition for the organization can always be improved by listening to our members and improving.
I’ve already had a chance to look at some of the suggestions from our members, regarding what they’d like to see next, and I think we can use that to improve Fuel and make it even better in the future.
Fuel HQ: Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t find on your resume (i.e., talents, hobbies, etc.).
DH: While I’m not particularly good at it, I am an avid skier and like to get out on the slopes as much as possible each year. I’m from the Northeastern U.S., so my local slopes aren’t as wide and open as the slopes in the Western U.S. or Europe, but it’s fun to visit there on occasion.
Fuel HQ: Any last thoughts you’d like to share?
It’s a great honor to be chosen as a member of the board for Fuel. I’m looking forward to the upcoming year and helping to add as much to Fuel as possible, wherever I can.
Connect with Dwight and pay it forward with your unique cybersecurity knowledge! Fuel is looking for engaged volunteers to make a mark on their local community by leading a chapter. Chapter leaders help create a local community of professionals by organizing quarterly meetings, maintaining online communities, and sharing information online and in person with chapter members.