Fuel Original Member Spotlight: Bob Williamson

Posted by Fuel HQ on Apr 23, 2015 11:00:00 AM

by Fuel HQ

The Fuel Original Member Spotlight is a regular series on the Fuel for Thought blog, highlighting inaugural members of Fuel who joined the community in 2015. Each spotlight sheds light on a Fuel member’s background, industry experience, and shares some little-known facts and interesting member stories.


Bob Williamson, Network Administrator at Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma, WA, has been working for over twenty years in IT-related positions as a generalist (AD, SQL, Exchange, networking, wireless and security). He’s been using Palo Alto Networks technologies since 2011, and his certifications include MCSE, VMWare VCP5 and Palo Alto Networks CNSE 6. A former skydiver who was one of the first dozen people in Tacoma to get on the internet via a dialup SLIP account, Bob faces some complicated challenges in securing Annie Wright’s network. Learn more about Bob below, and check out his recent Palo Alto Networks Case Study.

Are you a morning person or night owl?
Night owl who read RSS feeds constantly. 

Piece of technology you can’t live without?
Some favorite technologies are VMWare, SAN, Firewalls and general security.

Preferred social media platform? Can we find you there?

Social media?  What’s that?  When I get on the internet I prefer to not interact with people unless it is a forum.

What was your first job?
First job was working as an analytical chemist. I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a focus on neutron activation analysis.

What is your go-to news outlet that you read, watch, and/or listen to for industry news?
RSS feeds a plenty.

Any challenges you can share about working in education security?
Annie Wright is an International Baccalaureate boarding school with a bunch of old traditions. PreK-8th grades are coed, while 9th-12th grades are girls only.  We have over 100 girls boarding at the school from 9th-12th grade, which makes for some interesting internet traffic patterns and internet complications as this school is their home.

Any predictions for Fuel’s future?
I am hoping Fuel grows to be more popular, especially with regard to local meetings.

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