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.
David Flanders, Security Consultant at Teneo Ltd (a specialist integrator of Next Generation Technology) in Theale, UK, has worked in cybersecurity since 1997, and has been working with Palo Alto Networks technologies for the last three years. David has a slew of certifications: for Palo Alto Networks, he has ACE 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 as well as CNSE 4.1 and 5.1, and PCNSE 6; he also has certifications from Check Point, Nokia, Juniper, Fortinet, Clearswift, RSA and others. He’s also currently working on the certifications for Arbor Networks. Learn more about David, the former bus conductor who is sure Fuel’s community of knowledge will come in handy in the future.
Are you a morning person or night owl?
I can be both a morning or night time person – just give me a bit of notice which you want!
Piece of technology you can’t live without?
If I can’t have music, I would be very sad – it doesn’t matter if it’s at home with a good Hi-Fi or on the go with a MP3 player (so that’s probably it).
Favorite ice cream flavor?
I just love Tutti Fruiti (not always available, but when I can it takes me back to some favourite times and places).
Preferred social media platform? Can we find you there?
As a security consultant I don’t do much since I don’t like to give away information, but you can find me on LinkedIn.
What was your first job?
In the summer holidays from University I worked at a ‘bus conductor.’
What is your go-to news outlet that you read, watch, and/or listen to for industry news?
For news, I always check the Register, but I do have a number of feeds/newsletters I get and I always try to see what Bruce Schneier is up to.
Trend in cybersecurity that excites you most?
The trends I am pleased to be seeing are the insistence on behaviour of applications rather than simpler signatures (or port based services in firewalls), as this is much more important.
What do you hope to get out of Fuel?
I hope to get more knowledge – it’s all valuable even if you can’t find the precise moment when it comes to the rescue.
Any predictions for Fuel’s future?
I am hopeful that Fuel User Group will provide a two-way street between Palo Alto Networks and the people who are probably the most passionate advocates for its technologies.