Fuel User Group is pleased to announce Mario Perez as the new Education Chair on the Fuel Board of Directors.
For more than 10 years, Mario has worked with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), giving him a unique background in education telecommunications and network operations. His on-the-job experience and leadership as a teacher and active member will continue to add valuable insight and offer a fresh perspective on educational initiatives for the entire FUEL community.
Learn more about Mario's unique cybersecurity background and his goals as the new Education Chair.
A data communications specialist for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and computer information systems adjunct professor at Santa Monica College, Mario has been an active member of the Fuel User Group Education Committee since January 2016. As part of the Fuel Education Committee, Mario assists in evaluating potential education topics and strategy for the Palo Alto Networks user community.
Mario also currently serves as a CIS & OFF TECH Advisory Board Member at Santa Monica College and chapter chair of AFT College Staff Guild Local 1521A.
Fuel HQ asked Mario to share his thoughts on education for the cybersecurity profession and his goals as the new Education Chair.
Fuel HQ: Why is peer-led training so important for the cybersecurity profession?
Mario Perez (MP): Peer-led training plays a key role in education. Jobs now require cybersecurity professionals to be innovative and tactical in order to protect our companies. Not every problem has a one-size-fits-all solution and determining the right answer can be very delicate.
Therefore, we, as cybersecurity specialists, must have a close group of knowledgeable, innovative and trusted individuals willing to team up and advise our peers in finding the solution to simple and complex issues in our organization. Most of the time, this close group of cybersecurity experts can only be achieved through peer-led mentoring or training.
Fuel HQ: What motivated you to become more involved with Fuel?
MP: I have a desire to empower others to gain as much knowledge and expertise on Palo Alto Networks technologies as possible.
Fuel HQ: What do you hope to see accomplished with the education committee?
I hope to develop and build the education committee to have one of the best, knowledgeable cybersecurity communities and to achieve an 80 to 90 percent rate of Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Engineer (PCNSE) members within the Fuel community.
Fuel HQ: What was the best part of attending a Spark User Summit?
The best part of attending a Spark User Summit was the networking and education from other Fuel members.
Connect with Mario and the Fuel Education Committee! This team is chartered with outlining an education plan to keep members up to date on the latest technologies, how-tos and integration tips and tricks. The Education Committee also is chartered with developing agendas for Spark User Summits held globally. Select "Join the Education Committee" on the volunteer interest form to apply.