Spark Chicago: A Place for Peer-Driven Problem Solving

Posted by George Elgin on Nov 27, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

By George Elgin, Fuel User Group Member and Spark User Summit Presenter 

Spark Chicago-1George Elgin is a principal engineer at Nexum Inc., in Chicago, and a Fuel User Group member. He recently attended and spoke at the Spark User Summit in Chicago. Read on for Elgin’s review of Spark Chicago and learn about the benefits of attending a Spark User Summit event.


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Topics: Spark User Summits, Spark Chicago

A Conversation Between Two Fuel Presidents

Posted by Fuel HQ on Nov 21, 2019 10:22:21 AM

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Nearly five years ago, John Matelski and Dwight Hobbs took interest in a little-known cybersecurity user group called Fuel. After exploring all the group had to offer, they found this was the community for them.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Join Fuel, Fuel President

It’s Time to Get SASE: The Next Chapter in Network Security

Posted by Fuel HQ on Nov 13, 2019 7:02:00 AM

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Palo Alto Networks Founder and CTO Nir Zuk has watched cybersecurity grow and evolve over the span of his career. Nearly 25 years ago, Zuk’s focus was on stateful inspection firewalls, which at the time dominated the market. Ten years later, when use of internet applications began to explode and challenge stateful inspection capabilities, a new approach was needed. This ultimately led Zuk to create Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall.

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Topics: next-generation firewall, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, SASE, secure access service edge

How to Build an IPSec Tunnel Between a Palo Alto Networks Firewall and a Cisco Meraki MX64 Firewall

Posted by Charles Buege on Oct 24, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Thursday, October 24, 2019

By Charles Buege, Fuel User Group Member 

Up next in my series on how to setup IPSec tunnels on Palo Alto Firewalls is an article covering how to connect to a Cisco Meraki MX64 firewall.   

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Topics: Charles Buege, IPSec Tunnel, Cisco Meraki MX64

Key Considerations for Moving to a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Posted by Fuel HQ on Oct 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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The national conversation around cybersecurity is perpetually changing, but most data security professionals can agree that it is a daunting task to lock down systems in the cloud. In fact, there is often a discrepancy between a company’s stated cybersecurity policy and the reality of what that company does to secure its data, simply because it is so difficult to stay ahead of changing cybersecurity standards. If it seems like a breach is in the news every other week, that’s because many companies have been burned by inadequate security, resulting in embarrassing public disclosures of vulnerabilities.

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Topics: Cloud Security Management, security, hybrid cloud

How to Build an IPSec Tunnel Between a Palo Alto Networks Firewall and a pfSense Firewall

Posted by Charles Buege on Sep 27, 2019 3:49:48 PM

Friday, September 27, 2019

By Charles Buege, Fuel User Group Member 

Continuing my series on how to set up IPSec tunnels on Palo Alto Networks firewalls, this blog post will cover how to connect to a pfSense firewall.   

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Topics: Charles Buege, IPSec Tunnel, Adaptive Security Appliance, ASA

‘What I’m Reading,’ With Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks

Posted by Fuel HQ on Sep 20, 2019 12:07:14 PM

Friday, September 20, 2019

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Rick Howard is the chief security officer for Palo Alto Networks, but he’s also known in the cybersecurity community for being an avid reader. Take one look at the Cybersecurity Canon, a project started up by Rick in 2014, and no further evidence is needed.

Whether it’s the latest cybersecurity bestseller or a thriller with tech flair, you’re more likely than not to find a book in Rick’s hands. Read on for his recommendations, as shared in a recent conversation he had with Fuel.



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Topics: Books, Cybersecurity Books

PAN OS 9.0: Deep Dive into DNS Security

Posted by Blake Volk on Aug 19, 2019 10:05:53 AM

Monday, August 19, 2019

By Blake Volk, Fuel User Group Member

Palo Alto Networks has released PAN-OS 9.0 to the user community recently, and now after releasing version 9.0.3, there are a lot of great features I am excited to run and use in my environment. They have added multiple features to cover the enterprise as a whole, and also to streamline the conversion process of legacy policies to app-based policies. This helps secure the enterprise even more.

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Topics: Palo Alto Networks, PAN-OS 9.0

‘Soaking up Cybersecurity’: A Q&A with Justin Flynn, New Fuel Board Member

Posted by Fuel HQ on Aug 8, 2019 4:02:04 PM

Thursday, August 8, 2019


Justin Flynn is a senior solutions architect for Trace3 and a new member to the Fuel Board of Directors. He is an experienced network and security architect and has worked on design and configuration for more than 10 years. He is passionate about the latest in security and assists organizations with bettering their security programs.

We spoke with Justin to learn more about his background as a network and security architect, his experience starting the Chicago Fuel chapter and his passion for networking.



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Topics: Fuel Board of Directors, Join Fuel

Is Your Career in Cybersecurity Stressing You Out? Try These Tips to Mitigate Stress

Posted by Fuel HQ on Jul 29, 2019 10:36:34 AM

Friday, July 19, 2019

board-game-boss-business-1040157Cybersecurity professionals are facing some significant challenges that are stressing them out, according to “The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals” report from Enterprise Security Group (ESG) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Check out these tips on how to remediate stressful situations at work.


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Topics: tips, stress, professional development, tips for stress management

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