Computers and networks have always been a passion of mine. I’d always enjoyed connecting up cables, tinkering with electronics and playing with computers, so networking was perfect for me. From around the age of 16 I was given some dated CCNA material which sparked off a journey I’m still on to this day.
My first foray into networking was to pass the CCNA Routing and Switching exam after enrolling in the Cisco Network Academy at a local college. By the time I’d passed the exam I’d finished my 1st year at University, studying Computing & Network BSc (Hons), but even this wasn’t enough to satisfy my thirst for the world of networks. As a final year dissertation I’d produced a 2 site network, including in the design VoIP, EIGRP, Wireless and layer 2 security among other things. In addition to a technical solution I’d created Disaster Recovery policies, Removable Device Policies and Password Policies to complement the design with the full design process following the ITIL strategies throughout. The final design was also subjected to a risk assessment which included analysis of the annual asset failure rates, failure mode effective analysis, reviewing single points of failure as well as a fault tree analysis. I managed to graduate with a 1st Class Honours degree in Computing and Networks as well as receiving awards for the highest academic record in both 2nd and 3rd years.
After all of this I managed to land the job of my dreams, working for an IT consultancy company as a site manager in the oil and gas sector for 3 years. This gave me a huge amount of on the job experience and not long after I transitioned into the network projects team, designing, implementing and supporting IT networks across a multitude of clients and sectors.
Along side my work, I’ve pursued and gained qualifications ranging from ITIL: Foundation and Security+ to Microsoft’s MCSE: Server Infrastructure and currently working on passing the CCNP Routing and Switching exam series.