Keith Gardiner

Senior Engineer II, Team Lead

Keith has over 30 years of experience in the Networking and Security field and has led technical teams in commercial and financial institutions in the US and the UK. He has transformed other US Government agencies from legacy networks into modern institutions including data centers shared by Federal agencies. He has been supporting GPO for the last 11years, over which time he has been the lead or primary supporting engineer in many of the major projects implemented during that period. He has extensive design and hands-on expertise in routing, switching and security, covering all major protocols, multiple firewalls, Cisco ISE, wireless, IPS and other security platforms. He is also an experienced data center engineer with advanced design and implementation ability on theNexus Data Center switches and their integration with the VMware virtualization environment.Mr. Gardiner has excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills and strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Certifications

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - Routing & Switching
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Routing & Switching
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) - Security

WHY NETCRAFTSMEN?

I was attracted to NetCraftsmen by the reputation of excellence shared by the company. I remained because of the supportive and co-operative culture that I found there. Being a part of NetCraftsmen puts you in conference with some of the best brains in the networking industry and offers you a chance to develop your own skills in a dynamic and wide-ranging environment.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I like working on challenging engineering solutions and developing strong technical teams which customers rely on to support and guide them in crafting business solutions.I especially like to nurture ambitious engineers and provide them the tools and opportunities to meet their goals.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

I like to fix things and feel like there is not an appliance, motor or machine that is beyond repair (sometimes to the despair of those who would rather buy new). I love the outdoors, large bodies of warm water, and love to eat and cook exotic foods; the spicier the better.

 

Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.

 

Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.

 

John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.