My name is Aref Alsouqi, I've been working in IT for roughly twenty years. I started as a typist and from there I began to have a lot of curiosity about the IT world which led me soon to be even more interested in this field. I soon felt at home when began exploring the network security universe, this is why I tried hard to improve my skills and knowledge in this specific track, and always pushed myself to go up to the next level.
During my career I worked with different vendors and different technologies, however, the main focus was, and still is, on Cisco security technologies. I also worked in different environments, from small to large, in different countries, and had different responsibilities and roles along the path.
I've always been curious and interested in knowing more about technologies, and I had always tried to go beyond what I was given by the books and documentations. Questioning the technologies helped me a lot in grasping more the topics. The "why" and the "what if" were my main questions during my career which drove me always to put technologies to the test and to verify how they really work behind the scenes.
Currently I am working as a security technical architect with exposure to different environments and different technologies which helps me in keeping up my knowledge and getting more experience by learning new things every day.
Learning never ends, every day there is something new to be added to my knowledge. Currently I am focusing on starting another long journey but this time with Palo Alto firewalls. My plan is to go up to the expertise level similar to what I have done with the CCIE Security. At the same time keeping my knowledge refreshed and up-to-date is something that won't stop, and also learning more about the new Cisco technologies and how the different technologies are integrated between each other, this is one of the reasons why I always try not to miss Cisco Live events.