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Hi CheckMates!

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As a valued Check Point customer, your opinion matters to us greatly — and to your peers, too.

  • We invite you to review your Check Point experience on Gartner Peer Insights.
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Each month, we plan to highlight a specific member of the community. For September, that person is Valeri Loukine!

 

The September Check Mates Member of the Month is Valeri Loukine, Sr Security Consulting Architect with Dimension data. Valeri has been one of the strongest contributors to the community providing advice to fellow members and actively engaging in technical conversations to learn more and stay on the cutting edge of (Check Point) security. Many thanks To Valeri for his contributions and participation to help make Check Mates an educational, informative and engaging place to visit!

 

At his day job at Dimension Data Valeri is a “Swiss army knife” for all things security. On any given day he can be found educating potential customers on security, designing customer’s security strategies, or implementing products for customers.

 

Deeply familiar with Check Point products, Valeri has been working with them for more than 15 years. AS part of his on-going commitment to customer success, he is actively engaged in dialog with Check Point via the Check Point user Group (CPUG) and now Check Mates.  While CPUG  has  been  a  great  resource, Check  Mates has  enabled  him to get answers  to  his   technical inquiries  faster through more   direct access   to  Checkpoint  experts.

 

In his spare time Valeri enjoys spending time with his granddaughter in Israel, writing poetry and riding his Harley Davidson through the breath-taking Swiss Alps.

 

On behalf of CheckMates, we thank Valeri for sharing his valuable knowledge with us!

 

Our interview questions and answers are below:

 

Tell us a little about yourself & what you do

These days you can consider me a Swiss Army Knife for Check Point security. I do all of it: technical presales, design, architecture, implementations, migrations, upgrades and support. I also do other security vendors, although on a lesser scale. I train people, write and deliver technical security courses. I consult on security, both on technical and conceptual topics.

 

Tell us a little about your experience with Check Point

I touched Check Point FW first time in 1999. Then it went up hill dramatically after joining Israeli Check Point office in 2000. Since then, I am a Check Point expert. Moving through the ranks, changing positions from VPN QA specialist at the beginning to Check Point Profession Services Consultant at the end of my work at CP Israel would do that to anybody else.

 

After joining Dimension Data in Switzerland in 2008, I commenced participating in CPUG (cpug.org) activities and eventually became CPUG ambassador in Europe. It also happened that I was the first person in Switzerland to achieve CCMA certification. I am most probably the last one to have it still active, at least here

 

You may also mention my CCMA blog: http://checkpoint-master-architect.blogspot.ch/

 

Do you have a unique deployment of a Check Point product?

 

Every single project I do with Check Point is unique. It is really hard to distinguish just one. I have been to places and seen things. Do not even get me started, otherwise I will not stop talking for a week

 

What do you use the CheckMates platform for?

CheckMates is a great tool to share experience, learn things and get in touch with experts. Being a CPUG.org member for over a decade, I have seen multiple Check Point attempts to create something similar. I am happy you have finally found a nice way to do so.

 

What do you like to do for fun? (Hobbies)

Work is fun, most of the time, but I guess the question is not about it. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my granddaughter in Israel, writing poetry and riding my Harley. Some hiking in Swiss mountains and touring interesting places are also in the list.

 

 

If you could create any new technology right now, what would it be?

Why should it be technology? One of my distant dreams is to write a book about history of Check Point. Not about technology, although this topic is also fascinating, but about people in and around the company. There are many interesting, dramatic, funny, happy, and sometimes tragic stories there. I have stumbled on some while doing research for a “Short History of Check Point Firewalls” chapter of CPUG papers project: https://www.cpug.org/forums/showthread.php/21868-Paper-1-Brief-History-Of-Check-Point-Firewalls

 

That is a very deep well to drink from, I promise you.

Each month, we plan to highlight a specific member of the community. For August, that person is Timothy Hall!

 

Tim Hall is the founder and owner of Shadow Peak Inc., an independently run enterprise started in 2004 that specializes in Check Point training and consulting services. His company has assisted clients from all over the world, including one with firewalls located in Antarctica.

 

Tim has been working with Check Point products since 1997, and as part of his work authored "Max Power: Check Point Firewall Performance Optimization", which centers on the performance intricacies of Check Point products. His newest publication, a second edition focusing on the R80 and R80.10 updates, is currently under development.

 

Although Tim would consider himself an expert in R80.10, he noted, “CheckMates has helped me with learning about the new R80 release, learning about little nooks and crannies in the GUI, and the underlying implementation.”

  

Apart from his love for technology, he also has a passion for collecting. Tim has a basement full of antique pinball machines from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, as well as a collection of arcade video games including Galaga, Tempest, and Pac-Man.

 

In Tim’s words:

"CheckMates is the continuation of spreading knowledge and assisting administrators with various problems.” 

On behalf of CheckMates, we thank Tim for sharing his valuable knowledge with us!

 

Our interview questions and answers are below:

 

Tell us a little about yourself & what you do

I've been working with Check Point products since 1997. I have had my own independently run business since 2004. My business Shadow Peak Incorporated is a one-man corporation that specializes in Check Point training and consulting services.

 

Tell us a little about your experience with Check Point

In 1997, with a company called Evolving Systems, we needed a firewall that could do a VPN, and there was this relatively new kid on the block called Check Point. It was a logical pairing of product to experience based on the Solaris systems experience I had. It's been 20 years this year that I've used a variety of Check Point products.

 

Do you have a unique deployment of a Check Point product?

There's a large defense contractor with firewalls in Antarctica that I did a fair amount of work for that had a pretty large Check Point deployment. I was doing some work with a firewall and I’m like, “Why is this one so slow?” It was because we’re going over a satellite to reach that area and we could only do it at certain times of day.

 

What do you use the CheckMates platform for?

With CheckMates for me, the best thing was learning about the new R80 release, learning about little nooks and crannies in the GUI, and the underlying implementation. Definitely learning about the new R80 and of course R80.10 releases is mainly what I use it for.

 

What do you like to do for fun? (Hobbies)

I collect antique pinball machines and video games. In my basement I have pinball machines ranging from the 1970s to the 1990s. I also have a Galaga, Tempest, Pac-Man – actual full size arcade cabinets. I'm also always reading about different technology or articles on CPUG. I strive to be a pure force of technical knowledge.

 

If you could create any new technology right now, what would it be?

If I could create any new technology, I'd say it would be for an individual's personal data that is bought, bartered, brokered, traded, etc., to notify them every time that data is used or accessed. It would be very scary and I think people would realize how much their personal data is just kind of floating around and being leaked and sold.