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CheckMates Member of the Month for January 2018: Gaurav Pandya

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Check Point is proud to name its CheckMates Member of the Month for January 2018: Gaurav Pandya


A network engineer turned security engineer, Gaurav both manages and helps others manage their Check Point firewalls. CheckMates has been a valuable tool for him to learn more and share what he's learned with others.


Gaurav, tell us a little about yourself & what you do

I have overall 9 years of IT experience. I started my career as a Network Engineer and then moved into the Security domain – Firewalls (Mainly Check Point) and Proxies. We provide Check Point firewall support for various customers and some of them are managed customers. I'm personally responsible for new implementations, upgrades, and troubleshooting of Check Point firewalls. I also perform configuration and troubleshooting of Cisco and Extreme switches.


Tell us a little about your experience with Check Point

I have started to use Check Point from the R65 release on SecurePlatform (SPLAT). I have worked with R70 & R77 versions in SPLAT as well as GAIA. I have done new Implementations and Upgrades for many customers, IPS signature review, and other updates according to customer requirements. I like the new version R80.x, especially the automation capabilities. It has great features with a unified console. I have migrated some customer’s database from R77.30 to R80.10.


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

I came across a new requirement of POC of NAT64, which I had not done before. I did it in my LAB and successfully completed a customer POC. I also got support from Dameon Welch Abernathy. See the thread here: IPv6 with Checkpoint R77.30 


What do you use the CheckMates platform for? 

Whenever I login to CheckMates, I am learning something new as people are asking questions, doing troubleshooting, and giving tips and tricks which is very helpful. I started to share my thoughts and ask questions which I have faced. It is really great platform!


What do you like to do for fun?

In my free time, I play Cricket with my friends and listen to light music, which is relaxing. Sometimes I also read technical books in spare time.


Great job Gaurav. Keep it up.

Congratulations and keep up the good work.