Dameon Welch-Abernathy

Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy, widely known as “PhoneBoy”, is a Security Architect for Check Point Software Technologies. He provides security architecture design and consults on product integration for Check Point’s Sales teams worldwide.

A recognized industry security veteran, with nearly two decades of experience, Welch-Abernathy is best known for his creation of the PhoneBoy FireWall-1 FAQ in the mid-1990s. It was used by Check Point and thousands of its customers worldwide. He is also the author of Essential Check Point FireWall-1 NG: An Installation, Configuration, and Troubleshooting Guide. A well-known author in the blog sphere, he is a trusted security authority.

Prior to joining Check Point through the acquisition of Nokia’s security appliance business, Welch-Abernathy worked in Product Line Support where the supported customers using a variety of security solutions developed by Nokia, Check Point, and Sourcefire. He has also worked as a systems administrator for several small companies.

Welch-Abernathy holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Santa Clara University and is a current Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).