About Neil Anderson

Neil is a freelance network security architect and contractor working with a number of clients in Scotland and Europe. He is CCIE #18705 and also holds a CISSP. He can often be found sampling beer in remote locations and ranting about tech to anyone too stupid to run away. If you're very unlucky, he may talk to you in Gaelic.

Neil can be occasionally be found on Twitter.

Firewalls: Expensive, Broken Routers

In a previous post on IPS, I made a fairly negative comment on the value that you get from enterprise firewalls in the modern … [Read more...]

NetCitadel and Software Defined Security

OneControl uses a common policy definition language to define security policies

It's been an exciting couple of weeks in the security realm, with a number of innovative startups appearing. That's … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Escaping Troubleshooting Hell

We've all been there: it's 5am and you're up to your humerus in a network failure that no amount of coffee and swearing seems … [Read more...]

Network Visibility for Flexible Security Architectures

Deploying aggregation switches for better network visibility

Inline security appliances are a fact of modern network security architectures. There are a number of compliance drivers to … [Read more...]

12 Tips for Effective IPS Deployment (Goats Optional)

Fresh from a conversation so frustrating that I could have cheerfully punched a goat today, I thought I'd jot down my … [Read more...]

The Scorched Earth LAN & A Better Enterprise Security Model

The enterprise LAN is a blasted wasteland of dead and dying technologies. I call for a strategic retreat. It seems to me … [Read more...]