As Cyber Security Evangelist for Radware, Pascal helps execute the company’s thought leadership on today’s security thread landscape for EMEA, Central and Latin America. Pascal Geenens brings over two decades of experience in many aspects of the Information Technology and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Free University of Brussels, specializing in electronics with a finalization in parallel computing.
Prior to Radware, Pascal did a 10+ year career leap at Juniper, starting as system engineer for the Netscreen security portfolio and quickly growing into a senior consulting role helping enterprise customers design data center solutions for the EMEA North region. Before SDN became a hype, Pascal was already evangelizing and unconfusing customers in the many aspects of software defined networking and regularly spoke on industry events on the topics of SDDC, Carrier SDN and NFV. Working with the largest Cloud and Service Providers in EMEA, evolving their next generation data centers and peering/CDN solutions, Pascal was combining his software and application development background with his experience in carrier and enterpise networking through virtualization, orchestration and automation. One of Juniper’s practice leads and thought leaders in network programmability and DevOps, applying modern software development techniques to network automation and orchestration.
Before joining Juniper Pascal was an independent consultant, always working in the forefront of innovation and with latest technologies, applying new ideas and design patterns, always looking for new challenges and ways to extend and share his vast knowledge and experience in IT. Long before the Cloud and Big Data Pascal was deeply involved in architecting sensor networks for a nuclear agency as well as automating and developing PLC systems for small and medium businesses. Pascal was one of the first security consultants to succesfully pen-test and audit online banking applications, bringing banks securely into production and the internet. He was the first to succesfully deploy a commercial WAF solution at a major bank and a service provider in the Benelux region.
Before that, Pascal started his career at IBM supporting the Scalable POWERParallel systems, the first commercially available distributed system for HPC applications. During his time at IBM Pascal also was the EMEA focal point for AIX kernel crash dump analysis and teaching Perl as well as Unix/AIX kernel development. He was a regular speaker at the IBM EMEA conferences for Perl and kernel development.
Pascal has always kept his development practice as an independent consultant and likes to learn and apply new programming languages, regularly developing applications in C++, Go, Python, and expressing a special love for Clojure. Integrating IoT and home automation is his passion and combining security, development and networking skills with PLC background Pascal does a decent job at automating all aspects of his home, if and when time allows.
Pascal holds several vendor certifications for security, routing and switching.