Michael J. Shannon is a full-time author and consultant who has been employed as a senior technician, trainer, consultant, and mentor throughout the U.S. for companies such as ExecuTrain, Mindworks, Mastering Computers, Platinum Technology, and Fujitsu. He has been implementing, consulting, and instructing on internetworking technology for over 15 years. Shannon holds CCNP, MCSE 2000, Network+, and iNet+ networking-related certifications. As a security professional, he holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the HIPAA Certified Security Specialist (HCSS) certifications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University.