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Deploy360 20 October 2015

Kevin Meynell Joins Deploy360

Kevin Meynell
By Kevin MeynellSenior Manager, Technical and Operational Engagement

Kevin Meynell 2014My name is Kevin Meynell and I would like to introduce myself as the new Content and Resource Manager at the Internet Society’s Deploy360 program. Although new to ISOC, I have more than 20 years experience working in the Internet ecosystem, starting out at JANET, the United Kingdom’s Research and Education Network back in 1995, just around the time they were phasing out Coloured Book (OSI) protocols in favour of Internet protocols.

Two years later I found myself working in Amsterdam for TERENA (now GÉANT), the European Association of National Research and Education Networks. Aside from being the parent organisation of the RIPE NCC at the time, it had previously been known as RARE which curiously had its own IETF Document Series (RTR) for reasons that are probably now lost in the mists of time.

At TERENA I worked on many initiatives over the years, but one of the most enjoyable and successful activities was working on the 6NET project (2002-2005) to test and deploy IPv6 services and applications in 16 national R&E networks. This experience was put to good use in the successor 6DISS project (2005-2007) that developed IPv6 informational and training material that I happily discovered is still referenced on the Deploy360 website today.

Other significant roles were as Coordinator of TF-CSIRT, the European Forum of Computer Incident Response Teams (2008-2012), Secretary of the Global Lambda Interconnect Facility (2005-present) promoting lambda networking for scientific research, the Project Lead for SCAMPI (2002-2004) that developed the ntop traffic monitoring software, and as the Manager of the TERENA Certificate Service (2008-2012) that offered a low-cost PKI service to European universities and research institutes.

From 2000-2001, I was involved in helping establish CENTR, the European Association of ccTLDs. This provided my first exposure to DNSSEC which was over-optimistically considered to be ready for deployment, but also to the world of domain name registries and registrars.

Upon leaving TERENA, I worked as the Manager of the Shibboleth Consortium (2013-2014) that develops the Shibboleth web single sign-on software widely used by both academic and commercial organisations, before joining APNIC in Brisbane as their Head of Training. APNIC is heavily involved in providing training in the Asia-Pacific region on IPv6, DNSSEC and improving routing security amongst other things, and this combined with my experience in trust and identity as well as computer security attracted me towards Deploy360 which I’d already been referencing myself for a number of years.

Deploy360 still needs your help though to speed up the deployment of Internet technologies! We’re looking for volunteers who can help identify and develop resources on our core technologies which include IPv6, DNSSEC, TLS for Applications, Securing BGP, and Anti-Spoofing. This can include reviews of resources for website and blog, new material in the form of tutorials, videos and/or reference guides, and especially case studies about how you deployed these technologies in your network.

If you think you can contribute, or even just want to chat, don’t hesitate to contact me at ‘[email protected]‘.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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