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I am currently a sr. network engineer for a large retail company, prior to that I was a sr. network network engineer for a few managed services providers (MSP) designing, configuring, and troubleshooting customer networks, prior to that I spent 4 years as a network analyst for a public safety entity. I’ve got over 7 years of experience in the IT field.  I work with everything from Microsoft servers to VMWare ESX/ESXi, from Cisco switches and routers to WLCs and ASA’s. I have my hand in many different cookie jars to ensure everything is working properly as it should, even if that requires me to get in the trenches and filter through event logs, debug logs, packets captures, or RF recordings. If their is a problem I will get to the root cause of it.



  • CCNP
  • CCIP
  • CCDP
  • CCNP: Security
  • CCNA: Wireless
  • ASA Specialist
  • IPS Specialist
  • IOS Security Specialist
  • Firewall Specialist
  • VPN Specialist
  • Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist
  • Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist
  • Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist
  • SCP – SolarWinds Certified Professional
  • MCSA 2003
  • MCITP: SA 2008
  • MCTS: SQL 2008
  • CWTS – Certified Wireless Technology Specialist
  • CWNA – Certified Wireless Network Administrator
  • BlackBerry Certified Server Support Specialist
  • BlackBerry Certified Support Specialist
  • CSSA – Certified SonicWall Security Administrator


  • A+
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Server+


I am a member of the Cisco Champions Program. Cisco Champions are passionate about Cisco and enjoy sharing our knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. I am not a representative of Cisco. My views as a Cisco Champion are my own.


Written by Stephen J. Occhiogrosso

June 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

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