Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy, widely known as “PhoneBoy”, is a Cyber Security Evangelist for Check Point Software Technologies. He is the public face of CheckMates, the Check Point cyber security community.
A recognized industry security veteran, with over two decades of experience, Welch-Abernathy is best known for his creation of the PhoneBoy FireWall-1 FAQ in the mid-1990s. It was used by Check Point and thousands of its customers worldwide. He is also the author of Essential Check Point FireWall-1 NG: An Installation, Configuration, and Troubleshooting Guide.
In past roles at Check Point, Welch-Abernathy led security architecture reviews and developed high level security architecture proposals for customers. Prior to joining Check Point in 2009 through the acquisition of Nokia’s security appliance business, he worked in Product Line Support where he supported customers using a variety of security solutions developed by Nokia, Check Point, and Sourcefire. He has also worked as a systems administrator for several small companies.
Welch-Abernathy holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Santa Clara University and is a current Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Where Did The Name PhoneBoy Come From? The name PhoneBoy was given to Welch-Abernathy by one of the hosts of Radionet Talk Radio, a radio show he used to work on in 1996 as a call screener. The host forgot his name one day and called him the phone boy just to call him something.
“[The host] is never going to let this name go,” Welch-Abernathy thought, “so I might as well embrace it.”
phoneboy.com was registered and the rest was history.
About This Site On this blog, Welch-Abernathy generally writes on the subjects of VoIP, Telecom, Gadgets and Technology. For Computer and Network Security topics, check out PhoneBoy’s Security Theater. For everything else PhoneBoy, check out PhoneBoy Says
Don’t confuse the views expressed herein with those of Check Point Software Technologies, Nokia, or any other employer Welch-Abernathy has had or may have in the future. The views here may not even be his!