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Datacom expert becomes Palo Alto Networks 'Guardian'

10 Feb 2020

Datacom consultant David Hull has been recognised as one of only 37 ‘Guardians’ around the world after being awarded Palo Alto Networks’ top status of CYBERFORCE Guardian.

Guardians are part of the Palo Alto Networks Cyberforce technical recognition programme, which comprises engineers who are committed to protecting customers’ digital way of life. 

“Membership to the programme is earned, you do not register for it. David has always excelled at being the forefront of Datacom’s Palo Alto Networks opportunities by attaining the highest certifications and achieving successful outcomes for our customers,” explains Datacom Networks business manager Stephen Marlow.

To achieve this top status a combination of winning performance, certifications and technical credentials and customer feedback is assessed and attributed to an engineer as XP points.
Hull is now the first Guardian for the Asia Pacific and China (APAC) region. He committed a lot of time to customers and to enhancing his own capabilities to master Palo Alto Networks technology to earn this status.

As a Guardian, Hull enables Datacom to get ahead with early access to training, key event access, and certification exam vouchers allowing the team to stay one step ahead of the competition and deliver continued value to customers.

“Membership to the programme is earned, you do not register for it. David has always excelled at being the forefront of Datacom’s Palo Alto Networks opportunities by attaining the highest certifications and achieving successful outcomes for our customers,” explains Datacom Networks business manager Stephen Marlow.

Palo Alto Networks New Zealand country manager Misti Landtroop sends her congratulations to David Hull regarding this exceptional achievement.

“Datacom is a strategic partner and David Hull is an important extension of our team at Palo Alto Networks in New Zealand. Being recognised as the 36th CYBERFORCE Guardian and the first in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region is impressive. David has certainly earned his place in this elite group of highly trained, self-sufficient engineers who are instrumental in protecting our digital way of life by preventing successful cyber attacks."
Hull’s work was assessed directly by Palo Alto Networks and customers feedback on each delivery was reviewed. This is a review of the highest level certification and delivery by a technical individual.

In August 2019, Palo Alto Networks outlined its New Zealand expansion efforts. They include expanding its channel partner community, as well as more than doubling its local employee headcount. Former prime minister John Key currently sits on Palo Alto Networks’ board of directors.