Kristina Maria Manalo has more than 12 years of experience writing for scientific, business, and information technology audiences. Having supported IT projects as technical writer, systems engineer, project manager, and strategy consultant, Kristina brings both breadth and depth to her work. Drawing from her experience with multinational organizations spanning the academic, pharmaceutical, finance, retail, and telecommunications industries, Kristina's work is both immediate and relevant. Her career in information and communications technology extends from North America to Europe, the Nordic region, North Africa, and Asia Pacific; it embraces both established and emerging terrestrial and wireless network technologies. She has earned certifications as MCSA, CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, Cisco Firewall Specialist, and Cisco IDS Specialist and is currently pursuing her CCSP. In addition to studying literature at Warwick University in Coventry, England, she holds a bachelor's of science degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When she's not busy installing and configuring satellite wide-area networks, Kristina enjoys both technical and nontechnical writing, playing the piano, running, and exploring London and the English countryside.