Mason Harris, CCIE No. 5916, is a technical solutions architect for Cisco focusing on data center security architectures with Cisco's 20 largest customers. Mason has more than 22 years in information technology and is one the few individuals in the world who has attained five CCIE certifications. A Cisco veteran of more than 15 years, he also holds the SANS GPEN and VCP certifications. When not thinking about security topics, Mason can be found backpacking on long trails or at home with his family. A lifelong UNC Tarheels fan, he holds an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master's degree from NC State University with a minor in Arabic.