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Rakesh Bharania

Rakesh Bharania

Network Consulting Engineer (Tactical Operations)

Cisco Systems

San Jose, CA

I love using technology to solve real human problems. Whether in the fields of cybersecurity and information security architecture, satellite networks, or the use of technology in disaster and humanitarian response, my work focuses on the intersection of people and technology. I am incredibly passionate about evangelizing th...





Cisco Systems

Network Consulting Engineer (Tactical Operations)

Team Lead for Cisco Tactical Operations'‚Äč West Coast-based team. Network engineering in austere, time-sensitive crisis situations. Thought leader on cybersecurity for humanitarians and first responders, including Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) and Nation-State threats in crisis response.

Provided engineering architecture and support for the Cisco Network Emergency Response Vehicle (NERV) and other mobile communications kits, provided training on vehicle systems, disaster response to Cisco's internal disaster response team. Briefed numerous customers (local, state, federal, DoD, etc.) on NERV capabilities. Used extensive satellite communications - VSAT, Ku, Ka, C band, GATR terminals

Evangelize concepts such as Hastily Formed Networks, cybersecurity and emergency response, and the use of social media in humanitarian and disaster relief. (#smem - @densaer on Twitter)

Architected and/or deployed networks for disaster response during Cedar Rapids Iowa flooding, June 2008 and Hurricane Ike, September 2008, Port-Au-Prince Haiti earthquake January - April 2010, San Bruno CA gas pipeline explosion, Sep. 2010, Japan quake/tsunami March 2011, Waldo Canyon Fire, Jul 2012, Hurricane Sandy, Nov 2012, Super Typhoon Haiyan, Dec 2013, Ebola virus crisis 2014-2015, and additional similar responses with first responders, military, NGO, etc. customers.

Acts as a Cisco representative to several industry and international forums on disaster relief and resiliency including:

* FEMA TechCorps
* United Nations Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET)
* International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Working Group on Emerging Technologies.
* Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Technology Advisor Network

Regularly presents on behalf of Cisco at industry forums, conferences, etc. Audiences included technical, C-level executives, political leaders and public policy makers

Team lead for Cisco's internal Medical Emergency Response Team since 2002

Our team's use of networks in disasters and emergencies around the world is a core part of Cisco's #NeverBetter campaign. Go check out the team and our tech.

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Global VSAT Forum (GVF)

Chairman, Cyber Security Task Force

Chair of the GVF Cyber Security Task Force, a cross functional group of GVF subject matter experts on security. Primary editor/author of the GVF Product Security Baseline(PSB), a specification that addresses secure development, vulnerability reporting and disclosure for VSAT (FSS/MSS) vendors along best practices such as ISO 29147 and ISO 30111. Primary editor/author for the GVF Service Provider Security Specification (SSPS), which provides best practice guidance for the satellite network operators. Championed common best practices in Internet security within the VSAT community. Worked with satellite equipment and software vendors to facilitate implementation, satellite network operators to enhance service provider security.

Evangelized cybersecurity at industry conferences and to government organizations.

Black Rock City

EMS Supervisor / Emergency Medical Technician

Medical station and Field EMS supervisor. Provided emergency medical and firefighting support as part of the Black Rock City Emergency Services Department (ESD) to a community of 50,000 participants during the annual Burning Man festival. Responded to both emergency and non emergency patient needs, RIT, and other various emergency duties within a formal Incident Command System structure. Acted as a medical Station lead, mentored new volunteers. Worked with other medical, firefighting and Black Rock Ranger volunteers, as well as outside EMS and law enforcement.

American Red Cross

Disaster Services Volunteer

Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer
As part of American Red Cross disaster relief, managed volunteers, crewed Emergency Communications Response Vehicles (ECRVs), crewed disaster evacuation shelters, installed and managed networking and computer equipment, and other disaster relief efforts for major disasters, including Malibu-Calibasas, CA Firestorm (1993), Northridge, CA earthquake (1994), Santa Clara County CA floods (1997), September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, Oklahoma City Tornadoes (2003), Hurricane Katrina (2005) and San Diego CA fires (2007). Additionally participated in numerous local disasters, such as single dwelling house fires and local Hazardous Materials incidents.

Within Red Cross Disaster Services Technology, I was often tasked to perform field troubleshooting of difficult networking or satellite communications issues that had gone through several levels of troubleshooting without resolution.

These various roles involved interacting with disaster victims, emergency responders with local, State and Federal agencies (e.g. FEMA/DHS), members of other disaster relief organizations, members of the television and newspaper press as well as the general public in rapidly changing
disaster and emergency environments.