About PhoneBoy

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Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy, widely known as “PhoneBoy”, is a Security Architect for Check Point Software Technologies where he reviews customer security architecture, deployment, design, and related processes to identify security gaps and define strategies for improving security posture and lower operational costs.

A recognized industry security veteran, with 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. A well-known author in the blog sphere, he is a trusted security authority.

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 Information Security topics. For the subjects of VoIP, Telecom, Gadgets and Technology, check out The PhoneBoy Blog. 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!

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