Edward Lopez is the Founder of Curveball Networks, LLC, which consults with network security vendors and large organizations on developing large-scale network security solutions for cloud and datacenter deployments.  Curveball Networks is focused on the concept of enforcing network security using open-networking and open-compute, combined with DevOps automation and orchestration, to create scalable network security enforcement over older middlebox segmentation and device-centric methodologies.

Ed has over 20 years of experience in network security solutions, with Cisco, NetScreen, Juniper, Consentry Networks, and Fortinet.  He has architected large-scale network security solutions for major carriers and MSSPs globally.  As a former VP of Carrier Solutions for Fortinet, he holds one patent on superscaling firewalls using clustering, and five patent applications on combining SDN and network security.  As an active member of the IETF, Ed had authored/co-authored multiple Internet Drafts on security, and is active within several working groups.

Ed holds a B.S. in Sociology from Excelsior College, and an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University.  He has previously served in the US Navy for eight years, as a member of the US Naval Nuclear Power Program