Richard Hicks (MCP, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP:EA, MCSA, MVP) is a network and information security expert specializing in Microsoft technologies. As a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter/Enterprise Security MVP, he has traveled around the world speaking to network engineers, security administrators, and IT professionals about Microsoft networking and security. Richard has nearly 20 years of experience working in large scale corporate computing environments and has designed and deployed perimeter defense and secure remote access solutions for some of the largest companies in the world. Richard is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Richard M. Hicks Consulting, and focuses on helping organizations large and small implement DirectAccess, VPN, and cloud networking solutions on Microsoft platforms. Richard is a contributing author for TechGenix (WindowSecurity.com, WindowsNetworking.com, CloudComputingAdmin.com) and the Petri IT Knowledgebase. He has also produced video training courses for Pluralsight. Richard is an avid fan of Major League Baseball and in particular the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim!). He also enjoys fish tacos, craft beer, and single malt Scotch whisky. He lives and works in beautiful, sunny, Southern California. Keep up to date on all things DirectAccess by visiting his web site at directaccess.richardhicks.com.