Jimmy Ray Purser

Former Co-Host of TechWiseTV

No Longer at Cisco

When not in front of the camera for Cisco TechWiseTV or behind a studio microphone for the Cisco TechWise Podcast Network you can typically find Jimmy Ray writing-reversing code while watching Star Trek re-runs in the background and thinking about fishing and beef jerky. He has a real passion for all things networking and absolutely loves working in IT. As a storyteller, Jimmy Ray loves speaking to anyone that will listen and he also conducts advanced training for engineers across North America and Europe and regularly speaks at industry conferences such as VON, CeBIT, NetWorld+Interop, Networkers, RSA, VoiceCon, Comdex, HP World and numerous regional events. His topic of choice is network foundation and security penetration testing.

As a field engineer, Jimmy Ray experiences networking first hand behind the console or in the rack. He has been an active participant of the information technology (IT) community for more than 19 years, with particular emphasis on local area network (LAN) wide area network (WAN) infrastructure hacking and keeping the "bad dudes" out of your network by understanding and teaching you the dynamically changing dark arts of the hacking communities around the world. He is an active member in the IEEE and the Ethernet Alliance. Jimmy Ray has designed, installed and tested numerous networks for Fortune 500 companies, the United States military, Internet-based businesses, universities and other education institutions around the world. He activity participates in the following social networking platforms:

Twitter: jimmyray_purser

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208679399

Network World Blogger: http://www.networkworld.com/community/purser

Cisco Learning Network Blogger: https://cisco.hosted.jivesoftware.com/blogs/network-sheriff

Cisco Podcast Channel: http://cisco-podcast.streamguys.net/cdc/netsol/smb/interaction_network/twtv/

and numerous WebEx Technical Workshops for engineers

Before joining Cisco, Purser served as Master Level Engineer at HP where he helped design and prototype products, write and debug code and work with customers on numerous network architectural designs.

Purser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds 3 U.S. Patents on for Ethernet security algorithms with two others pending and one defensive publication, as well as numerous other vendor certifications in networking and security.


October 31, 2013


The Dark Side of Technology

2 min read

Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions.  This is the third and final blog in our series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser. You can read the first blog by Carlos addressing connectivity and the less tech-fortunate here and the second blog by Jimmy Ray on the future of the CCIE here. I recently had […]

October 23, 2013


Are Vendor Neutral Trade Shows Dead?

3 min read

TechWiseTV just got back from Interop in NYC. It was a really small show. Kinda the size of a regional show to be honest. As a walked the floor, I wondered; “Are true mixed vendors trade shows over?” Compare Interop NYC to the very next week’s event VMWorld Barcelona and wholly smokes! That is a […]

October 18, 2013


How An Engineer Looks At Weight Loss

16 min read

There are two ways to write this blog. One is all positive, happy and humorous. The other is to be real. I’ve wrote both versions. I like the happy one better. I had some funny, “You know you’re fat when…” Foxworthy-isc quips…oh you silly hillbillies with your cornbread!  but, to my surprise, weight loss is […]

October 14, 2013


Built Cisco-Tough CCIE is 20 years strong

2 min read

Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions.  This is the second in a blog series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser.  Check out the first blog by Carlos here.  I recently had an opportunity to sit down with our Cisco Champions to discuss a range of topics about technology.  Here’s a question that was top […]

October 9, 2013


Cracking Your Passwords With My Video Card.

4 min read

There a few milestones in my life that I can look back on and know that I have turned a corner. For example; – When I could no longer recognize the names in the Police Blotter section of the paper; I knew I was older. Although I still see familiar faces on COPS. It’s always […]

October 4, 2013


Hack, Whack, Chop that…firmware…

4 min read

I had a customer at Interop NYC yesterday ask me if I still hack stuff? Still?!?! Of course!! It’s something that’s just in your blood daddy-o! I just like to hack stuff. It doesn’t matter really what it is, I just enjoy the challenge of figuring out how stuff works and how to bypass certain […]

September 18, 2013


The Making of TechWiseTV Episode 133; Call Center Software…Experence Matters…

4 min read

It’s certainly true that voice isn’t my favorite technology. Not that is bad or that I dislike it…it just doesn’t hold my interest like routing and switching or data center or even wireless. Man I just fall all over myself on that stuff!! When we are asked to do a TechWiseTV episode, the first thing […]

September 11, 2013


My Top Three Fav Cisco Features!!

4 min read

We all have things we love and hate about our job. Sometimes it’s silly process stuff like TPS reports…but many times the good far out weight the bad. Just like picking out who to go out fishing with. Folks are gonna get on your nervous and make you want to hit them with the boat […]

August 28, 2013


The Soundtrack of Technology

4 min read

I’ve mentioned before that I grow up around a very musical family. I remember on Sunday’s sitting around on the porch with the whole family playing music. Heck anytime I go back home to Tennessee, we go and play music until early in the morning. Now I was never much of a musician at all. […]

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