Kent Watsen

Industry Expert with 20 years of Commercial Developement Experience.
  • 15 years at Juniper Networks (Principal/Distinguished Engineer).
  • 10 years with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
  • 2 years at NetScreen Technologies (Juniper acquired NetScreen).
  • 2 years at OneSecure (NetScreen acquired OneSecure).
Hands-on Architect on 4 Successful Commercial NMS/EMS Products.
  • OneSecure's Intrusion, Detection, and Prevention (IDP) Manager
  • NetScreen's Network and Security Manager (NSM)
  • Juniper's JUNOS Space
  • Juniper's Cloud Service Orchestration (CSO) Platform
Specialties and Skills
  • Network Management, Network Security
  • Secure Zero Touch Provisioning, Cryptography
  • YANG, NETCONF, RESTCONF, SSH, TLS, HTTP, Syslog
  • X.509, CMS, ASN.1, XSD, XML, JSON, Markdown
  • Python, C/C++, UNIX Shell Scripting
  • Bottle, Flask, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Ansible, Pip, Git, Subversion, Pytest, Docker
  • Computer Graphics (both 2D and 3D)
Author of Many IETF RFC (Internet Standard) Specifications.
  • RFC ????: Conveying a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in a Secure Zero Touch Provisioning (SZTP) Bootstrapping Request (not yet adopted, link)
  • RFC ????: An HTTPS-based Transport for Configured Subscriptions (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: RESTCONF Client and Server Models (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: NETCONF Client and Server Models (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: YANG Groupings for HTTP Clients and HTTP Servers (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: YANG Groupings for TLS Clients and TLS Servers (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: YANG Groupings for SSH Clients and SSH Servers (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: YANG Groupings for TCP Clients and TCP Servers (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: YANG Data Model for a Keystore (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: YANG Data Model for a Truststore (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC ????: YANG Data Types and Groupinps for Cryptography (work-in-progress, link)
  • RFC 8792: Handling Long Lines in Artwork in Internet-Drafts and RFCs (link)
  • RFC 8791: YANG Data Structure Extensions (link)
  • RFC 8572: Secure Zero Touch Provisioning (SZTP) (link)
  • RFC 8527: RESTCONF Extensions to Support the Network Management Datastore Architecture (link)
  • RFC 8526: NETCONF Extensions to Support the Network Management Datastore Architecture (link)
  • RFC 8525: YANG Library (link)
  • RFC 8366: A Voucher Artifact for Bootstrapping Protocols (link)
  • RFC 8342: Network Management Datastore Architecture (NMDA) (link)
  • RFC 8071: NETCONF Call Home and RESTCONF Call Home (link)
  • RFC 8072: YANG Patch Media Type (link)
  • RFC 8040: RESTCONF Protocol (link)
  • RFC 7895: YANG Module Library (link)
Awarded Numerous Software Patents.
  • US 16/234,379: Secure Remote Bootstrapping of Network Device
  • US 10,027,535: Systems and Methods for Managing Device Configurations at Various Levels of Abstraction (link)
  • US 9,600,302: Using Public Key Infrastructure for Automatic Device Configuration (link)
  • US 9,253,034: An Approach to Rapidly Deploy and Manage Large Number of Devices with Similar Network Configuration (link)
  • US 8,954,732: Authenticating Third-Party Programs for Platforms (link)
  • US 8,798,071: Selective Routing to Geographically Distributed Network Centers for Purposes of Power Control and Environmental Impact (link)
  • US 8,769,129: Server Initiated Secure Network Connection (link)
  • US 8,429,403: Systems and Methods for Provisioning Network Devices (link)
  • US 8,259,586: Routing Network Packets based on Electrical Power Procurement Arrangements (link)
  • US 8,156,213; Merging Network Device Configuration Schemas (link)
  • US 8,078,707: Hierarchical Domains (link)
  • US 8,060,592: Selectively Updating Network Devices by a Network Management Application (link)
Currently Active Engagements
  • Co-chair of the IETF NETCONF Working Group (link)
  • Co-chair of the IETF NETMOD Working Group (link)
  • Contributor in both the NETCONF and NETMOD working groups.