I moderated a panel at GigaOm StructureConf in London with the title “Mission Not So Impossible: A Truly Secure Cloud”. For this discussion I take the position that IT Security remains a rabble of unruly teenagers who organise so-called “security conferences” that focus on picking padlocks, debating whose beard or ponytail is better or which martial art/fitness program is better. Lets face it, IT Security lacks serious credibility. The sheer risk that IT Security presents to companies remains uninsurable, unpredictable and, apparently, unpreventable. We have seen repeated breaches, thefts, and high profile exposures. All this while our security vendors and leaders make ever bigger claims about security being “a process” and evolving to meet “next generation” threats that look suspiciously like old ones but with scarier names like “Advanced Persistent Threats” instead of just “Threat”.
The answer, according to one speaker at Structure:Europe, is no, not really. But, then again, no one really cares. “If you look at breaches at major companies like Google, LinkedIn and Sony — no real harm resulted,” said GigaOM PRO analyst Greg Ferro. “Every time Sony gets breached its share price goes up. RSA a few years ago got owned by some offshore hackers and now customers see RSA as a better provider because they got hacked,” Ferro noted.
The session was recorded and you can play the video from the GigaOm website and appreciate the reaction of the assembled guests.Thanks to my panelists for participating
Joe Baguley – CTO, EMEA, VMware
Gavan Egan – VP Sales, Verizon Terremark Europe
Adrienne Hall – GM, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft
Hila Meller – Head of Security Strategy EMEA, CA Technologies
Mission Not So Impossible: A Truly Secure Cloud – GigaOm.com
Also a quick shout out to the team from GreenQloud who notable to have a laugh and be good company. If anyone ever promises to teach you to speak Icelandic in two minutes I recommend that you say run away. Whatever was in that shot glass was truly horrible.
Just prior to the Network Field Day event I was also moderating a panel on the topic of Public or Private Software defined Data Centers. This panel was part of the Software Dee
Discuss how and when to build a private SDDC or rent public SDDC capabilities and understand the political and organization impact of each decision. Moderated by Greg Ferro with panelists Andy Brown, Ron Sackman, Brent Salisbury, Scott Sneddon (Nuage Networks), and Anjan Srinivas (Nutanix).
Recorded at the SDNCentral/Gestalt IT SDDC Symposium on September 10, 2013.
You can watch the panel here – this was a really interesting discussion with people who really knew about delivering cloud solutions. Recommended even though I’m in the session.