Next Steps of Digital Transformation: How MSPs are Meeting the Challenge to Secure Distributed Assets
Date / Time: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Today’s network and application threat landscape is a complex, multifaceted - and often intimidating - environment. Threat actors continue to evolve their tools, tactics and procedures to evade detection and cause harm to hosted applications and network availability. As the threat landscape evolves, attacks are growing in complexity and persistency, and zero-day attacks are exploiting those newly discovered vulnerabilities. These concerns take on a whole new dimension as applications migrate to the cloud, the traditional enterprise IT perimeter dissolves, and organizations face a distributed data center that spans cloud providers and the organization’s private network.
Moving to the public cloud opens new threat surfaces, which cloud-hosted applications must defend against. These new threat surfaces impact both the application surface (i.e., the external face of the application which faces end-users), as well as the cloud application infrastructure (i.e., the backed public cloud infrastructure powering the application). Recent ransomware attacks highlight the need to secure against denial of service and application attacks.
To understand where the gaps exist in public cloud network security, organizations need visibility across all the different platforms from one holistic solution that enables management of the security posture by utilizing one common security protection solution. The goal is to be able to:
Prevent attacks by reducing the size of the attack surface
Detect and identify evolving threats
Respond with accurate and effective mitigation
Jim Hodges, Research Director – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bioRicky Mehta, Sr. Manager GTM Programs, Radware | bio
Jim leads Heavy Reading's research on the service assurance and security impact of the virtualized cloud on the control plane and application layers, both in the fixed and mobile core and at the enterprise edge. Jim focuses on the security impacts that cloud-based technologies such as 5G introduce from a cyber-threat detection perspective, as well as billing and service assurance transformation implications. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.
Ricky leads the go-to-market efforts with alliance partnerships and is responsible for defining and driving programs within the Radware’s partner ecosystem with channel, cloud service, cloud solution and managed service providers. Ricky’s focus is to create best practices across four motions: Build With, GTM, Co-Sell and Service Management to enable adoption of Radware’s suite of security products within the partner ecosystem. Ricky has an extensive background in service delivery, service enablement and go to market execution for IT services with long tenures at IBM, Verizon, Terremark and many other cloud/hosting solution providers.
Jack Burton is a principal of Broadband Success Partners, a consultancy dedicated to addressing the go-to-market, sales enablement and technology needs of service providers and vendors in commercial and residential cable and fiber. Prior to co-founding the group, he was Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Altice USA and Cablevision Systems. His telecom career spans more than 35 years and includes service as Chairman of the CableLabs Packet Cable Certification Board and prior roles at Lightpath, MTV Networks, Tribune/United and Warner/Amex.
Proven technical leader with 30+ years of expertise in driving innovation and new product launches with advanced network technologies which enable new services that establish revenue generation and produce cost reductions. Focused on maximizing value of technology, utilizing SDN automation including virtualized network platforms and cloud native ecosystems for service providers. Leverage emerging technologies to improve service performance and the customer experience. Able to attract and retain industry leading engineers, leading to successful new product launches, many of which were first in the telecommunications industry.
Robert leads the Cox access engineering team that manages the technical deployments for Cox FTTH builds for both residential and commercial customers. Robert previously led the Cox commercial services engineering that built a national Cox Business services backbone and metro access network. He started his career at BellSouth and later AT&T. He was part of the product management team that launched DSL services as well as the initial fiber-to-the-cell site builds. He is a former board member and treasurer of the Metro Ethernet Forum.
Tom Williams is Chief Technology Officer with Schurz Broadband Group. Tom began his career in the cable industry as an R&D engineer at Scientific-Atlanta developing and deploying the first digital set-top boxes. He moved into consulting with KPMG and later joined Comcast as the Regional Director of Engineering where he was first to deploy new technologies for the company including the VOD, HD-DVR, CHSI, HDTV and more. In 2006 Tom joined ARRIS as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, where he won 2 AMY awards and implemented a company-wide brand transformation and management strategy. Tom returned to consulting, as a Managing Partner with Brightset Consulting specializing in global marketing and communications strategies for technology companies. He joined the Schurz Communications leadership team in 2016 where he drives technology strategy for the company.
Tom is a long-standing member of SCTE, CTAM, NCTC and WICT. He enjoys mentoring young people interested in technology and advanced video related careers. He has served as a Board member on the Baltimore County Technology Council and the Technology Board for the University of Maryland driving technology solutions to serve students and faculty of the college. Tom was inducted into the prestigious Cable TV Pioneers in 2019.
An active participant in his hometown of Atlanta, he enjoys coaching youth sports teams, serving on community technology boards and supporting local and military-owned business growth. Tom is a member of the American Legion and a United States Marine Corps veteran. He is a member of the Marine Corps Memorial Association that educates and connects others on the history of the Corps and the sacrifices of those who serve.
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