Shivering With Microsegmen……..tation

One of the things that struck Tricia Howard about Security Field Day was the preponderance of companies with solutions using microsegmentation. This isn’t a new solution in networking, but it is pretty new for security. The emphasis with these approaches was isolation as quickly as possible, quarantining endpoints to prevent further spread. These concepts were wrapped with an emphasis on speed and ease of deployment, otherwise they don’t get used. For Tricia, the next step is to get these solutions into your deployments to test them out.

Security for You, but Organized.

In this piece, Shaun Bender wrote about what Palo Alto Networks presented at Security Field Day earlier this year. This was on Shaun’s first Field Day experience. We love having new voices around the table, and we can’t wait to hear more from Shaun going forward.

Patch! Patch! Patch!

Jasper Bongertz enjoyed the messaging around VMware’s presentation at Security Field Day. They reminded everyone about the importance of patching, something in an age of continuing exploits certainly resonates. They went over some of their hardening guidelines, what they’ve done with CPU schedulers to reduce the threat of speculative attacks, and more.

Next Gen Firewalls With a Side of Cloud Services

Prior to seeing Palo Alto Networks present at Security Field Day, Michael Davis saw them at their Ignite Conference. He was curious what the company would add to their presentation to make it stand out with that event so recently in the rear view. They showed off their Panorama next-generation firewall management solution. But the real meat of the presentation was on Prisma Public Cloud, the result of their recent Redlock acquisition. There were also demos of Cortex XDR and Demisto, designed to help combat alert fatigue. It was a lot of information to take in, but had a lot of interesting security implications.

Security Wasn’t Always My Day Job

Nathaniel Avery finds himself in a familiar position to a lot of people in IT. Originally his role as a Solutions Architect didn’t have to have security strictly in mind, rather focused on compliance and best practices. But the role has evolved where it is now of primary importance. At Security Field Day, these themes were reiterated, with looks at the latest in microsegmentation and zero-trust security approaches.

My Tech Field Day Experience

Evan Mintzer attended his first Field Day event as a delegate for Security Field Day. He really appreciated the unique “un-conference” quality of the event, which allowed for real communication and community building between the delegates and the presenting companies. He was really impressed not just with the technical content, but with the organization and thought that went into organizing it. It was great to have Evan there and we can’t wait to have him back.

Vexata Execs Depart for Greener Shores

This piece covers management shakeups at the high performance storage startup Vexata. Former CMO Ashish Gupta left the company and took up a role at the security company Banyan, a presenter at Security Field Day last month. In fact, during their presentation, he revealed he had been at the company for just three days. Be sure to check out their full presentation video to see what Ashish is taking on in this new venture.

My Defining Moments

Jim Palmer got to hear a great Ignite Talk while at Security Field Day earlier this year. The focus was on Your Personal Brand. For Jim, this prompted a reflection about how he got to where he is, and what his purpose is now. It’s an amazing journey that includes some very scary moments, his time in the military, saving a relationship, and more. We really appreciate Jim sharing this really thoughtful post.

Meet Field Day Delegate – Shaun Bender

Shaun Bender attended Security Field Day, his first time getting the full Field Day experience as a delegate. Drinking from the IT knowledge fire hose can be intense, we can’t wait to hear what he thought of the experience. Be sure to catch all the posted video of the Security Field Day presentations to get up to speed with Shaun.

Meet Field Day Delegate – Michael Davis

We always enjoy having new faces, voices, and perspectives around the delegate tablet for Field Day events. That’s why we’re thrilled to have Michael Davis attending Security Field Day. He’s been working in educational IT for two decades, so we can’t wait to hear his thoughts on the presentation. Be sure to check out this full interview to learn more about Michael.

CiscoLive and Security Field Day

Evan Mintzer is having a busy couple of weeks. While he didn’t attend Cisco Live US 2019 this year, he was named as the best remote attendee for the second consecutive year. This week, he’s physically headed out to Silicon Valley to attend Security Field Day. We’re excited to hear what he thinks of the presentations. Be sure to follow #XF2 on Twitter to stay up on all the social posts from the event.

Security Field Day 2

Michael Davis has long been a fan of Field Day events, and now he gets to join the delegate community. He’ll be at Security Field Day this week and he’s excited to hear from the presenters, and to meet the other delegates. Be sure to check out our live stream of the event to watch along with Michael, or catch the full edited video posted soon after.

The Good, the Bad, and the Questionable: Acquisition Activities

There have been a number of notable acquisitions in IT recently, and Tom Hollingsworth breaks them down into the good, the bad, and the…questionable in this post. One of our upcoming presenters for Security Field Day, Palo Alto Networks, made what Tom thinks is a good move in acquiring Twistlock. This should provide them the talent and IP to offer container visibility solutions, which is needed to stay relevant in infrastructure security.

Meet Field Day Delegate – Evan Mintzer

Evan Mintzer is coming to Security Field Day, so check out this interview and get to know his background a bit! From learning BASIC on a Commodore PET to working as an Information Security Manager, Evan is a great addition to the Security Field Day delegate panel. We can’t wait to hear what he thinks of the event.

Meet Field Day Delegate – Stephanie Ihezukwu

Stephanie Ihezukwu is one of the new delegates heading out to Security Field Day later this month. Be sure to check out this interview to get to know her a little better before the event. She talked about where she sees security going in the next few years, how she manages work/life balance, what she would do if she wasn’t in IT, and so much more. It was a great interview and we can’t wait to meet her at the event!