Talk One Abstract:
Virtualization, and by extension Cloud Computing, have created amazing benefits for IT in the forms of increased agility and efficiency with a decrease in spending on physical infrastructure, power, & cooling. With these great operational benefits also comes a new concentration of risk by the addition of the Hypervisor and all of the corresponding tools for management and automation. During this discussion we will examine the typical IT journey towards Cloud Computing and map back how the existing security & compliance controls available in the industry today may or may not provide adequate compensating controls for that risk. Finally we will discuss the gaps in those control sets and how an IT organization can work to augment their existing controls to fill in the gaps and once again provide a secure and compliant IT infrastructure.
Talk One Speaker Bio:
Rob Babb is a Principal Systems Engineer with HyTrust, a Cloud security & compliance company. Rob has lived in Atlanta since 1999 and has a BS in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. Rob started his career at CipherTrust, an email security company, and then moved to Internet Security Systems (ISS). At ISS, he rose through the ranks from Technical Support, to QA & Engineering, and then finally to Sales Engineering. His experience at ISS held a central theme of using virtualization in each of those roles. That experience led him to VMware in 2008. During his 6 year tenure at VMware he held positions in the pre-sales engineering team serving customers in the southeast and most of the eastern US. Much of that tenure was focused as a Security Specialist for the VMware field sales teams and large enterprise customers and the intent was to provide expertise on securing the entire Cloud stack.
As a Security Specialist in virtualization and cloud technology, Rob’s core role is to help companies understand the changing dynamic of the threat model to their IT infrastructure systems.