Data Privacy: A Myth or Still Achievable in our Cloud-Based World?

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  •  March 21, 2019
     2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Wisconsin Technology Association and Check Point Software Technologies Present:

Data Privacy: A Myth or Still Achievable in our Cloud-Based, Interconnected World?

The WTA’s March 21st meeting will feature two excellent guest speakers to start things off and then a panel of local experts will provide their insights into real world challenges and solutions.

As organizations are moving towards using cloud technologies, the landscape for data security is evolving at a rapid pace. Since cloud technologies provide the ability to access data from anywhere, on any device, it creates unique challenges in maintaining data privacy. We will be taking a deep dive into different methods to secure your data, while still enabling the use of cloud technologies. We will provide real world scenarios on data breaches, with lessons learned, as well as provide examples on how modern companies are approaching Cloud Security.

Presentation by Brent Blawat from Capital Data

Brent J.W. Blawat is an entrepreneur, strategic technical advisor, author, and Sr. Cloud and Data architect, who has a passion for the procurement of technology in profit-based organizations. He is business-centric and technology-minded. Brenton has many years of experience in bridging the gap between technical staff and decision-makers in over 150+ organizations. He takes pride in his ability to effectively communicate with a diverse audience and provide strategic direction for large and small organizations alike. In 2013, Brenton authored his first book, PowerShell 3.0 WMI Starter. In March 2015, he authored his second book Mastering Windows PowerShell Scripting, and in 2017, Enterprise PowerShell Scripting Bootcamp. Brenton currently works at Capital Data as an Sr. Cloud and Data Architect providing organizations direction on cloud automation, and workload optimization. Brent always extends himself to the PowerShell and cloud communities through Twitter at @brentblawat.

In this session titled “My CEO Told Me… “ we will consider the realities of cloud computing that IT professionals are confronted with every day.

  • You don’t own any of it but, it is your responsibility to control and secure everything in it
  • You don’t own any of it, but you critically depend on what’s in it
  • You don’t maintain any of it, but you trust all of it is properly maintained at all times
  • You can’t touch any of it, but it’s up to you to completely orchestrate, control and secure what’s in it
  • You can’t physically walk in anywhere but you (and anyone else on the planet with the right access) can virtually access from everywhere

Even seasoned and experienced network / security directors may not fully appreciate the significant differences and challenges his/her staff will experience in trying to fulfill their job duties when their datacenter is in the public cloud. We will discuss why today’s IT organizations require mature and complete native tools – built in the cloud for the cloud.

We will discuss the subtle yet profound differences in operating your datacenter in the public cloud vs operating your own datacenter. We will discuss the ’Shared Responsibility Model’ and what it really means to you and your IT department as you expand the number of workloads you move to the public cloud. And, as your sophistication increases, and you expand your use of PaaS and IaaS, the complexities follow in tandem. We will show how today’s IT organizations require new, purpose-built tools designed and capable of ’speaking the same language’ as the public cloud infrastructures and built to leverage the extensive API’s they provide.

Presentation by Grant Asplund of Check Point Software Technologies

Through the acquisition of Dome9 Security, Grant Asplund has returned to Evangelize for Check Point Software Technologies. Grant was the first Check Point Evangelist in 1998. Grant has more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and management in enterprise software with the last 20 years focused within security. Grant was Principal Evangelist for Dome9 when Check Point made the acquisition. Grant has held worldwide evangelist roles at Check Point Software Technologies and more recently Blue Coat Systems, Inc. where he was Director of Evangelism. Grant has also held the
Head of Market Development and Sales for Altor Networks, and was Vice President, Enterprise Sales for NeuStar. Additionally, he was President and CEO of MetaInfo before successfully selling the company to NeuStar. Grant brings his unique story-telling style mixed with high energy and passion, representing
Dome9 at public events and conferences worldwide. Grant has also been a featured speaker and panelist at numerous industry trade shows, conferences and several radio blogs which include RSAC, Next100 CIO’s and BlogTalkRadio.


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