Securing the Multicloud for Finance

January 26, 2023
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Virtual Event

As most financial services firms begin embracing the multicloud, challenges remain in the areas of security, risk management, governance, orchestration, operations, and reducing TCO (total cost of ownership).

Session Details

This virtual seminar & panel discussion will feature a series of thought leadership presentations and a panel discussion that focus on the challenges of enabling secure multicloud operations in the financial world, as well as best practices and solutions.

Presentation Topics Covered
  • Agility: the superpower of cloud services
  • Where quantum meets cloud security
  • Business continuity and the transition to clouds
  • Icloud security and performance
  • API management and security in the cloud
  • Zero Trust and cloud governance
  • Consistent security across AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Identity management and the cloud
  • Challenges created by multicloud, including:
    • Privacy
    • Security
    • Data integrity
    • Resilience
    • Streamlined operations
Panel Abstract

With a lot of talk of cloud computing sticker shock, nostalgic muttering about repatriation of workloads to data centers, and wincing over the operational challenges of multicloud environments, it makes sense to remind IT teams of what the biggest driver of cloud adoption was: agility. Cost savings don’t happen automatically in most cloud migrations, and folks who migrated aggressively with only some vague notion of achieving savings were generally disappointed. But those looking for an IT engine to power rapid evolution were not. From DevOps to AI to digital transformation, cloud has been a significant accelerator for enterprise IT.

Of course, for all the agility and flexibility that comes with adopting cloud infrastructures and applications, there are significant challenges to face in protecting the organization. “Three clicks from disaster” is a real problem. As more and more people in the organization can make those clicks, and as the organization empowers developers and admins to do things faster, it is a problem that needs to be addressed proactively, robustly, and consistently across clouds. One crucial facet of enabling consistent security across clouds, and one of the biggest security and risk management challenges facing a modern enterprise in the age of zero trust, is unifying identity management across scattered, disjoint, but cross-communicating cloud environments.

Join us as we discuss the dangerous opportunities inherent in the ongoing rise of cloud in financial services, the interplay between cloud’s not-so-secret superpower – agility – and the need to reduce and mitigate risk by implementing robust security across clouds and transitioning to a zero-trust world even as the enterprise extends itself across ever more clouds.

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Agenda

10:00am – 10:05am

WSTA Introductions

Eileen Kane | Managing Director, Wealth Management Technology, Morgan Stanley & WSTA Director

Eileen Kane is a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management Technology division, where she currently leads the RIA and Contact Center Technology platform development.

She joined Morgan Stanley through the 2020 acquisition of E*TRADE, where she ran the Institutional Technology division, having previously led the Quality Engineering and Project Management functions at E*TRADE. Eileen has spent over 20 years overseeing technology engineering teams in the Financial Services sector and believes a deep partnership with business stakeholders is the essential element in ensuring Technology delivery runs in lockstep with business development.

Eileen is passionate about developing talented, engaged technology teams that are fully invested in the company mission, and is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace, and empowering individuals to grow and succeed within the field.

Eileen holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from University College Dublin, Ireland.

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

Industry Perspectives: Avoiding Death by Swivel Chair

John Burke | CTO, Nemertes

John Burke is CTO with Nemertes Research. He conducts and analyzes primary research in, and advises key enterprise and vendor clients on, hybrid cloud, software-defined networking including SD-WAN, automation, and DevOps. As a research analyst and consultant, he draws on his 30 years of experience as a practitioner and leader in IT to better understand the needs of IT executives and the challenges facing vendors trying to sell to them. His experience has given him broad and deep knowledge in computing, communications, and IT management. Mr. Burke holds an MA in the history of science and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, both from The Johns Hopkins University. His interests include baking, birding, and beer.

Abstract

The modern enterprise is operating across a lot of clouds: typically at least 2 IaaS/PaaS environments and dozens of SaaS platforms. Implementation of corporate security policies and best practices in and among those environments is likely to be uneven, integrations among them are proliferating, and management and monitoring for security purposes is in most cases fragmented. Another round of management by swivel chair is playing out in cybersecurity, but with higher stakes than in the past. What steps can IT take to improve the situation? As in the past, the big wins are in consolidating visibility and in automation.

10:20am – 10:40am

Securing Success in Cloud

Aidan Walden | Global Director of Public Cloud DevOps, Architecture and Engineering, Fortinet

Aidan Walden has served as the Global Director of Public Cloud DevOps, Architecture and Engineering at Fortinet for the past 7 years helping organizations secure their cloud adoption journey. Prior to Fortinet he served in various engineering and leadership roles at a tier 1 mobility and global ISP. Throughout his 18 year career he has navigated the evolving security landscape across cloud, mobility, IoT, ERP systems, and service provider infrastructure.

Abstract

The Financial Services industry is in the midst of a wholesale cloud migration driven by the shift to digital consumption, the need to iterate services quickly, and the push to empower employees to work from anywhere. Securing greenfield cloud estates at scale is daunting.  Where should security be applied to create the greatest reduction in risk per dollar spent?  Are traditional security services cloud capable?  Are cloud-provided, first-party services good enough?  Join Fortinet to hear how address these questions toward insuring a successful cloud journey.  

10:40am – 11:00am

Three Ways to Cut your Cloud Costs with FinOps

Alina Gicqueau | Director of Product Management, Hybrid Cloud Management and FinOps, Micro Focus

Alina Gicqueau is the Director of Product Management with over 15 years of experience in hybrid cloud management, performance, and systems monitoring. In addition, she specializes in predictive analytics and machine learning for IT Operations and FinOps. She is responsible for Micro Focus Hybrid Cloud Management portfolio and FinOps solutions. Alina has a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, a Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a Linguistics degree from Magadan International University, Russia.

Abstract

Did you know that with an estimated cloud spend in 2022 of $1.3 trillion that 30% of that spend is wasted? Organizations, in an effort to move with agility, lack important controls over how much is spent on cloud resources and who’s spending it. The result—they wind up with unexpected bills and increased time to transition from on-prem data centers to the cloud. Industries must take control and develop a culture of financial responsibility. This means improving your decision making with intelligence and delivering centralized control to tame your cloud bill.

Learn how Micro Focus can help you cut the waste and control spend.

  •  Uncover uncontrolled cloud costs to help you free up innovation funding
  • Take control of costs with holistic, granular multi-cloud spend visibility
  • Keeping control of costs proactively prevents costly and non-compliant configurations

11:00am – 11:20am

The State of Secure Multi-Cloud in 2023

Drew Firment | Chief Cloud Strategist, Pluralsight

Drew works closely with business and technology leaders to accelerate cloud adoption by migrating talent to the cloud. Drew was previously Director of Cloud Engineering at Capital One where he led enterprise cloud operations within their Cloud Center of Excellence and migrated the early adopters of Amazon Web Services (AWS) into production. He founded Capital One’s cloud engineering college that drove a large-scale talent transformation, and earned a patent for measuring cloud adoption and maturity. Drew is recognized by Amazon as an AWS Community Hero for his ongoing efforts to build inclusive and sustainable learning communities.

Abstract

More than 80% of organizations are using multiple public cloud providers today. While most leaders are deploying a multi-cloud strategy, many financial sector companies are struggling with the daily challenges of governance, security, and, operations. Join Drew Firment, Chief Cloud Strategist at Pluralsight, for a discussion on the challenges of enabling a secure multi-cloud strategy and how organizations in the financial sector are overcoming the barriers to achieve a return on their investments.

11:20am – 11:40am

Building a DevOps Supply Chain on Zero-Trust Principles

Aaron Brongersma | Cloud Security Architect, Check Point

Aaron leads the Cloud Center of Excellence team at Check Point, focused on delivering the best experience for customers to solve their most critical cloud security challenges. His background in Cloud Security Architecture, DevOps and Platform Engineering gives him a unique perspective into the challenges that organizations face securing their cloud infrastructure and applications. He’s excited to share his views on how DevOps teams and processes can improve their supply chain security by Shifting-Left and incorporating Zero-Trust principals

Abstract

CIOs are prioritizing security in DevOps supply chains. Recently, significant security challenges have impacted DevOps, with major consequences to organizations—and even nations. It’s clear that criminal actors need only a single misconfiguration in the code to paralyze a company’s entire ecosystem.

To combat these risks, putting Zero-Trust principles at the core of DevOps supply chains can help ensure complete security from Code to Cloud. In this session, learn how to help your customers apply Zero-Trust tenets to DevOps, from the secure deployment of microservices to a deep shift left in production environments.

11:40am – 12:00pm

Break – Visit the Resource Rooms and Network with Attendees

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Panel Discussion

Abstract

Join us as we discuss the dangerous opportunities inherent in the ongoing rise of cloud in financial services, the interplay between cloud’s not-so-secret superpower – agility – and the need to reduce and mitigate risk by implementing robust security across clouds and transitioning to a zero-trust world even as the enterprise extends itself across ever more clouds.

(Moderator) John Burke | CTO, Nemertes

John Burke is CTO with Nemertes Research. He conducts and analyzes primary research in, and advises key enterprise and vendor clients on, hybrid cloud, software-defined networking including SD-WAN, automation, and DevOps. As a research analyst and consultant, he draws on his 30 years of experience as a practitioner and leader in IT to better understand the needs of IT executives and the challenges facing vendors trying to sell to them. His experience has given him broad and deep knowledge in computing, communications, and IT management. Mr. Burke holds an MA in the history of science and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, both from The Johns Hopkins University. His interests include baking, birding, and beer.

Thomas Doughty | VP - CISO, Prudential Financial

Prior to joining Prudential, Thomas Doughty served as a Military Intelligence Officer specializing in Electronic and Information Warfare and emerging intelligence processing technology platforms. Tom joined Pru in 1998 as an Information Systems Auditor, and from 2000 until 2005 assumed responsibility as Business Information Security Officer for Prudential Securities, Incorporated (PSI) in New York. His efforts during this period included technical risk management and transition related to Wachovia’s joint venture with PSI. Tom currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Prudential. Tom is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA in Finance and Information Technology from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is currently a member of the BITS security steering committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Technology Association.

Raghu Parthasarathy | Vice President and Head of Cloud Services, S&P Global

Passionate Technologist & in a career spanning 20+ years in the IT infrastructure space, have practiced 3 generations of Infrastructure technologies, namely Mainframes, Open Systems and Cloud. Transformation has been Raghu’s biggest strength in moving legacy systems to modern architecture. In his current role as head of cloud services, Raghu is responsible for driving the cloud first strategy, platform modernization & enabling developer productivity for product developments. Raghu believes he is a student for life and continuous learning is the rhythm that keeps him going. Raghu is happily married with 2 kids, who keep him very busy and happy outside work.

Dan Petrillo | Director of Product Marketing, Zero Trust Portfolio, Akamai

Dan Petrillo is the Director of Product Marketing for Akamai’s Zero Trust portfolio. Dan’s years of experience in cybersecurity strategy began when he was the Product Manager for an Industrial IoT company in charge of ensuring the security of smart lighting and building automation systems. He then spent time leading Product Marketing for Cybereason and then Morphisec before joining Guardicore. Dan attended Northeastern University for his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in cinema studies.

 

Aidan Walden | Global Director of Public Cloud DevOps, Architecture and Engineering, Fortinet

Aidan Walden has served as the Global Director of Public Cloud DevOps, Architecture and Engineering at Fortinet for the past 7 years helping organizations secure their cloud adoption journey. Prior to Fortinet he served in various engineering and leadership roles at a tier 1 mobility and global ISP. Throughout his 18 year career he has navigated the evolving security landscape across cloud, mobility, IoT, ERP systems, and service provider infrastructure.

Bob West | Chief Security Officer, Prisma Cloud, Palo Alto Networks

Bob joined Palo Alto Networks after more than 20 years in leadership roles with banks, product companies and professional services organizations. He is responsible for evangelizing how Prisma Cloud facilitates the transition to the cloud. Bob provides counsel to Palo Alto Networks’ customers, prospects, governments, regulators and partner ecosystem.

Bob is a frequent speaker on cloud security and strategy, information security and risk, identity, mobility, and on global policy issues such as payment fraud and critical infrastructure. He also has visibility into and advises key people that influence national legislation. He is quoted frequently in the press including publications such as Bloomberg, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Bob received the 2022 HITEC 100 award for being one of the most influential Hispanic technology executives in the world. He was also a nominee for the ISC2 Senior Information Security Professional of the Year, 2011, received the 2004 Digital ID World Conference award for Balancing Innovation and Reality, and a 2004 InfoWorld 100 Award for implementing SAML. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in German and then received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems from North Central College.

 

1:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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