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April 14, 2016

3 Questions to Ask PCI Compliance Vendors

Technical Evangelist

Jimmy Ray couldn't make a living playing video games and catching fish so he became an engineer. As Illumio's technical evangelist, he keeps it real and ensures you always get the most up-to-date, spin-proof good word on technology.

Time for another PCI audit, eh? It’s pass or fail. That’s it. The worst type of scoring possible. You can get everything right and then an auditor discovers that just one device—let’s say an HVAC system—is connected to a processor on the same flat VLAN, and now that is under audit, too. Many companies fail their audits for this very simple reason.

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Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations

March 31, 2016

Emerging Threats: The Case for Visibility

Technical Evangelist

Jimmy Ray couldn't make a living playing video games and catching fish so he became an engineer. As Illumio's technical evangelist, he keeps it real and ensures you always get the most up-to-date, spin-proof good word on technology.

I’ve been asked to speak on a panel at SecureWorld in Boston this month. The topic is Emerging Threats and at first I was interested in taking the “people” route. You know, the idea that users are bringing in more threats than actual hackers doing an active attack. There is some evidence to support that email is still be biggest vector into the data center.

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Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations

February 8, 2016

Red Teams, Blue Teams, and Being the Good Guy for Once

Technical Evangelist

Jimmy Ray couldn't make a living playing video games and catching fish so he became an engineer. As Illumio's technical evangelist, he keeps it real and ensures you always get the most up-to-date, spin-proof good word on technology.

Nearly everyone wants to be the “baddy.” In movies, video games, and more, being the Bad Dude is just the best. Of course, folks could apply all levels of psychology to it, but I’m an engineer and know less about psychology than I do about vegan cooking. From an engineering point of view, bad dudes do not have to think in a linear fashion.

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Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations

December 23, 2015

Digging Deeper: Nano-segmentation℠

Technical Evangelist

Jimmy Ray couldn't make a living playing video games and catching fish so he became an engineer. As Illumio's technical evangelist, he keeps it real and ensures you always get the most up-to-date, spin-proof good word on technology.

In this video—which really should have been titled “Understanding how Illumio ASP decouples the network layer and, by the way, this means you can segment workloads by application processes on the same workload to serve different functions and STILL pass security audits,” but Marketing said that was too long a title—I spend about eight minutes digging deeper into the actual deployment architecture.

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Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations

December 4, 2015

Digging Deeper: Application Migration (Part 2)

Technical Evangelist

Jimmy Ray couldn't make a living playing video games and catching fish so he became an engineer. As Illumio's technical evangelist, he keeps it real and ensures you always get the most up-to-date, spin-proof good word on technology.

As we continue on through the Illumio Stargate, we punch up our DHD for Disaster Recovery and then move on to one of our more common tasks: moving applications between environments. This could be stuff like application life cycle management or auto scaling workloads for seasonality. Heck man, it could be anything that causes a change to application security.

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Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations