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April 6, 2017

Network vs. Security Segmentation – Don’t Back Your Winnebago Into the Compact Car Spot

Vice President of Product Management

Matthew is a 20-year industry veteran with experience in five successful start-ups. He is responsible for Illumio’s product lines and product strategy.

The need for segmentation as security strategy has evolved quite a bit. From the early days of networks to the complex data center and cloud environments of today, the approach organizations take to segmentation hasn’t kept pace. Anyone trying to use traditional segmentation approaches to address new security challenges will quickly discover it falls short of meeting both expectations and security requirements.

However, this hasn’t stopped vendors and some organizations from trying to fit the proverbial square networking peg into the round security hole. Spoiler alert: it just won’t fit.

What you really need is Security Segmentation.

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June 17, 2016

Hollywood vs. Illumination: CopyCat Edition

Vice President of Product Management

Matthew is a 20-year industry veteran with experience in five successful start-ups. He is responsible for Illumio’s product lines and product strategy.

Every summer, Hollywood releases derivative or copycat films. Consider that when Christopher Nolan (director of Batman Begins, Inception, and others) wrote and directed The Prestige, another studio found out about the project and immediately kicked off The Illusionist. For every Babe there is a Gordy. Imitation is often the best form of flattery, but all too frequently the copy does not equal the original—it is just a movie studio making up for a deficiency in its lineup or trying to make some money.

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November 2, 2015

The Mathematics of Adaptive Security

Vice President of Product Management

Matthew is a 20-year industry veteran with experience in five successful start-ups. He is responsible for Illumio’s product lines and product strategy.

Enterprise security teams are charged with maintaining the “perfect” set of security policies. In their pursuit of the perfect security policy, they are often the department of slow (because the pursuit of perfection takes time). At the same time, “to err is human…”

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Adaptive Security

December 12, 2014

Recruiting in Stealth (AKA, “How Did Y’all Do That?”)

Vice President of Product Management

Matthew is a 20-year industry veteran with experience in five successful start-ups. He is responsible for Illumio’s product lines and product strategy.

When we were in stealth mode, we had many customers come through our building. We would talk about the team building the Adaptive Security Platform and they would always ask some form of the following question: “How did you put that team together? We couldn’t even find out what you do and we are a customer…”

There is no simple answer for how we did it, but here are a few of the ways:

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November 7, 2014

New Needs Need New Techniques: The Promise of Adaptive Security

Vice President of Product Management

Matthew is a 20-year industry veteran with experience in five successful start-ups. He is responsible for Illumio’s product lines and product strategy.

Before joining Illumio, I had a pretty long career in networking. I was at Xylan, a company that literally wrote the book on switching. After Xylan, I worked at Packet Engines, a Gigabit Ethernet routing switch vendor. Then I worked at Airespace, a company that pioneered the use of algorithms to tune the RF topology of enterprise networks. 

You could say that I was ensconced in a networking “box” mentality. 

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