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October 2, 2018

Know the Score: Vulnerability Exposure Explained

CTO and Founder

PJ is a technologist and architect focused on complex distributed system solutions. He’s responsible for Illumio’s technology vision and platform architecture.

In this post, I explain the various factors in calculating the Illumio Vulnerability Exposure Score (VES), which allows organizations to combine industry-standard vulnerability scoring measurements with context from their own unique environment. The VES also helps security professionals prioritize security controls to minimize the exposure of the attack surface and potential impact of vulnerabilities.

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Data Center Operations

August 31, 2018

More Steph Curry Enterprise Security Lessons: When Something Goes Wrong

CTO and Founder

PJ is a technologist and architect focused on complex distributed system solutions. He’s responsible for Illumio’s technology vision and platform architecture.

This article was originally published on Forbes.com. Read part one of the series here

In part one of this two-part series, I talked about the similarities between protecting high-value assets in public spaces in the real world and in the enterprise. This includes the need to understand the value of the assets, how to reduce available pathways to the assets to minimize the potential attack surface and use security controls on the access points.

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August 3, 2018

Swish: What Steph Curry Can Teach Us About Enterprise Security

CTO and Founder

PJ is a technologist and architect focused on complex distributed system solutions. He’s responsible for Illumio’s technology vision and platform architecture.

This article was originally published on Forbes.com.

The best security professionals are those that can think like a hacker. Their perspective on defense is based on a fundamental understanding of how to scour a system for weaknesses that can be easily exploited. Are there obscure entry points that aren’t secured? All it takes is one overlooked device with default passwords connected to the outside world and attackers are in, despite all the resources dedicated to protecting the main entry.

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December 20, 2017

Sizing Up Security in 2018: Predictions For Your Organization and Your (Former) Identity

CTO and Founder

PJ is a technologist and architect focused on complex distributed system solutions. He’s responsible for Illumio’s technology vision and platform architecture.

In my role, I spend a lot of time looking at and thinking about technology trends, with a sharp focus on how security is reaching limits and breaking. This is what drives me as we build products to address market requirements. The whole reason Illumio exists is because I saw that firewalls are reaching limits and needed to be rethought in the age of the cloud. 

As is tradition this time of year, I took some time to think about what has changed in 2017 and what that means for the year ahead. Some of the predictions are grounded in the reality of what's transpired and what we have learned, while others are more speculative and educated guesses based on the data we have.

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Cloud Computing, Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations

August 9, 2017

You Need a Map to Evolve Security

CTO and Founder

PJ is a technologist and architect focused on complex distributed system solutions. He’s responsible for Illumio’s technology vision and platform architecture.

Introducing a blog series by Illumio CTO, PJ Kirner, that will cover key concepts to help you think about data center and cloud security in a new way, and realign your approach with evolving requirements across application environments. Read the first post of this series, "Why We Need a Data Center and Cloud Security Revolution."

I can’t imagine getting to work without a GPS. Yes, I pretty much drive the same route every day and could probably do it blindfolded, but the GPS helps me get there the fastest by recommending the right route because it has up-to-date real-time data about traffic and can guide me around accidents and traffic jams. It knows both ends of my route, where I’m coming from and where I’m headed to and, mixing in historical data, it can predict the best time for me to leave and always be on time. 

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Cloud Computing, Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations