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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

Data Center and Cloud Security: Application Mapping

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

July 19, 2017

Data Center and Cloud Security - Why we need a revolution

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.

Revolutions happen for good reason. They’re the result of a divergence of expectations and reality causing pent-up frustration that pushes the need for change. Old ways no longer align with new requirements and pressure reaches a boiling point where there is no other option but to make that change. 

Evolutions in applications, the data center, and cloud have pushed security to the limits, where old ways like choke points and network based approaches no longer align with new requirements of application teams. These teams have gotten used to new models of resource utilization and application delivery — and there's no turning back. It’s time for a revolution in security.

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Cloud Computing, Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations

February 13, 2017

The Power of Opportunity: Quantifying Risk Through Adaptive Security

Former Chief Commercial Officer

"Those who believe quantitative methods are impractical in cybersecurity are not saying so because they know more about cybersecurity but because they know less quantitative methods."

— Douglas Hubbard & Richard Seiersen, How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk

"My favorite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it tells you something."

— Groucho Marx

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Adaptive Security, Illumio News, Data Center Operations, Security, Adaptive Segmentation

February 9, 2017

Getting the Most Out of RSA 2017: A Practitioner's Guide

Former Director of Information Security

RSA Conference 2017 is fast approaching and the Illumio team has been buzzing around getting ready. I’ve been doing research to decide on my schedule for this year’s conference and thought I’d share some thoughts on how security practitioners can get the most out of the busy week ahead. 

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Adaptive Security, Data Center Operations, Adaptive Segmentation