Mike Rothman, President of independent research firm Securosis, specializes in the sexy aspects of security, like protecting networks and endpoints, security management, and compliance. Mike’s bold perspectives and irreverent style make him one of security’s most sought after speakers and commentators. After 20 years in and around security, he’s one of the guys who “knows where the bodies are buried” in the space. Mike is the author of “The Pragmatic CSO,” which introduces technically oriented security professionals to the nuances of what is required to be a senior security professional.
Mike will be presenting his session Seeing through the Clouds: Tactics to Deal with Limited Cloud Visibility at this year’s Secure360 Conference.
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m the “plumber” of Securosis and that mean I focus my research on sexy things like network and endpoint security. Though don’t feel too bad for me, I get to drink coffee all day and stir the proverbial pot.
I write a weekly newsletter on our blog called The Incite. Read the last couple of posts and you’ll learn more about me than you ever wanted to know and maybe catch up on a little security news as well.
What’s the topic of your presentation at Secure 360
I’m going to talk about how cloud computing changes how you monitor your environment. When everything is in your own datacenter, it’s possible to monitor from the network layer on up. In the cloud, you can’t see the network and in a lot of cases you can’t see parts of the computing stack. That means your tactics necessarily have to change, so that’s what I’ll talk about in my session.
What do you hope that the audience will walk away understanding from your session?
The audience needs to understand that although a lot of things are the same when applications and data are moved into the cloud, and lot of things are different as well. And if the architects aren’t considering how security and specifically monitoring is going to change, then it’s not going to end well.
If you’ve been to Secure 360 before, what’s your favorite Secure 360 memory?
Minneapolis has a great, tight knit security community, many of which I’ve met through my travels. So it’s great to roam around the floor and see great speakers with a group that is eager to learn.
Who do you most want to meet / see at this year’s Secure 360?
I won’t insult any of my good friends by being specific. But suffice it to say there are many folks I’m lucky to call friends that will be at S360 this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing them and drinking a few Leinies.
What’s the favorite technology that you use on a daily basis?
Has to be my iPad. My business is to stay current with what’s happening in the security industry, so I read A LOT. The iPad makes consuming content easy and accessible pretty much anywhere I am. And it keeps my kids occupied on long car rides, so it’s a 360 degree win for me.