June 2012 Chapter Meeting Arrow to Content

June 2012 Meeting

Steve Riley, Office of CTO Riverbed Technology:

In the cloud, everything you think you know is wrong” 
Security: same risks and threats and mitigations, yep? Nope. System administration: same roles and tasks and duties, yep? Nope. Development: same designs and methods and processes, yep? Nope. There’s a lot of chatter that cloud computing is yet another return to the age of centralization—as if it were the mainframe of the 21st century. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the cloud is certainly evoking a kind of re-centralization of compute and storage, it’s more accurate to regard it as “distributed re-centralization.” Access, meanwhile, is as far from centralized as you can imagine: with nearly ubiquitous access from devices of all sizes (often personally-owned and equipped with huge storage capacities), traditional approaches to developing applications, managing systems, and securing information simply have to go. For the “digital native” generation, the cloud is the computer. There’s no time for old-time lamentations about the good old days. To succeed today, you have to develop, manage, and secure for tomorrow.

About the Speaker:
Steve Riley, Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology
Steve’s specialties include the performance and security aspects of enterprise and cloud computing. Steve has a long career of public speaking, having participated in hundreds of events around the world. He is co-author of Protect Your Windows Network, contributed a chapter to Auditing Cloud Computing, has published numerous articles, and conducted technical reviews of several data networking and telecommunications books. Before Steve joined Riverbed, he was the cloud security strategist at Amazon Web Services and a security consultant and advisor at Microsoft. Steve is a global moderator of Kubuntu Forums, a support community for Ubuntu’s KDE-flavored distribution. Besides lurking in the Internet’s dark alleys and secret passages, he enjoys freely sharing his opinions about the intersection of technology and culture. Contact him at [email protected] ; check out his occasional writings at http://blog.riverbed.com.

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