AWS Senior Security Partner Strategist, Tim Sandage, at Cloud Leaders Portland 2018
Article Cloud Leaders March 7, 2018

Learning From the Experts at Cloud Leaders Portland

Business transformation is happening in the cloud. We’ve been asking expert cloud architects, tech executives, IT experts, DevOps professionals and others the same question: What does it take to become a Cloud Leader?

On February 23, we got some amazing answers at the Cloud Leaders Portland event. In this tech-rich city, we learned a lot from our outstanding speakers.

In his keynote, Security as Code, Andrew Plato, President & CEO of Portland-based cloud security company Antian, spoke about why security is essential to growth, innovation and prosperity — and how DevOps pros play a critical role in guiding leadership toward improving cloud security.

We learned about a Global SOC Strategy for the Cloud from Marnie Wilking, CISO at Orion Health, a global provider of healthcare information technology. She explained how to build an effective security architecture and Security Operations Center (SOC) for a more automated approach to cloud security.

Tim Sandage, Senior Security Partner Strategist at AWS, briefed the audience about Security Automation & Orchestration in his presentation. We learned about the increasing complexity of security threats in an age of automation, scripts, repeatable attacks and more — and the development of the AWS Security Automation and Orchestration (SAO) repository for handling these threats.

We heard about The End of Compute Management from Orr Weinstein, Vice President of Product at Spotinst, a company that helps manage AWS Spot Instances. He talked about the evolution of utility maximization, leading up to the serverless cloud.

Our own Steve Hall, Vice President, Partner Strategy, taught us some Secrets to a Successful Public Cloud Management Strategy. That means understanding your cloud management options and selecting the right tools to configure everything the way you need to move from a high-risk baseline to self-healing cloud governance.

Each of these leaders had fascinating things to say about how to implement a cloud-first approach and advance your own career in the cloud.

Next, we were delighted to welcome several speakers to a highly interactive panel discussion. Finally, everyone enjoyed a cocktail social at the nearby Original restaurant in downtown Portland.

When we hosted the first Cloud Leaders virtual summit last year, none of us could have predicted how successful it would become.

Do you have what it takes to be a Cloud Leader? We hope to see you at one of the upcoming events in Denver, Washington, D.C., and Austin. More information can be found at the Cloud Leaders website.

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