Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) , Security Operations , Security Operations Center (SOC)

Orchestration and Automation: The New 'Must-Haves'

Splunk's Ryan Kovar and Christine Vanderpool of FCC on Maximizing Emerging Tech
Ryan Kovar, Distinguished Strategist, Security Focus, Splunk; Christine Vanderpool, VP of IT Strategy, Architecture and CISO, Florida Crystals

Orchestration and automation have shifted from "nice to have" to "must-have" in the enterprise, says Christine Vanderpool, CISO at Florida Crystals. Particularly post-breach. She and Splunk's Ryan Kovar share insights and tips on how to get maximum value from these emerging technologies.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Kovar and Vanderpool discuss:

  • Misconceptions about orchestration and automation;
  • Addressing resource gaps;
  • Potential pitfalls to avoid.

Kovar, with over 20 years of experience cybering, has done everything from pulling miles of CAT5 cable on an aircraft carrier to learning that he didn't want to be a malware RE. Most recently, he worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on a team dedicated to detecting and mitigating advanced threats. Kovar then moved to Splunk as a Distinguished Security Strategist where he teaches hunting, attempts practical security research, and solves fun problems for folks around the world. Kovar loves Bernese mountain dogs and wire data, and despises printers.

Vanderpool, VP of IT Strategy, Architecture & Security has been at FCC for three years. For the past three years, she has worked on building out the Cyber Security Program based on the NIST Framework focusing on implementing capabilities that help FCC/ASR identify threats, protect against attacks, detect when things do happen, respond to them quickly and appropriately and recover from any incidents by taking the lessons learned and making improvements. She is now focusing on how to build out our next three-year and beyond IT strategy including things such as strong vendor relationships, alignment with architecture principles and engaging communications. She brings experience in building such strategies from her prior roles with Molson Coors Brewing Company and Kaiser Permanente.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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