Converging Paths: Integrating Network and Security in the Cloud/AI Era

Spring 2024

In this dynamic ONUG panel discussion, we delve into the pivotal shift towards Cloud Computing, the expansion of remote workforces, and the strategic imperative of Generative AI, which compels enterprises to rethink their approach to network and security integration. With over half of all applications now operating outside traditional on-premises networks, the session will explore the pressing need to move away from legacy WAN infrastructures and perimeter-based security models. Our panel of experts will discuss the challenges and complexities introduced by legacy systems, the inefficiencies of current security solutions, and the critical role of Network as a Service (NaaS) and edge-integrated security services in crafting a seamless, secure, and user-friendly digital environment.
o Overview of the current landscape: Cloud adoption, remote work, and GenAI.
o The limitations of legacy WAN and perimeter security in a modern digital world.
-Challenges with Legacy Systems:
o Discussing the complexity and management challenges of mixed security solutions and organizational structures.
o The impact on network and security administrators, and user experiences.
-The Shift to Modern Network Security:
o Exploring the inversion of access requirements due to digital business needs.
o The role of NaaS and edge-integrated security services (SWG, CASB, Firewall, ZTNA, XDR) in addressing dynamic access needs.
-Adopting Zero Trust and Overcoming Implementation Challenges:
o Insights into the pursuit of zero trust strategies and the hurdles with legacy infrastructures.
o Practical steps for meaningful zero trust implementations within modernized networks.

Who Should Attend: Network security professionals, system administrators, software developers, IT managers, and anyone interested in network security technologies.


Stephen White is a Senior IT executive with 25+ years of IT leadership experience in the Financial
Services and Consulting sectors. Stephen has held a variety of roles in his career including 14 years
building and leading the State Street Corporation global network infrastructure. Stephen spent 6
years at Citizens Bank building the Network, Voice and Security Architectures supporting the
Citizen’s digital transformation journey while insourcing the network. Stephen is the CEO of Viking
Technology Advisors, LLC a strategic professional services firm specializing in modernizing network
and cybersecurity corporate infrastructures empowering organizations to successfully navigate
their digital transformation journey. Stephen has a unique breadth and depth of business and
technology skills. He is trusted for integrity and the ability to use creativity and innovation to guide
organizations through technology-enabled digital transformation.

Jon Pruskowski is the Product Owner and Engineering Lead of Capital One’s Core Network with responsibilities for cloud connectivity, data center interconnect backbone, and software defined networking.  He has over 15 years of experience in technology leadership, solution architecture, and network engineering.

Joe DePalo leads the platform engineering organization at Netskope and is responsible for the design, build, and operations of the current and future generations of the Netskope infrastructure and platform. Prior to joining Netskope, Joe was the global head of internet services for Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he was responsible for the AWS Global Network and the Amazon carrier strategy. Prior to AWS, he was SVP of operations and engineering at Limelight Networks. There, he and his team built the second-largest content delivery network in the world.

Matt Klepcyk is a distinguished engineer and network architect for Capital One’s Network Protection team which provides services such as network and perimeter defense, network monitoring, and secure access. He has held senior engineering roles in the financial and health care sectors, and has experience in a wide range of technologies including security, networking, network services, and identity management.

Amir Khan is a computer networking visionary who founded and led Viptela’s market-leading, cloud-first, Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) business before the acquisition by Cisco. As prescient as he was in identifying the $8B opportunity for SD-WAN, Amir recognized that network hampered the cloud journey and founded Alkira in 2018 with Atif Khan to reinvent networking for the cloud era. Amir’s vision is to deliver the cloud network as a utility. As CEO/Founder, he has led Alkira’s delivery of the industry’s first on-demand, as-a-service, point and click, unified multi-cloud networking service that enables cloud architects to design, build, and deploy a global multi-cloud network in minutes. Alkira enables enterprises to implement 50% less firewall capacity, and reduce TCO by up to 40%. Before Viptela, Amir held leadership roles at Cisco, Juniper, and Nortel. He holds 4 patents. Amir earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

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