ONUG Collaborative Project Update: Zero Trust

Zero Trust is a mindset that IT professionals must adopt for implementing sound security strategies in today’s complex IT environments based on hybrid multicloud infrastructure supporting workloads distributed across a mix of on-premise data centers and multiple cloud providers, including numerous SaaS applications. There is no longer a well-defined perimeter to defend and the potential attack surface is essentially unbounded.

Zero Trust strategies are grounded in a set of fundamental principles that are realized by deploying the proper set of products and solutions that are available from many leading security vendors. But where do NOC and SOC teams start their Zero Trust journey? What are the key considerations at each milestone on the way? Will they ever arrive at a final destination?

Attend this session to learn how the ONUG Collaborative is helping enterprise IT professionals understand how to adopt Zero Trust by providing them with a Practitioner’s Guide to Zero Trust, based on real-world experience implementing Zero Trust strategies at a large global enterprise. Project team leads will also discuss other 2024 project goals and security-related actionable outcomes and deliverables.


Cyber Security Advisor with FedEx Services, Inc. My current focus is on securing SDN and hybrid-cloud workloads as FedEx moves towards digital transformation and away from traditional L3 networks and data centers. In my role as Cyber Security Advisor I am called on to consult on many IT projects across the various operating companies that comprise FedEx. I am the team leader for the Network Security team that is responsible for implementing micro-segmentation, security analytics, identity services, and Wifi intrusion prevention among other security platforms and initiatives. I currently hold active ISCCISSP and GIAC GSEC certifications and have been a guest speaker on network and cloud security at various conferences including Proofpoint Connect, VMworld, and Future:NET.

My background is 30+ years of experience as a Network Security Engineer / Network Manager / Network Engineer working in the IS/IT division of various companies which span half a dozen industries and government agencies.

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