Eric Sugar, President at ProServeIT – AI-Tech Interview

Eric, could you please introduce yourself and elaborate on your role as president at ProserveIT?

Hello, I’m Eric Sugar, President at ProServeIT, my focus is on helping clients set their strategic direction with regards to technology that enables their business.  Eric’s passion is teaching how technology can be leveraged by businesses to enable growth and added value.  As President at ProServeIT  I support our clients and team in creatively deploying and using technology.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Math) from the University of Toronto.

I’m an avid rower, cyclist and hockey player who can put a golf ball in the woods better than most.

Can you provide a concise overview of Zero Trust Architecture and its significance in modern cybersecurity?

Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) is a security model that assumes that any user, system, or service operating within or outside of an organization’s network perimeter is untrustworthy until proven otherwise. It is based on the principle of “never trust, always verify” and requires strict identity verification for every person and device trying to access resources on a private network, regardless of their location. The principles behind a Zero Trust network include Identity and Access Management (IAM), Data Protection, and Network Segmentation

In the context of ZTA, how does the concept of “never trust, always verify” apply to both internal and external network environments? What are the key implications of this approach for organisations?

In the context of ZTA, the concept of “never trust, always verify” applies to both internal and external network environments. This approach has key implications for organizations, as it requires them to implement strict identity verification and access controls for every person and device trying to access their resources, regardless of their location. This helps organizations mitigate cybersecurity risks and protect sensitive data effectively

What are the key benefits of implementing Zero Trust Architecture, and how does it help organisations mitigate cybersecurity risks and protect sensitive data effectively?

The benefits of implementing ZTA include reducing the attack surface and preventing lateral movement by attackers within the network, as each resource is isolated and protected by granular policies and controls. It also enhances the visibility and monitoring of network activity and behavior, as each request and transaction is logged and analyzed for anomalies and threats.

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Prateek Bhajanka, APJ Field CISO Director at SentinelOne – AITech Interview

Could you please share some insights into your professional journey as APJ Field CISO Director at SentinelOne?

Prateek: The role of Field CISO is very interesting as it focuses on the value proposition of the security initiatives and deployments. This role helps me in cutting the prevailing noise in the industry because of the overwhelming number of jargon, overmarketing, and overpromises of the providers. At the same time, it helps the security leaders climb the maturity curve and define the security charter.

Can you provide an overview of the current cloud security landscape in the Asia Pacific Japan region and explain why it’s becoming an increasingly critical concern?

Prateek: The adoption of cloud technologies and platforms is only accelerating in the APJ region alongside the threat landscape, and the risks are increasing too. With businesses moving their critical business applications, data, and operations to the cloud, they are increasingly being targeted by threat actors as the organizations’ maturity level in cloud security is relatively lower than the traditional architecture. Additionally, the data protection and privacy laws in different countries and regions emphasize the need for cloud security.

According to you, what could be the key strategies and best practices that organizations should prioritize when securing their cloud platforms within the Asia Pacific Japan region?

Prateek: The first step is the realization that the approach to securing the cloud is different from the traditional approaches and understanding the shared responsibility model between the cloud service provider and the client. Cloud is not inherently secured but can be secured with the right policy, configurations, and controls. The journey to securing the cloud should start with Cloud Security Governance.

Can you identify specific challenges that organizations in the Asia Pacific Japan region typically encounter when it comes to maintaining the integrity and security of their cloud-stored data?

Prateek: Security in the cloud is more of an identity and access management issue. When the identities and access to cloud resources such as data storage are configured with secured configuration such as no public access to storage buckets, expiration of API tokens, etc, it will ensure the integrity and security of the data stored in the cloud.

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