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VP of Cloud Operations at ICE Mortgage Technology / Host, The CloudPod

In our 1st episode of ‘21, we cap off our cloud security series with a recap of the major milestones, key trends and surprises across 2020 through the eyes of cloud expert and podcaster, Justin Brodley.  If you think you might have missed a few things that happened in the public cloud last year while waiting for news on COVID-19 vaccines, hitting refresh on election results or wondering when the four horsemen were finally going to show up, this episode is your chance to catch up and look ahead through the lens of both a practitioner and a pundit.


Recorded during AWS Re:invent, we examine the cloud service provider conferences across the year to find a clear absence of security topics making their way to center stage.  While there were some notable developments, such as services providing easier cloud traffic analysis, much of the attention was elsewhere. Multi-cloud, in particular, leapt to the forefront for even Amazon who had been reluctantly dragging their feet.


Our comparison of the different cloud service providers (CSP) conferences gives way to Justin’s take on key differences in their security strategies. From Google’s cloud native approach to Microsoft’s gambit to compete with stand-alone security offerings seemingly inspired by their experience on-premises, we breakdown the CSP’s strengths and weaknesses in cybersecurity.


We chart the big moments of 2020 in the cloud, starting with outages that began with pandemic-strained capacity at Azure to the longest AWS outage witnessed in years around Thanksgiving.  While security news didn’t penetrate the headlines in many instances, Justin mentions some noticeable developments and what we hoped to see, but didn’t. 


Justin shares his top advice for anyone moving to the cloud to shore up their defenses. Given the vast amount of phishing, social engineering and misconfiguration issues in the cloud, it turns out that this has a lot more to do with improving our humans than it does our technology.  Nonetheless, the threat landscape meaningfully advanced with more complex, serious attacks in 2020 which moved well beyond “S3 bucket negligence”  that's perhaps best exemplified by the sophisticated Capital One breach.


In the waning moments of our 6 episode cloud series, we look to the trends that will define 2021 and end with a hopeful signal that us security types just might be starting to get the hang of this cloud thing.

About Justin

Justin Brodley is an IT Executive with 20+ years in SaaS, Cloud, and IT operations. Most recently as VP of Cloud Operations at ICE Mortgage Technology (formerly Ellie Mae).  He has helped companies transform their SaaS business, adopt cloud-native practices, and drive the cultural change of DevOps and DevSecOps.  He is also one of the hosts of https://www.thecloudpod.net a weekly cloud news show covering AWS, GCP, Azure, DevOps, and more. 



Partner, Kleiner Perkins

Investors make their money seeing things others don’t. Making big bets based on both digging into painstaking detail and their ability to forecast what will happen many years into the future.   In this 5th and (almost!) final episode of our series on public cloud security, we get deep into the mind of Bucky Moore from Kleiner Perkins to learn how the flow of funding is both responding to and shaping our industry’s transformation from protecting our own data centers to renting them from others.


Bucky begins by laying down our mile marker in the global cloud journey, answering the eternal question of “Are we there yet?” with a clear answer of “Not even close.” We follow these remarks to a walk through the different corners of the cyber security industry to see how they’re keeping pace. While many fail to impress, one of the legacy behemoths stands out from the pack as having impressively galvanized their business to meet the cloud challenge.


Setting companies aside, Bucky, Jack & Dave identify what technologies are the likely casualties are long-term cloud transition followed by a look at the obvious new areas to invest. Bucky describes a few more obscure tech opportunities he and Kleiner Perkins are watching that may produce a surprise hit in the future.


We explore the eye-popping amount of money raised by managed security services companies in 2020 such as Arctic Wolf, Deep Watch & Pondurance and how they differ from the not-so-glamorous past of the MSSP market.  Our discussion explains the hidden forces driving the new managed services opportunity and how we think it will play out over the years ahead.

If you’re looking to understand the insanely high valuations of companies like Snowflake and CrowdStrike-- or wondering what a SPAC is-- Bucky weighs in on these topics as well as we also dive into the surprise investing frenzy of 2020. Spoiler alert: it has a lot to do with both money and investors having no better places to go.

About Bucky

Bucky Moore is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins, where he partners with founders building products that accelerate our ability to leverage software and data in the workplace. He is currently an investor and board member in a number of such companies, including Materialize, Open Raven, Teleport, Netlify, Prisma, and Labelbox. Prior to entering the venture business, Bucky was a member of Cisco's corporate development team, where he worked on numerous acquisitions, venture investments, and joint ventures.



Director of Product Management, Datadog

As longstanding cybersecurity companies lumber their way into the public cloud and "born in the cloud" startups fight for attention, cloud observability titan Datadog entered the security market in 2020 with two new products.  This is far from the first time a company has used an adjacent market to make the cybersecurity leap. Oftentimes it fails, but Splunk immediately comes to mind as a crossover success. Jack and Dave interview Datadog’s Marc Tremsal in this episode to provide a view into what cybersecurity looks like from the lens of a company steeped in the world of cloud infrastructure.

Datadog did not break down the doors of the industry, but rather was invited to enter by their customers whose needs were not being met by cybersecurity companies. Marc explains the mistakes that incumbents have made that have left a considerable opening for others— they have very little to do with technology and a lot to do with marketing and sales. From selling to CISOs rather than the people doing the work to overheated marketing claims, cybersecurity companies have alienated would-be cloud customers who openly wonder why they can’t buy protection the same way they purchase the rest of their infrastructure.

Marc talks through the challenges of staffing a cloud security product team—  how much do you value deep domain expertise? Do you shrug it off and simply hire the best developers?  We explain how the hottest talent on the market will be cybersecurity veterans who take the time to retool for the public cloud as they will hit the “goldilocks” spot for a growing throng of potential employers.

We wrap up a surprisingly optimistic conversation with a glance ahead to 2021 where Marc reckons consolidation of providers will be a key trend alongside a hard look at just how immutable some of our infrastructure truly is.

About Marc

Marc builds products for security and engineering teams. Currently, he's a Director of Product Management at Datadog, as well as an aspiring chess rec league player. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their very small dog, but can regularly be found in his home country of France.

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