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The New Reality: Centralizing Security when Your Network is Decentralizing

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT (2017-05-25 15:00:00 UTC)
  • Dave Shackleford, Michael Knapp


  • Forcepoint LLC

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Network Security practitioners are taking new approaches to handle the exploding number of locations they are asked to spin up, application delivery from virtualized centers or the cloud, and other trends that are tearing up the old playbook for traditional networks.

Join Michael Knapp, Director of Network Security Solutions Architecture at Forcepoint, during a live SANS broadcast as he discusses a "day in the life" look at new techniques that will cut through the hype. During the webcast, Michael will provide perspectives on how highly distributed organizations can connect and protect their people and the data consistently, from virtualized data centers and complex office networks to branch locations and the cloud.

Key topics include:

  • Deploying to new locations
  • Direct-to-Cloud implementation
  • Turning business processes into Technical Controls
  • Tackling a situation where security is changing networking
  • Increasing visibility across your entire network to understand and act quickly

Speaker Bios

Michael Knapp

Michael Knapp is the Director of Network Security Architects - Americas for Forcepoint and is responsible for leading a team of Network Security experts across the Americas. The team focuses on developing comprehensive network security solutions for organizations across Global Governments, Fortune 500 Enterprises, Local Government, Education, Healthcare, Retail and other verticals alike. The teams primary goal is to listen, understand complex customer challenges, and then develop integrated solutions which exceed the requested needs.

With over 24 years in IT, in both networking infrastructure and information security; Mr. Knapp is capable of bringing both the Networking and Security teams together in conversations to develop the best solution possible for an organization. To keep his technical skills fresh, he still works hands-on with technology and actively develops integrated networks security solutions for various organizations. Mr. Knapp also spent several years working with System Integrators to build new solutions into their portfolio offering, helped MSSP establish their managed service offerings using various technologies, even worked directly with ICS/SCADA/OT organizations on developing security solutions.

Prior to joining Forcepoint, Mr. Knapp has held various leadership and individual contributor roles at Intel, Cisco, McAfee, Cyrix, and IBM.

Mr. Knapp is an active member of InfraGard, ICS-CERT, ICSJWG, and ISSA. Mr. Knapp holds CISSP, CEH, CTT certifications, in addition to numerous vendor certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, and Intel.

Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford, a SANS analyst, senior instructor, course author, GIAC technical director and member of the board of directors for the SANS Technology Institute, is the founder and principal consultant with Voodoo Security. He has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and network architecture and engineering. A VMware vExpert, Dave has extensive experience designing and configuring secure virtualized infrastructures. He previously worked as chief security officer for Configuresoft and CTO for the Center for Internet Security. Dave currently helps lead the Atlanta chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.

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