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More web traffic, more problems. How CARFAX consolidated security concerns, saved money and grew their business

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM EDT (2014-09-17 19:00:00 UTC)
  • Chris Thomas, Preston Hogue, John Pescatore


  • F5 Networks, Inc.

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You need to protect your website against attacks, ensure it's available to customers, and prevent any potential data theft--all while scaling your business. It is a tall order but CARFAX, a leading provider of vehicle history information, was able to cut site downtime to zero, deploy a high-performance infrastructure to support its rapid growth and secure its data. You can do the same for your company.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to improve website performance and cut downtime
  • How to ensure protection of proprietary data
  • How to efficiently manage rapid growth

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013. He has 35 years experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to joining the SANS Institute, Mr. Pescatore was Gartnerís lead security analyst for 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations and major technology and service providers. Before joining Gartner, Mr. Pescatore was Senior Consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he started, grew and managed security consulting groups focusing on firewalls, network security, encryption and Public Key Infrastructures. Prior to that, Mr. Pescatore spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems. Mr. Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a NSA Certified Cryptologic Engineer. He is also an Extra class amateur radio operator, callsign K3TN.

Preston Hogue

Preston Hogue is the Director of Security Marketing Architecture at F5 Networks and serves as a worldwide security evangelist for the company. Previously, he was a Security Product Manager at F5, specializing in network security Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC). He joined F5 in 2010 as a Security Architect and was responsible for designing F5's current Information Security Management System (ISMS). Preston has a proven track record building out Information Security Management Systems with Security Service Oriented Architectures (SSOA), enabling enhanced integration, automation, and simplified management. Before joining F5, he was Director of information Security at social media provider Demand Media where he built out the information security team and the company's ISMS, which included PCI, SOX, OFAC, DDoS, and DMCA programs. Preston's career began 18 years ago when he served as a security analyst performing operational security (OPSEC) audits for the U.S. Air Force. He currently holds CISSP, CISA, CISM, and CRISC security and professional certifications.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas joined CARFAX in 1998 as a systems administrator. Promoted to information technology manager in 2006, he is now responsible for all aspects of information technology at the foundation. Working in the IT field full time since 1996, Thomas transitioned to CARFAX after two years of C++, Java and HTML programming at startup company in the Washington DC metro area. Before that, he spent five years serving our country in the U.S. ARMY where he finished his computer science degree and later obtained multiple Microsoft certified systems engineer certifications and Cisco certified network professional and design professional certifications while working at CARFAX as a network engineer. Thomas holds a B.A. in computer science, and he has completed a college certificate program in project management and holds other certifications as well, including the CompTia Security+ program and the ITIL certification program.

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