April 2020 – Secure SD-WAN

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, this month’s meeting will be virtual. Web conference connection info will be provided via the RISE Email List.

Nearly every organization is going through Wide Area Network (WAN) Edge Transformation and the continued adoption of Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are a prominent driver of these changes. Business-critical applications and infrastructure are moving to the cloud and legacy WAN architectures no longer meet performance expectations. Business operations require higher performance and availability across distributed enterprises.

While Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) offers businesses dynamic application steering, cost savings, and Direct Internet Access (DIA) for SaaS applications, many organizations are overlooking key requirements as they consume new technology. We’ll explore legacy security architecture and provide insight into how organizations can maintain security posture at the branch while transforming the WAN edge.

Stephen Watkins of Fortinet joins via web conference on Thursday, April 9th, at 5:30pm. As usual our meeting are open to the public and we encourage all local IT professionals, students, and enthusiasts to attend!

Event Details
topic icon Secure SD-WAN
calendar icon April 9th, 2020 @ 5:30pm
location icon Virtual Meeting – Connection details via RISE Email List

Speaker Bio

Stephen Watkins serves as Director and Principal Security Architect at Fortinet where he leads a Global Solution Architecture Team and focuses on Secure SD-WAN and SD-Branch solutions, and the Fortinet Security Fabric. Having more than 25 years IT & Information Security experience and expertise, he is responsible for influencing solution capabilities and evangelizing Fortinet’s portfolio and cybersecurity pedigree throughout industry. Stephen is a published author in the Information Security domain with titles including “Hack the Stack” and regularly speaks about numerous topics at industry events. He has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science (Concentration in Information Security) and has maintained CISSP certification for over 15 years.