Unigroup's October 2019 Meeting Announcements


SDN/SDP - Software Defined Network Perimeter with Data Center Trends Update.

Jim Anthony, VP Cybersecurity,
Kerry O'Brien, NYC Team Member

Thursday, 17-OCT-2019      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: LL210    (*** New Building, Lower Level ***)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

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Unigroup's October 2019 meeting will be on SDN/SDP - Software Defined Network Perimeter along with a Datacenter Security+Networking Trends Update. Our speakers are from Cyxtera, who operate over 50 Data Centers, and who have been promoting a standards-based SDP implementation.


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      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
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Topic: SDN/SDP - Software Defined Network Perimeter with Data Center Trends Update.

Related Topics/Keywords:

Computer Security, Computer Networking, Computer Security Perimeter, SDN - Software Defined Networking, SDP - Software Defined Perimeter, Secure Infrastructure, Computer Network Security Trends, Data Center Trends.

Introduction & Description of Talks:

This meeting will be exploring some new technologies and standards for dealing with modern distributed computing environments and their security and networking needs. We will also discuss computer networking and security trends from a Data Center operator's perspective.

Presentation Outline:

Presentation: The Best of Colo and Cloud. As the newness wears off IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), customers are increasingly realizing that some workloads really should run on dedicated, physical infrastructure. Problem is, they've either shutdown their own data centers, or they've let their teams of hardware experts go... or both! With reverse migration in mind, the need for colocation, managed single-tenant hardware platforms and other options, while being delivered with some cloud-like capabilities, such as scalability on demand, OpEx pricing models and shared responsibilities becomes more important. Join us to explore some of these options being made available throughout the industry, based on partnerships, expertise and unique skillsets.

Presentation: The best of VPN, Firewall and NAC, in one product that works everywhere. CISOs everywhere are realizing one basic fact: if something can be found on the network, you can be attacked. Traditional IP-based security solutions are becoming increasing attacked, undermined and overwhelmed. They're becoming irrelevant. What's there to take it's place? Efforts led by Gartner, Forrester and even NIST are helping to define and bring to light an entirely new class of network security solutions that incorporate user identity, posture, and context, along with pinpoint access, dynamic adjustments, encryption everywhere and common/ubiquitous security constructs to light. These solutions are often referred to as Software Defined Perimeter, Zero Trust, CARTA or even ZTNA. Join us to explore some of the realities of these changes, why they're coming, what they mean, who are the players and how to try them out.

Detailed outline:

References & Web Resources:

   NIST Publication NIST.SP.800-207 Zero-Trust Architecture (.pdf):

   Cloud Security Alliance/CSA SDP/Software-Defined-Perimeter:

   Cloud Security Alliance/CSA SDP/Software-Defined-Perimeter Specification:

   Wikipedia on Software Defined Perimeter:

   Network World on Software Defined Perimeter:

   Network World on Software Defined Perimeter Deployment:

   TechTarget on Software Defined Perimeter:

   Cyxtera Blog on Software Defined Perimeter:

   Cyxtera Web Site:

   Cyxtera CXD Overview:

   Cyxtera AppGate Overview:

   Cyxtera AppGate Admin Guide:


Jim Anthony, VP Cybersecurity, Cyxtera.

Jim Anthony (AppGate speaker): Leading Cyxtera's Cybersecurity Solutions Engineering Team since 2015, Jim spent the previous 10 years serving as a Sales Engineer for AT&T's Hosting and Managed Services Division, as the Director for Data Return's IT Operations Outsourcing Division and as the Vice President of Sales Engineering for Verizon's Cloud and Managed Hosting group (formerly Terremark). His focus has been on large, complex security and managed hosting opportunities that leverage consolidation, virtualization and cloud services as major parts of the delivery method. Prior to Data Return, Jim held various positions with Content Delivery Network, ERP and Database Software Companies and owned his own consulting company from 1996 through 2000. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Computer Science from Minnesota State University at Mankato and resides in San Diego with his wife.

Kerry O'Brien, Cyxtera.

Kerry O'Brien (CXD speaker): To-be-announced.


[as seen on http://www.cyxtera.com/about-us ...]

Cyxtera represents a vision founded at the confluence of two revolutionary forces: the continued evolution of enterprise IT, and a transformation in infrastructure security. Today's IT estates run in more locations, on more platforms, and with more diverse models than ever before. Enterprise IT is dynamic, distributed, and deeply interconnected. The problem is, too many providers are applying yesterday's security to today's IT. Hardware-centric and inflexible in an API-driven universe. Perimeter-focused in a world without boundaries. The same old cumbersome, expensive firewalls with thousands of static rules trying in vain to secure a world in constant motion.

Cyxtera is the secure infrastructure company. By combining a modern, hybrid-ready information security fabric with an uncommonly diverse and distributed footprint of 57 world-class data centers, Cyxtera delivers a secure platform for connecting and protecting dedicated infrastructure, private clouds and public clouds.

For further information, visit the Cyxtera Web Site: http://www.cyxtera.com


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

** However, due to a continuing situation at our caterer, we are planning to have: pizza (cheese+veggy), soda, water, cookies, and brownies at this meeting.

Cyxtera will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting. Thanks Cyxtera!

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