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Dimitri McKay

Dimitri McKay is a Security Architect and technology evangelist at Splunk. He has over 13 years experience working with Fortune 500 companies on network and systems engineering and security administration. McKay is a regular speaker at security events and frequent contributor to industry blogs and trade magazines on topics related to network and cloud security, compliance, SIEM and big data. He studied computer science and information technology at NYU and Harvard University. You can follow him on Twitter via @dimitrimckay.

Recent articles by Dimitri McKay

  • Why go cloud? Because their correlation engine is bigger and badder than yours. Because they have the staff, experience and higher level of visibility to make better decisions.
  • PCI-DSS has made it possible for organizations to now virtualize their infrastructure and begin saving money with consolidation. But moving the PCI-DSS related products and processes to the public cloud is just not yet an easy task. How can your organization stay compliant with virtualization yet still stay within the data security standards?
  • One of the biggest challenges for the enterprise is sorting out how to run its operations from the cloud in order to perform proper log management. But having access to log data is essential in order to get the visibility you need to optimize and secure your cloud environment.
  • Cloud computing offers many ways to save money, as well as increase reliability and security. This is made feasible through the deployment and interoperability of three cloud platform types: IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.
  • I’ve gone on and on about how cloud providers offer services as soon as said services are available. Security isn’t the priority. Feature set is driven by monetary momentum. Development dollars swirl around new features for new money. That’s just part of the joy of capitalism. Cloud providers, this one is for you.
  • Understanding the hypervisor risks is one step toward securing them, and although much of the hyper-jacking conversation has been theoretical, don’t set yourself up in a place where you could be compromised
  • When building a private cloud, it’s important to remember that security is a bit different, but security practices are still the same.
  • One of the most common questions about cloud security is around privacy and regulatory compliance. Questions around government mandates and industry requirements abound from IT managers considering a shift to the cloud—most of which relate to multi-tenancy.
  • In the world of Cloud Computing, there are public clouds, private clouds and hybrid clouds. Depending on what type of service or data you’re dealing with, you’ll want to compare the different options of each can offer.
  • At the end of the day, cloud-based disaster recovery allows you to add important capabilities to your IT infrastructure at a reduced cost—especially when you consider your alternative options.
  • So you’ve decided to test the waters of cloud computing, but you have some concerns. You don’t know what you don’t know. Let’s start with a few tips you may want to consider when defining your SLA with the Cloud Provider.