Shehzad Merchant serves as Chief Technology Officer of Gigamon bringing over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Shehzad served as the CTO at Extreme Networks, and is the author of several networking and communications patents. He is a frequent speaker at various industry events including Interop and Open Networking Summit, and has been engaged with many standards bodies including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Prior to Extreme Networks, he was the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems, following on from various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. Shehzad holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai.
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Shehzad Merchant from Gigamon says it's time for the defenders to take back their advantage
Bad actors are leveraging scalable frameworks and automation to attack their targets. On the other side, companies are still using human-based, manual processes to combat these attacks. The silos within the organization make this even more challenging for them, leaving them to fall behind and face the inevitable. Because of this, it seems the attackers hold the advantage against their targets. However, according to Shehzad Merchant, CTO for Gigamon, we have a chance to reverse the advantage back to the defender. The trick is to leverage the right technologies - such as machine learning + artificial intelligence + automation and orchestration. In order for this to work, however, we need to move from a prevention mindset to one of protection. Think his advice is to have your battles from the inside out using primarily human-driven means? If so, you might want to listen to Shehzad's interview during Black Hat USA 2017 with ITSPmagazine's editor-in-chief, Sean Martin. What he has to say here is short and sweet, but powerful. Enjoy!