Is a Secure Cloud the Impossible Dream?

Ron Herardian of Basil Security, Inc.

Tue, Mar 12 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm PDT              Is a Secure Cloud the Impossible Dream? 2 Is a Secure Cloud the Impossible Dream? 3

Location: SEMI, Milpitas, CA 

6 – 7 PM:  AV-SIG – LIDAR Sensor Architectures for Safety-Critical Applications   Info →

The Cloud is everywhere these days: online transaction delivery, your music, and the list goes on.  As a result, the Cloud is attacked constantly by bad actors, and security breaches affecting tens of millions of people are now a common occurrence.  So, how is this huge cloud security issue being addressed?  Three words: OPSEC for DevOps.

Also called DevSecOps (Development + Security + Operations), this approach requires everyone in any organization with a cloud presence to take responsibility for security – with security decisions distributed to those who best understand the context of the decisions.  Security practices are integrated into the DevOps (Development + Operations) process in order to bridge the gaps between IT and security without compromising fast, safe delivery from the Cloud.  However, the numbers don’t lie: 28% of cyberattacks are insider attacks, 37% of data breaches are caused by errors and 7% of data breaches are caused by internal bad actors.  The bad guys are winning.

In most organizations, human experts and trusted personnel are engaged to address the growing threat landscape.  However, organizational structures and best practices are not adequate in themselves.  As Albert Einstein said “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

In this talk, CNSV member Ron Herardian will show how different variants of the the cloud work, where the biggest vulnerabilities are, and how these are being addressed to protect your security.

Is a Secure Cloud the Impossible Dream? 5About the speaker,  Ron Herardian of Basil Security, Inc.

Ron Herardian is Co-Founder and CEO of Basil Security, Inc.  He has a 20-year track record of success in enterprise software as a founder, investor, board member and adviser, as well as serving in multiple engineering, consulting and CxO roles.  Security responsibilities have included DevOps and Information Security (InfoSec), including SOC 2 (a security auditing procedure) and GDPR (the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation) compliance.

Ron has worked for IBM Lotus, Cisco and Oracle, and is a Stanford Univ. alumnus, an IEEE member, and a Senior ACM Member. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events, has co-authored two books, and has written many whitepapers and articles.

Location: SEMI, Milpitas, CA

673 S Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035
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Early SIG meeting schedule:

6:00 PM  – SIG Meeting (CNSV Special Interest Group) :
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AV-SIG:  LIDAR Sensor Architectures for Safety-Critical Applications

Modern electronics has played an ever-important role in automobile safety for a number of years, with sensors, actuators and computer-controlled systems being integral to modern automobile design.  The resultant increased complexity has driven the need for a new paradigm for safety systems.  The ISO-26262 standard for “Road vehicles — Functional Safety” describes requirements, processes and an automotive-specific risk-based approach to determine integrity levels (also known as Automotive Safety Integrity Levels, or ASILs).

Sensors such as LIDAR are used extensively in automobiles today to enable partial or full Autonomous Driving functionality.  However, the functional and safety requirements required for LIDAR demand an innovative architecture.  Flash LIDAR is an approach that illuminates an entire scene with a single flash, then uses a two-dimensional array of tiny sensors to detect light as it bounces back from different directions.  This presentation will address an architectural use case for an IC flash LIDAR that addresses safety-critical applications such as emergency braking.

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Vincenzo Sacco has worked his way at Melexis from an analog design engineer and project manager to global functional safety manager and now OEM Business Development Manager.  He is responsible to expand the company’s business in the area of Electric Vehicle and Autonomous driving.  He received his PhD in 2006 jointly from the Univ. of Catania (Italy) and LIRMM in Montpelier (France) with a thesis on magnetic micro-sensors in MEMS and CMOS technologies. Vincenzo has authored more than 50 papers and has been granted 3 patents.