The Official Vera Blog

November 4, 2016

The Great Debate: How to Protect Crown Jewel Data? Ask David Baker of Okta

The countdown to Versus is officially on! With our groundbreaking lineup up of speakers and fierce debates, we’re already 80% sold out with only two weeks to go.

Today, we’re excited to welcome Okta as an official Versus 16 partner. Last year, Vera joined the Okta Application Network to help businesses streamline access to cloud apps through Okta’s identity management solution and use Vera to track, control, and revoke permissions to confidential information, no matter where it’s stored. Fast forward a year later, and Okta is joining us (along with Illumio, Dropbox, Menlo Security, and Skyhigh Networks) to challenge what we know about security in today’s digital age.

I’m also excited to announce our  our third debate: Data vs. Network vs. Identity Security: Where Do You Start?, featuring Okta’s CSO, David Baker, CEO of New Context, Daniel Riedel, and CEO and co-founder of Vera, Ajay Arora. Moderating the debate will be VP of Strategy at Cobalt, Caroline Wong.

This head-to-head battle will explore what we’re all trying to protect: crown jewel data. But the unanswered question is, where do you begin? In this debate, our speakers will challenge what the priority should be for your organization–do you begin with the network, identity or securing the data directly? This is just one of many debates and TED-style talks happening at Versus 16. Check out the full agenda here.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Okta’s CSO, David Baker, and see why he’s excited to take part in this debate and experience for Versus for the first time.

Here’s what he had to say:

What excites you about Versus and what makes this conference stand out from other security events you’ve attended?
Versus has a great lineup of presentations, and I’m looking forward to hearing each speaker’s take on the critical security issues facing businesses today. I’m most excited, however, for the head-to-head debates. I’m tackling the topic of prioritizing data vs. network vs. identity security with Ajay from  Vera, and Daniel Riedel, from New Context. My take is a little different from theirs: at Okta, we believe in a new enterprise security model with identity at the core.

How is Okta challenging the status quo when it comes to security?
The traditional idea of the enterprise network boundary is vanishing as employees increasingly access company data from mobile devices and cloud applications. More and more, the network perimeter is defined by employee identity, and securing this “Identity Perimeter” by managing identities’ access to applications and mobile devices has become mission-critical. As a leader in identity, Okta is best positioned to lead the way in this new world. We do this through single sign-on, strong authentication and lifecycle management; risk-based analytics; and contextual access policies and centralized reporting. When people can securely connect to the tools they need to do their most important work, companies are empowered to re-invent themselves and their industries.

Why should people register to attend Versus? In your opinion, what makes this event especially unique?
Vera has done a great job putting together its inaugural security conference. As security needs become increasingly complex, Versus presents a great opportunity to discuss and debate the most pressing topics from a diversity of viewpoints and experiences. Vera has also kept the event to a small, exclusive community, so attendees have the chance to add their voice to the conversation as we strive to best address the needs of the industry. Looking forward to it!

Get important updates and announcements by following @VeraSecurity and @Okta on Twitter, and by following the hashtag #Versus16.

And more importantly, register today! We’re more than 80% sold out, so don’t miss your chance to join the debate:

By, Robin Daniels

Chief Marketing Officer

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