Flying Blind? The Case for API Security & Observability

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January 18, 2022 - West

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Jyoti Bansal Traceable
Jyoti Bansal



Council Speaker

Jyoti Bansal is a serial entrepreneur and a silicon valley technology visionary. Jyoti believes passionately in software’s ability to change the world for the better. He conceived BIG Labs as a vehicle for “parallel entrepreneurship,” where he can co-create companies that can help define the future of software and technology. In 2008, he founded AppDynamics, an application intelligence company that provides enterprises with real-time insights into application performance. Jyoti led the company as Founder & CEO for the first eight years, and as Founder & Chairman for the last one year until its acquisition by Cisco for $3.7 Billion in January 2017. Jyoti has been a recipient of many leadership awards, including Forbes’ “Best Cloud Computing CEO to Work For”, and “Best CEO” by San Francisco Business Times at the Annual Tech & Innovation Award. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ for Northern California in 2016. Jyoti received his BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Prior to founding AppDynamics, Jyoti worked at various silicon valley startups as a software engineer and architect. Jyoti is the lead inventor on 20+ US patents.

Ray Austad Farmers Insurance Group
Ray Austad

Director, Information Security & Risk Management

Farmers Insurance Group

Council Speaker

Ray Austad began his IT and Information Security career in Higher Education and Non-Profit, and pivoted over to financial enterprise after 18 years. Commencing his career with Zurich Farmers Insurance’s Group Information Security as a Business Information Security Officer. In 2014 he joined the Farmers Insurance Group Business Unit to lead Cloud and Application Security, Vulnerability Management, and Incident Response. In 2020 Ray took a different view of Cybersecurity and risks to business by moving over to Farmers Risk Management team. As Director Information Security and Risk Management, the next chapter started with being able to evaluate the organization with a new and intriguing lens. The first quarter was allocated to learning more about Enterprise Risk Management and adjusting to a role of business assurance, opposed to operational execution. The second quarter changed the organization and our personal lives with the pandemic, and provided new, unforeseen challenges. However this offered new opportunities to calculate organization and supplier risks, and view business resiliency differently. Heading into the third quarter, the focus will be on continued improvements with information security risk baselines, collaboration with our operational and business partners to monitor pandemic impacts, and evaluate new and emerging risks.

Brian Nmezi TaxBit
Brian Nmezi

Director, Risk and Security


Council Speaker

Brian Nmezi is Director of Risk and Security at TaxBit. He has over a decade of experience in technical security and GRC where he has built operational security teams, implemented effective detection and response programs, managed risk management teams, and operationalized incident response procedures. Brian has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, and Masters of Science in Cybersecurity and Data Assurance.

Dane VandenBerg Prime Trust
Dane VandenBerg

Head of Security Program Management

Prime Trust

Council Speaker

Dane VandenBerg is currently Head of Security Programs at Prime Trust, a provider of infrastructure for companies managing digital asset. Prior to joining Prime Trust, Dane was the Chief Product Officer at Qintel where he built security platforms for clients in the technology and government space. His knowledge of security tools was informed by his decade-plus experience working side-by-side with clients as an eCrime investigator responsible for the identification and dismantling of several high profile schemes touching the crypto, brokerage, social media, eCommerce and payments spaces.

VJ Viswanathan (1) TORQE
VJ Viswanathan



Council Speaker

VJ Viswanathan is a seasoned global technology executive recognized and awarded for technology innovation, capability transformation and inclusive leadership. Most recently, VJ is the founding partner at CYFORIX, a global cybersecurity research, advisory & strategy firm delivering solutions to public and private sectors. He serves as the CEO at TORQE, a specialized due diligence, advisory and technology services firm delivering value through analytics and automation. VJ is also the co-host of ELEVATEINTEL, a podcast series at the nexus of technology, social and defense. With over 25 years of Enterprise technology, Cyber Security, Privacy, Compliance and Risk Management experience, VJ has a detailed track record of designing, implementing and leading highly successful programs, products & services at multinational brands spanning CPG, Telecom, Media, Supply-chain & Finance segments. As a strategic thought leader, VJ has delivered the first of its kind "Supply Chain Security" & “Omni-channel Risk management” frameworks. As a published author and featured keynote speaker at global industry events, he approaches disruptive digital paradigms with innovation, creativity and active collaboration with his key industry peers, national & international law enforcement and defense groups. VJ is an active advisor, investor at select incubators & accelerators groups. As a strategic advisor to VC & PE firms, he specializes in developing market analysis, competitive product road map and guides in opportunity mapping. As a Board member and subject matter advisor to CEOs and Corporate directors, VJ evaluates and audits cyber security program for veracity and operational effectiveness. VJ is passionate about animal rights and giving back to the technology & security industry. He has created a rescue & foster care group for large breed dogs. He is actively engaged with academic institutions and purpose driven professional groups like ‘Minorities in Cyber security’, where he serves as the Board member and chair of mentorship programs to develop the next generation talent through coaching and facilitating scholarships for cyber security education.


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Flying Blind? The Case for API Security & Observability

Modern banking and financial services are radically changing, continuously transforming through new Apps, Blockchain and disruptive competitors. Interfaces and connections between systems is the reality of our financial systems today, where standards like Open Banking are enabling rapid change and innovation, defining API frameworks for how systems can work together, but now a whole host of new problems have surfaced for software development & IT teams. In the resulting world of cloud-native apps, microservices, and API-driven applications, what we came to rely on for keeping it all running and secure is no longer enough.

In this new fog, we are basically “flying blind”. Modern applications are extremely hard to secure and protect as they are complex and continuously changing. Our visibility of what we have, how it is behaving, and how it is being used (and abused) has diminished tremendously. So how do we begin to see through the fog once again?

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