While hackers continue their assaults on networks via increasingly creative—and disruptive—Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, IT leaders are faced with the choice of implementing security measures on their own, or turning to the cloud-based services now available. Nemertes Research Principal Security Analyst, John Burke, provides an overview of the current network threat landscape, and then assesses the pros and cons of Do-It-Yourself versus Cloud-Based DDoS options. John is joined by Stephen Hutnik, AT&T Chief Security Office, Lead Member of Technical Staff, who will share his insight on DDoS threats and review best practices for securing your network, along with an overview of the AT&T DDoS solution.
John Burke is a Principal Research Analyst with Nemertes Research, where he advises key enterprise and vendor clients, conducts and analyzes primary research, and writes thought-leadership pieces across a wide variety of topics. John leads research on big data, analytics, and virtualization, focusing on cloud technologies supporting Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), as well as IaaS and PaaS providers; information stewardship, big data and analytics; and server, desktop, network, and storage virtualization. He also covers security related to all these topics, as well as SOA, and network and performance management.
As research analyst and consultant, John draws on his past experience as a practitioner and director of IT to better understand the needs of IT executives and the challenges facing vendors trying to sell to them. His experience has given him broad and deep knowledge in computing, communications, and IT management.
John holds a Master’s degree in the history of science and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, both from The Johns Hopkins University. He devotes his spare time to family, urban gardening, bird watching, and wild mushroom hunting.
Stephen is a Lead Member of the Technical Staff in the AT&T Chief Security Organization. He is the lead architect for the Internet Protect and DDOS family of services. In this role Stephen is responsible for providing technical direction for service enhancements and future service feature sets.
Stephen received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Information Systems from Pace University. He was with IBM for 14 years before coming to ATT in 1999 as part of the IBM Global Network acquisition. At IBM Stephen was part of the Advanced Network Services team responsible for certification and test of network technologies used within the IBM networks.
Stephen is the co-author of 3 Cisco related books for McGraw-Hill and an Adjunct Professor at Pace University.
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