Dinner for Irvine IT Leaders

Fortifying the Cloud with Zero-Trust: A Hero's Journey


Tue, October 24, 2023


5:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST

In an era where cyber threats are constantly evolving, a Zero Trust security strategy is essential to protect our most sensitive data and critical assets. During this exclusive dinner, we will discuss how organizations embrace Zero Trust, on this hero’s journey towards robust security with VMware. Our Field CISO, Ray Heffer, will guide you through the key principles of Zero Trust and demonstrate how VMware’s security capabilities can be integrated to form a solid defense. By exploring the anatomy of a ransomware attack, along with security best practices, we’ll offer a comprehensive guide that equips senior security leaders with the tools to create a more robust shield against today’s cyber threats.


5:00 PM PST Welcome Reception and Arrivals with Refreshments

6:00 PM PST Leadership Discussion

  • Introduction (5 mins)
    The peer executive will engage the audience for brief introductions and discuss the format and key takeaways from the guided interaction conversation and dinner discussions.
  • Guided Interactive Conversation (25 mins)
    • Understanding Zero Trust: Explore the Zero Trust security model’s role in today’s threat landscape and gain insights tailored for senior security leaders.
    • Implementing Zero Trust with VMware: Discover practical ways to use VMware NSX’s advanced capabilities, building a robust framework that ensures comprehensive protection across your infrastructure.
    • Success Stories and Best Practices: Learn from real-world examples and key takeaways on how to effectively communicate the value of Zero Trust within your organization, fostering a culture of continuous security innovation.
  • Open Forum Discussion (30 mins)
    This discussion will be based on the list of challenges discussed already and will take the format of group brainstorming and open discussion to come up with suggestions and solutions to common challenges at the executive level.

7:15 PM PST Dinner Service

9:00 PM PST Conclusion


Ray Heffer

Field CISO, VMware

Ray Heffer is an established cybersecurity and privacy professional with over 25 years of experience in the field. As a Field Chief Information Security Officer (Field CISO) for VMware, Ray employs his comprehensive knowledge and background in information security to offer guidance, support, and expertise to VMware's customers. His areas of expertise encompass cloud architecture, security, compliance, and privacy. Over the years, Ray has earned multiple certifications, such as (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and the prestigious double VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification, holding VCDX #122.

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