How to Operationalize Cloud Security
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Keeping it simple is Brett’s mantra, and it has led to a great amount of success for him and the company he works for. As a security leader at Zoetis, the world’s largest animal healthcare company, Brett has managed to get ahead of the business in terms of adopting cloud securely. Although it may sound boring, standardizing security processes was a key element in the journey to automation for the Zoetis SOC. 

In today’s episode, Brett also talks about how he ended up in the world of cybersecurity after majoring in ecommerce, the different facets that make up his current role at Zoetis, as well as some of the tools that are extremely useful to Brett and his team. Brett also opines on how automation has led to a reduction in talent-drain on his team. We also briefly delve into the SolarWinds hack and how this changed the way Brett thinks and approaches supply chain security. 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Getting ahead of the business, build it before they come!
  • Standardization MUST come before automation.
  • Automation reduces talent-drain.
  • Metrics that Brett and his team follow up on constantly.

Tweetables:

“Standardization...I just live and die by our process. We're very process-oriented. You can do that in the cloud but you have to take time to do that, and that's how it should be done.” — Brett Tode [0:10:38]

“Your standardized processes are the things that really are going to keep you in control and keep you effective over time. Automation is really cool and great because it's going to save us time. But without that standardized process, you can never get to automation.” — Brett Tode [0:13:04]

“In almost everything I do, I try to keep things simple. Don't try to make something so complex from the get-go because it’s just never going to work.” — Brett Tode [0:24:49]

“We’re always going to strive to be better. I think everyone should do that because making yourself better is just providing more value for the company. At the end of the day, that's what we're all supposed to be doing.” — Brett Tode [0:25:52]


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Brett on LinkedIn

Zoetis Careers

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