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Straight from the Lab: SaltStack innovations showcase

The SaltStack labs team have been hard at work cooking up some incredible new innovations to help IT, security and devops teams tackle the challenges facing them today—and we want to share some of the best with you!

Join SaltStack Co-Founder and CTO, Thomas Hatch, as he takes us through powerful new features and innovations from the brightest minds at SaltStack and throughout the Salt community.

Topics include:
- A million minions: Reaching absurd levels of scale with SaltStack
- Salt and Azure are now an Idem: Optimizing Azure Cloud management with Idem
- POP culture: Plugging in to the most powerful plugin-oriented dev platform
- Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space: Deploying Salt in a single binary
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  • Bridging the IT Security Skills Gap with Automation - Featuring EMA Recorded: Sep 24 2020 45 mins
    Paula Musich, Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates | Kendall Lovett, Director of Product Marketing, SaltStack
    As the shortage of skilled information security practitioners increases, more enterprises are exposed to increasingly complex cyber threats. Can automation make a difference? Does it actually help to alleviate the growing skills gap?

    In this webinar, Paula Musich, Research Director at EMA, will present and discuss findings from a recent EMA study of 200 IT security professionals designed to answer these questions and more.

    Join us to learn:
    - The impact of the IT security skills shortage on organizations today
    - How automation is helping to reduce the gap
    - Which automation and orchestration activities make the biggest impact
    - Which automation strategies are most effective by company size
    - New threats posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and how automation can be used to combat it
  • Wrangling IT Complexity with Event-Driven Infrastructure Automation Recorded: Sep 10 2020 45 mins
    Kendall Lovett - SaltStack Director of Product Marketing
    The paradigm shift towards “digital business” infrastructure has just been kicked into high gear. The pandemic has become a forcing function, bringing the requirements for cloud, edge, containers, etc from "nice to have" to "we need it yesterday." And, at the same time, Operations and security teams are being asked to make this shift with less resources and inadequate budgets. Automation is the only way forward.

    Join us as we demonstrate how SaltStack event-driven automation is empowering IT operations, devops, network, and security teams to tackle pervasive IT challenges like configuration automation, orchestration, hybrid system management—even security and compliance enforcement—at the speed and scale demanded by "Covid19-era digital enterprises."
  • Straight from the Lab: SaltStack innovations showcase Recorded: Aug 6 2020 56 mins
    Thomas Hatch, SaltStack Co-Founder and CTO
    The SaltStack labs team have been hard at work cooking up some incredible new innovations to help IT, security and devops teams tackle the challenges facing them today—and we want to share some of the best with you!

    Join SaltStack Co-Founder and CTO, Thomas Hatch, as he takes us through powerful new features and innovations from the brightest minds at SaltStack and throughout the Salt community.

    Topics include:
    - A million minions: Reaching absurd levels of scale with SaltStack
    - Salt and Azure are now an Idem: Optimizing Azure Cloud management with Idem
    - POP culture: Plugging in to the most powerful plugin-oriented dev platform
    - Phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space: Deploying Salt in a single binary
  • Strategies for Multi-Cloud Security in 2020 Recorded: Aug 3 2020 58 mins
    Terence Jackson (Thycotic), Tim Bach (AppOmni), Michelle McLean (StackRox) & Thomas Hatch (SaltStack)
    Organizations continue to grapple with security challenges associated with running applications in the cloud and on-premise. In today's multi-cloud world, applications are deployed on not just one cloud provider, but across multiple cloud providers. This brings extra complexity, especially in the context of avoiding cloud configuration mistakes, controlling access and authentication, as well as scanning for vulnerabilities.

    Join industry cloud leaders and security experts for a Q&A roundtable discussion on strategies for improved cloud security and to learn more about:
    - Biggest challenges for cloud security
    - Cloud misconfiguration and how to avoid common mistakes
    - Cloud vulnerability scanning
    - Digital identity, authentication and cloud access
    - How to continue offering your customers and users the agility they have come to expect employing data protection measures
    - Recommendations for CISO for improving cloud security in 2020 and beyond

    Speakers:
    Terence Jackson, Chief Information Security Officer, Thycotic
    Tim Bach, Vice President of Engineering, AppOmni
    Michelle McLean, Vice President of Marketing, StackRox
    Thomas Hatch, Founder and CTO, SaltStack
  • Service Management-Driven Network Automation with SaltStack and Do IT Wise Recorded: Jul 15 2020 53 mins
    Sean Brown and Dave Fidler from SaltStack, and Do IT Wise
    Network automation is not a new goal but remains elusive for many organisations. Past solutions have seemed complex, brittle, expensive and underwhelming and many projects have stalled through the inability to realise value within a reasonable timeframe. In this webinar we will introduce service management driven network automation with the encapsulation of authorisation, business process and approvals coupled to execution and realisation of the requested change. Demonstrations shall be provided that incorporate ServiceNow, SaltStack, Cisco and Palo Alto devices.
  • Using SaltStack + Kenna Security to Find What Matters and Fix It Fast Recorded: Jun 18 2020 41 mins
    Mehul Revankar - SaltStack Director of Product Management | Linda Brown, Kenna Director of Technical Product Marketing
    Kenna Security will be joining us to talk through the latest SaltStack integration and how using Kenna risk-based security and SaltStack automation together can help SecOps teams find, prioritize and fix vulnerabilities fast.
  • Automating legacy Windows to work like the cloud with NICE Nexidia Recorded: Apr 30 2020 40 mins
    James Watson - System Operations Engineer at NICE Nexidia, Kendall Lovett - Director of Product Marketing at SaltStack
    Join us to learn how the DevOps team at NICE Nexidia uses SaltStack to create consistency, control, and cloud scale across 100+ single-tenant Windows environments—each with its own unique customer requirements.

    James Watson, System Operations Engineer and principal SaltStack operator at NICE Nexidia, will walk us through the challenge of maintaining and optimizing over 1,000 Windows systems and how they used SaltStack event-driven orchestration to cut their maintenance time in half and improve their team utilization efficiency by 80%
  • A 2020 Approach to Automating Infrastructure Management Recorded: Apr 23 2020 47 mins
    Alex Peay, (SaltStack), John Gentry (Virtana) Nital Gandhi (BOIT Consulting), Craig Theriac (Scale Computing)
    Infrastructure management in 2020 is a different game to the one it was in previous decades. In 2020, automation is the key differentiator, making waves across data center software and hardware and bringing in the ability to automatically detect and monitor connectivity, document the presence of network devices, update records with any modifications - and much more.

    This intelligent approach to the data center is fast becoming mission-critical, but there are challenges that need to be overcome in order to ensure the approach taken is the right one.

    Join this panel of experts as they discuss these automation infrastructure challenges and how to overcome them, including:

    - How data scale and edge-to-core data center architectures impact automation management strategies
    - How to overcome the hurdle of integrating DCIM automation tools
    - How to ensure automation management is a benefit to data center teams, not a threat

    Speakers:
    Alex Peay, Senior Vice President of Product, SaltStack (Moderator)
    John Gentry, CTO, Virtana
    Nital Gandhi, Founder, BOIT Consulting
    Craig Theriac, Director of Product Management, Scale Computing
  • Automated Security Operations in 2020: Pipe dream or reality? Recorded: Apr 16 2020 45 mins
    Brian Kime - Senior Analyst for Forrester, Mehul Revankar - Director of Product at SaltStack
    In this webinar we'll be joined by special guest Brian Kime, Senior Analyst at Forrester, to discuss the state of security operations in 2020.

    We’ll discuss the state of security operations in 2020. We'll also cover how emerging threats and increasingly exposed tech footprints are causing organizations to rethink how they truly secure their digital infrastructure.

    We’ll share recommendations for managing the separation of duties between security and operations teams to close the gap between vulnerability scanning and remediation. And we’ll show how SecOps automation will play a central role in hardening and enforcing continuous IT security in 2020.
  • SaltStack + Tenable for Automated Vulnerability Remediation Recorded: Feb 13 2020 44 mins
    Mehul Revankar - SaltStack Director of Product Management, Kendall Lovett - SaltStack Director of Product Marketing
    In this webinar, SaltStack director or product, Mehul Revankar will detail the latest new features in SaltStack Protect—a vulnerability remediation module for SaltStack Enterprise—including integrations with Tenable, Rapid7, and Qualys that allow SaltStack users to ingest scans from each vendor and remediate them with powerful SaltStack automation.
  • Building a Scalable DevOps Toolchain using SaltStack and ServiceNow Recorded: Jan 30 2020 33 mins
    Brandon Bird - Progressive Leasing Sr. Systems Engineer, Kendall Lovett - SaltStack Dir. of Product Marketing
    Progressive Leasing needed a better way to audit and automate infrastructure deployment as part a more scalable DevOps toolchain. Configuration management and versioning using SaltStack Enterprise integrated with ServiceNow CMDB did the trick.

    Attend this webinar to learn how Progressive Leasing used SaltStack and GitFS for automated, full-stack deployment across multiple repos, and how they addressed performance issues at scale. Learn how they ultimately created an integrated and automated DevOps toolchain using Salt Runners for GitLab, and how integrating with ServiceNow allows them to deploy and audit server infrastructure based on desired-state versions for efficient, repeatable, and consistent enterprise infrastructure.
  • SaltStack Open Source Innovation - A First Look at POP, Heist, and Umbra Recorded: Jan 9 2020 46 mins
    Thomas Hatch, SaltStack CTO and technical founder
    In this webinar Thomas Hatch, SaltStack CTO and creator of the Salt open source project, will introduce three new open source projects from SaltStack.

    Join this webinar to learn why Tom created the POP, Heist, and Umbra open source projects and how they can be used standalone or to extend and enhance the power of Salt for infrastructure automation and configuration management. Tom will also share his vision for these projects and detail roadmap highlights for each.

    The open source projects that will be covered in this session include:
    - POP: Plugin-Oriented Programming
    - Heist: Dissolvable agents
    - Umbra: Plugin-based AI/ML engine

    For more details on each project, visit https://www.saltstack.com/open-source-projects/
  • SaltStack integrated with ServiceNow for closed-loop IT and security automation Recorded: Nov 22 2019 36 mins
    Kendall Lovett - SaltStack Director of Product Marketing, Joseph Hall - SaltStack Sr. Cloud and Integrations Engineer
    SaltStack is an intelligent IT automation platform that controls and secures the largest, most complex IT environments on the planet. In this webinar, we'll detail how SaltStack integrates with the ServiceNow New York release to combine the strengths of SaltStack infrastructure automation and security with the industry-leading ServiceNow IT service management platform. We'll also detail common customer use cases, including delivering best-in-class, closed-loop IT automation and change management to eliminate manual work, improve MTTR, and remediate critical security issues at any scale.
  • ActualTech Virtual Summit: Architecting and Supporting the Pillars of IT in 2020 Recorded: Nov 7 2019 29 mins
    Tom Hatch, Co-Founder and CTO of SaltStack
    Find out why Security and Operations teams have competing interests, how to break down those barriers and get them working on the same team.
  • The Secret to Winning IT Security Roulette Recorded: Oct 24 2019 42 mins
    Thomas Hatch, SaltStack CTO and technical founder
    There is too much talk in IT security and not enough action. But the reality is you probably don't have the people or the tools to effectively act to secure your IT infrastructure. There is hope. Let's fix IT. Join the CTO of SaltStack, Tom Hatch, for a presentation on hope for the future of IT security.

    The pace of infrastructure growth and resulting complexity is overwhelming. Old security tech and processes, combined with overwhelmed and understaffed IT and security teams, simply can't protect against a new and evolving threat landscape. Security exploits are proliferating faster than ever before.

    You already know this, but according to SC Magazine in the first half of 2019 there were almost 4000 unique data breaches resulting in more than 4 billion records being compromised.

    The hard truth is almost all of these security breaches could've been avoided. Gartner said 99% of exploited vulnerabilities occur on misconfigured, unpatched systems KNOWN to IT security teams.

    Security and IT teams need help winning security roulette. Let's fix IT with fully automated, truly collaborative vulnerability remediation.
  • ActualTech Demo: SaltStack Enterprise Security and Networking EcoCast Recorded: Oct 16 2019 34 mins
    Moe Anderson, SVP Engineering
    From the ActualTech Presentation:

    What You Need to Know
    Data breaches are happening every day and are highlighted on the evening news. That's NOT the kind of notoriety that your company needs! In today's world, every organization has concerns about their data and network security, but the real question is - what steps should you take to protect yourself?

    On this fast-paced event you'll learn about the most innovative security and networking tools that are available to you today, how they can help you, and how to implement them. You'll get all your questions answered and do it without having to leave the comfort of your office or home! (and have a chance to win some valuable prizes)

    Here's why you should join:
    - Learn how these cutting-edge security solutions work to protect your company
    - Find out the benefits and differences of each of these solutions
    - See these solutions in action, with LIVE demos
    - Get all your questions answered, in one place
  • Implementing Foundational Cybersecurity Controls with CIS & SaltStack SecOps Recorded: Oct 10 2019 44 mins
    Adam Montville, Center for Internet Security Chief Product Architect, and Mehul Revankar, SaltStack Director of Product
    Achieving continuous compliance with security policy for IT infrastructure is no easy task. The IT security challenge is becoming even more difficult with talent shortages, shrinking threat windows, and rapidly increasing infrastructure complexity at scale.

    The possibility of achieving continuous compliance isn't the pipe dream it used to be thanks to industry-validated CIS Benchmarks, and technology that provides collaboration for security operations teams and automation for system-level infrastructure security.

    Security operations teams often use multiple regulatory frameworks to guide their cybersecurity strategy. No matter the framework, foundational cybersecurity is a great first step toward compliance. For example, PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, and others require IT infrastructure to be configured to a hardened, gold standard.

    Cybersecurity goes well beyond simple compliance – it helps protect mission-critical IT systems from the most pervasive cybercriminals and their relentless attacks.

    Join Adam Montville, Center for Internet Security Chief Product Architect, and Mehul Revankar, SaltStack Director of Product to learn how your team can make significant strides towards continuous compliance today. Together we will provide an actionable plan for security operations teams to balance compliance and innovation in an era of digital transformation and never-ending security risks.
  • SaltStack SecOps for Vulnerability Remediation Overview Recorded: Sep 26 2019 46 mins
    Mehul Revankar - SaltStack director of product / Rhett Glauser - SaltStack VP of marketing
    Earlier this year SaltStack launched a continuous compliance module that revolutionized the SecOps industry by allowing security and operations team to define CIS-certified policies, scan systems against them, and automatically remediate. Next month SaltStack will be launching its next game-changing SecOps module for vulnerability remediation.

    In this webinar we will discuss and demo the new module. We'll cover how SaltStack SecOps allows IT and Security teams to:

    - natively scan for over 20,000 CVEs (native in SaltStack, no scanning tool required!)
    - prioritize vulnerabilities based on severity and risk
    - use intelligent automation to remediate faster, more efficiently, and more often
    - integrate and orchestrate security workflows with existing tools

    We will also cover pricing, availability, and how you can get early access to the vulnerability remediation beta.
  • DZone: NetApp, Automating the Ops in DevOps Using SaltStack and Kubernetes Recorded: Jul 11 2019 41 mins
    Jacob Weinstock, NetApp Infrastructure Engineer
    IT operations teams are on the hook to hold up their end of the DevOps bargain and help keep development teams productive and efficient. The DevOps handshake is in effect at NetApp and the NetApp Core Infrastructure team is driving substantial efficiencies in to their DevOps process. Attend this webinar to learn how NetApp leveraged the power of SaltStack and Kubernetes to help their development teams provision cloud infrastructure in minutes instead of months. Jacob Weinstock, NetApp infrastructure engineer, describes how he utilized intelligent automation and a restful API to provide fully orchestrated, self-service virtual machine clusters to the NetApp development teams in the true spirit of DevOps.
  • Customer Spotlight - Automating SecOps for IT Security and Continuous Compliance Recorded: Jul 9 2019 48 mins
    Brian Armstrong, IBM Cloud network engineering executive; Stephen Dumesnil, IBM Cloud manager, network engineering governance
    Attend this SaltStack webinar to learn how IBM Cloud automates continuous compliance for efficient IT security at scale. Brian and Stephen are leading an effort across IBM Cloud global security, IT, and governance teams to scope, mitigate, and audit problems in hours rather than weeks across a substantial network infrastructure to stay ahead of rapidly proliferating threat landscape. Learn how the team is automating and orchestrating the work of SecOps to deliver dramatic improvements in efficiency including a 75% reduction in the time needed to coordinate priorities between security and IT operations teams. IBM Cloud is now able to automatically roll out new security policies and quickly react to any new security threats using a comprehensive command and control platform that combines event-driven automation, remote execution, configuration management, policy definition and scanning, and vulnerability remediation.
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