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Mark Ryland, Chief Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

 Mark  Ryland
Mark Ryland is the technology leader in Amazon Web Service’s World Wide Public Sector (WWPS) team, reporting to the Vice President of WWPS. Mr. Ryland leads a team of Solutions Architects who provide AWS technical evangelism and knowledge transfer to government and education customers around the globe. He also serves as a key interface between the GPS team and the engineering, security, and compliance teams at AWS, ensuring that public sector customer requirements are front-and-center in product/service planning and roadmaps.

Ryland has more than 20 years of experience in technology industry, beginning with Microsoft Federal Systems, where he served as a Senior Architectural Engineer in the early 1990s, leading a team of Architectural Engineers and Systems Engineers. He continued at Microsoft for ten years, serving in a variety of software engineering and technical evangelism roles on projects like Windows Cairo, COM/DCOM/OLE, SOAP, and others. In the late 1990s he started and ran the first standards organization at Microsoft, serving as Director of Standards Strategy until he left Microsoft in 2000. Subsequently, Ryland served as CTO of two start-up companies, as well as Vice-President and Director of the Washington DC office of a Seattle-based policy group. He rejoined Microsoft in 2008 as
National Standards Officer for the USA, later switching back to an engineering role as a principal program manager in Microsoft’s identity and access team, where he worked on Active Directory, Office 365 directory, and the Azure Access Control Service. In the early days of his career before joining Microsoft, he was a lawyer with the firm of Latham & Watkins after clerking on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ryland joined the AWS WWPS team in September 2011 and brings a wealth of software engineering, IT security, networking, technical evangelism, and policy skills to the team.

Presentation: "Securing the Cloud: Identity Management and Network Security in The Cloud"

Time: Monday 12:05 - 13:05

Location: Robinson/Whitman


Can you securely deploy your applications in the Cloud? In this driven-by-example talk, we will analyze two key dimensions of security in the cloud: identity and access management and control over network access and packet flows. We dig deep into Identity Access and Management (IAM) capabilities and APIs in AWS, including access policies, Multi-Factor Authentication, etc.  Cloud computing can actually offer richer, more dynamic access control over your network, all configurable via API calls. We will share the possibilities, and teach you how to secure your cloud network via demos and examples. We will close with some best and worst security practices of operating in the cloud. Worried about compliance? We will briefly discuss ITAR, FISMA, FIPS 140-2, PCI, HIPAA, and other compliance regimes!  The audience will walk away with key insights into the security capabilities in the cloud, while taking home lessons that can be applied immediately.