February 1-2, 2023 | Seattle, WA
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Wednesday, February 1 • 11:00am - 11:35am
Standardization and Security - A Perfect Match - Ravi Devineni & Vinny Carpenter, Northwestern Mutual

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How often have you scrolled through Netflix and had trouble finding something to watch? Or found yourself standing, staring at a kaleidoscope of flavors of ice cream at the grocery store? Choice is a luxury. We all prefer to have more options, not less. This is why ample choices are often considered a symbol of privilege. However, there comes a point when too many choices can start to hinder our decision-making ability. Too many choices can also hinder our security posture. At Northwestern Mutual, we’ve had multiple tools (choices) - Multiple systems for Source Code, Build, artifact storage, deployment etc. Furthermore, we had various patterns of development and templates, with teams left with the choice to pick “what’s best for them.” All the evidence indicated that all this choice was causing the teams to feel overwhelmed and hence creating inefficiency and increasing our time to market, leading to a paradox of choice. A Paradox of Choice with overabundance of options could lead to anxiety, dissatisfaction and many ways to exploit systems. So we decided to tackle this. There are several technical, cultural, and organizational implications to this. Join us as we share the story of how Northwestern Mutual improved our Cloud Security posture through standardization.

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Ravi Devineni

Senior Director of Engineering, Northwestern Mutual
Ravi Devineni is a Senior Director of Engineering at Northwestern Mutual for a team responsible for DevOps, CI/CD and Open source tooling for the enterprise. Ravi is also an active speaker having spoken at several DevOps and Cybersecurity conferences. Previously Ravi worked at companies... Read More →
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Vinny Carpenter

Vice President of Engineering, Northwestern Mutual
Vinny Carpenter is a Vice President of Engineering in Infrastructure and Cloud Services (ICS), leading the Cloud and DevOps Engineering organization at Northwestern Mutual (NM). Vinny is an accomplished and results-driven Technology Leader with over 30 years of experience and substantial... Read More →

Wednesday February 1, 2023 11:00am - 11:35am PST
Room 602/603
  Security Education + Teaming
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