Former Cisco CTO, Kevin Bloch, Joins vArmour as an Advisor
We are delighted to welcome Kevin Bloch as advisor to vArmour. Previously CTO of Cisco ANZ, Kevin brings decades of global engineering, product and commercial leadership to the team. At Cisco, he led their APAC expansion into new markets including healthcare, transport and agriculture, driving some of Cisco’s largest corporate deals, including Telstra’s metro ethernet service, IAG’s (insurance) core national digital infrastructure and the deployment of Western Australia’s health network across the state. He is well-known for his top technology trends analysis and predictions presented to tens of thousands of customers each year.
A few words from Kevin on his arrival to vArmour as an advisor:
“My goal is to help organisations make strategic investments in innovation, to scale and commercialise their technology and, where appropriate, to export it to the world. I’ve joined vArmour simply because it is focused on where the market is heading and has great people to lead the way. In a few years, end-user organisations will be ‘infrastructure-free’, meaning they will not own any infrastructure and will rather consume services where relevant and as required.
Whilst this is well underway in terms of cloud and compute, it has recently commenced elsewhere in the form of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) and will eventually extend to everything including switches, routers, access points, gateways, storage, and appliances. Organisations will ‘elastically’ consume infrastructure as-a-Service as they do today with cloud.
This will enable businesses to narrow their security and risk focus to three key areas: applications, data, and connectivity (increasingly via 5G). vArmour adds particular value in Application Relationship Management, covering real-time visibility of applications and user access, consistent policy through orchestrated segmentation and continuous compliance across a multi-vendor estate. Importantly, it does all of this without agents and leverages the existing investments and native controls within the organisation. As every organisation digitises, these are fundamental capabilities for successful business operations, governance and risk management and vArmour is already delivering these today”.
Kevin (Twitter, Linkedin) is the founder of corporate technology advisory firm, Bloch Advisory. Bloch Advisory provides tactical advice and strategic guidance to help its clients in both the current business climate and the long term. It delivers research and insight to the following constituents: end-user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services, and members of the financial community looking to invest in innovative technology companies.