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Security in the Cloud: Tech Talk [Video]


With the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting surge in remote work, many IT leaders are realizing the importance of implementing a cloud strategy. While these leaders definitely see the need for cloud in the current climate, security is still a huge concern. So, how can you keep your business secure when leveraging the cloud?

On August 12th, 2020, Opti9 hosted an in-depth discussion on cloud security featuring a panel of industry experts including Sagi Brody (CTO, Opti9), Daniel Ford, D.Sc. (CIO, Jovia Financial Credit Union), and Scott Croskey (Global CISO, Cipher). The panelists’ diverse backgrounds in the IT space brought together three unique perspectives on one of the most essential topics in business and tech.

Meet the speakers:

Sagi Brody is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Opti9, New York’s leading managed Cloud and IT Infrastructure solutions provider. Sagi is responsible for all technical infrastructure, design, and operations, and under his leadership, the company has evolved from a web host into one of the leading cloud and fully managed infrastructure service providers in the world. Throughout his tenure, Sagi has been involved in all aspects of the hosting and data center industry. His expertise spans cloud computing, network design and builds, site surveys and selection, data center build-out and upgrades, server automation, green data center technologies, resource management, staffing, and budget planning. He is an active participant in the data center community, having spoken at DatacenterDynamics, IMN, PTC, HostingCon, Cloud Expo, LinuxCon, the Greater New York Data Center Summit, and more.


Daniel Ford, D.Sc. is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Jovia Financial Credit Union, responsible for all aspects of the credit union’s IT, cybersecurity and digital banking functions. One of the most accomplished experts in financial services cybersecurity, Dr. Ford earned his doctorate degree in Science in Information Assurance (cybersecurity) in 2014 and his MBA from the University of Michigan in 2020. Since joining Jovia in 2019, he has introduced increasingly complex technology for the ultimate benefit of members, and has implemented a number of impressive initiatives to enhance the credit union’s IT operations, including modernizing the credit union’s network infrastructure; enhancing cybersecurity measures; and instilling agile development methodology in order to create a more flexible and responsive credit union. An industry leader with a stellar record of accomplishments in the IT and cybersecurity space, Dr. Ford’s expertise extends to cloud architecture and regulatory compliance.


Scott Croskey is the Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Cipher, a global cybersecurity company that delivers a wide range of services including Managed Detection and Response (MDR), Managed Security Services (MSS), Cyber Intelligence Services (CIS), and more. Scott has over 10 years of cybersecurity experience. His experience spans the civilian and military sector. Scott serves in the National Guard as a Deputy Cyber Battle Captain. In this position, he synchronizes the 24/7 Department of Defense global cyber operations.

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