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VMworld 2016 is right around the corner, and this year’s list of IT thought leaders heading to Vegas to talk cloud is more jaw-dropping than a David Copperfield magic show.

From industry trends, to cutting edge technologies, and tips you can take home and use, VMworld 2016 has something for every IT professional.

We’re continuing our Presenter Profile series with Shandria Pinckard, Senior Manager of vCloud Air Security, Risk and Compliance.

Q: So Shandria, you’re co-presenting Seamless Security and Compliance in a Hybrid Cloud Architecture along with Sandeep Poonen, who we also spoke with and wrote about on this blog. How do you two security smarties intend to share the stage?

A: I’m part of the information security team, and my focus is talking to technologists about governance, and how we can help them ensure the emerging technologies they want to take advantage of are in compliance.  Moving to a public cloud, for example, means working with a shared provider and their governance and security policies. I want to help attendees understand how VMware approaches security with vCloud Air, and how we can work  together to make it a seamless transition from a security perspective.

There’s a lot to think about and consider: data sensitivity, regulatory concerns, security controls and responsible parties. My goal is to open attendees minds about compliance needs and how best to solve them as they are architecting their public cloud.

Q: Should we find ourselves on a public cloud project, we’ll be sure to have you on the team. Tell us, what trends are you seeing around public cloud – from a compliance perspective – that readers would find interesting?

A: Public cloud is a key consideration for most organizations – especially those in highly regulated industries. Organizations who are just now seriously considering cloud want to know that their public cloud environment will be just as secure as the one they have built internally and that requires a stamp of approval from the compliance team. I know that compliance people aren’t always thought of as being on the cutting edge of innovation, but when we work together with technical architects, then we can make the public cloud work for just about any organization.

Q: This year’s VMworld agenda is action-packed. What sessions – other than yours of course – are you excited about?

A: I’ve never been to VMworld before, so to go my first time as a presenter is so exciting. I absolutely can’t miss Pat Gelsinger’s and Sanjay Poonen’s keynote addresses, and I’m also really looking forward to Trusted Security in the Software Defined Data Center: Real-World Use Cases Across VMware Platforms, including NSX.  It will talk about how to protect virtualized servers, VDI desktops and cloud environments, all through a single integrated platform.

Right up my alley!

VMworld attendees: catch Shandria’s session at the following time:

Tuesday, August 30, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.