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Author: Michael van Rooyen

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Welcome to "Securely Connected Everything," a dynamic podcast hosted by Michael van Rooyen (MVR), dedicated to exploring the intricate relationship between connectivity and security in the digital age. 

Each week, MVR welcomes guests from diverse backgrounds, to shed some light on cutting-edge technologies and methodologies that enhance digital experiences while safeguarding against potential threats.

From exploring the origins and capabilities of innovative solutions, to dissecting the implications of recent acquisitions and advancements in AI-driven analytics, "Securely Connected Everything" offers invaluable insights into navigating the complexities of today's interconnected digital landscape. 

With a keen focus on providing actionable takeaways and expert analysis, this podcast serves as an indispensable resource for anyone invested in ensuring the seamless and secure operation of their digital infrastructure.

17 Episodes
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What does it take to transition from aerospace engineering to becoming a tech industry leader? Michael Reid, affectionately known as Chopper Reid, joins us to share his remarkable career journey, revealing the unexpected twists that led him from engineering to influential roles at Cisco. Discover how Michael navigated the complexities of acquisitions, championed company culture, and drove SaaS-based business growth within large corporate structures, eventually landing the role of Chief Revenu...
What if your small business could fend off sophisticated cyberattacks with the same prowess as a large corporation? Meet Jason Duerden, Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand at SentinelOne, as he recounts his extraordinary journey from a support role to a top leadership position in the ever-evolving tech industry. Jason shares eye-opening insights into the changing cybersecurity landscape, underscoring the importance of technical acumen in effective management. Discover how the trad...
Unlock the future of aviation with Mark Hind, CTO of Air Service Australia, as he unveils the transformative power of cutting-edge technologies in our latest episode. Discover how digital twins are set to revolutionise air traffic management, allowing for pre-day operations simulations that promise unprecedented efficiency and safety. Get an insider's view on the challenges and breakthroughs in integrating drones into our airspace, and learn about the pivotal projects Air Service Australia is...
How has the COVID-19 pandemic transformed technology demands in critical industries like aviation and education? Join us in a compelling conversation with Mark Hind, Chief Technology Enablement Officer at Air Services Australia, as he shares his extraordinary career journey, from humble beginnings in a small IT shop to leading significant initiatives in both the Queensland Department of Education and Air Services. Discover how the pandemic has heightened expectations for flawless tech perform...
Join me on a revelatory odyssey through the wonderland of wireless with the man they call The Godfather of Wi-Fi, and recipient of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wi-Fi Awards, the legendary Bob Friday. As Bob shares his enthralling journey from the open spectrum of 1985 to his instrumental role in shaping wireless mesh networks, we uncover the profound changes in technology through his eyes. His early days, marked by curiosity and self-taught expertise, set the stage for a caree...
Embark on a thrilling expedition into the heart of cybersecurity as we sit down with Wayne Phillips, APJ Field CTO for SentinelOne. His story isn't just a climb from desktop support to CTO; it's a revelation of how the digital defense landscape has shifted, with assets and data needing vigilant guardianship. In our chat, Wayne peels back the layers of cybersecurity strategies, discussing Zero Trust architecture and the significance of Cloud Native Application Platform Protection. Prepare to g...
Unlock the future of industry with Ross Delacour, Cisco's seasoned expert, and learn how secure connectivity is revolutionizing sectors from manufacturing to transportation. Our enlightening discussion uncovers the critical role of partnerships in expanding IoT use cases, the transformative power of digitization, and the complexities of modernizing legacy systems without compromising security. Get ready to see how industries are getting smarter, safer, and more cost-efficient through the eyes...
Join the conversation with Daryl Isaac, the tech wizard behind Liquid IT, as he shares an intricate tapestry of tales from the IT frontline, tracing back to the dawn of desktop as a service in New Zealand. With a career that reads like a history book of technological advancements, Daryl brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and a 'fail-fast' philosophy that is as refreshing as it is enlightening. We navigate through the hallways of his professional life, from the early days at Saturn Tele...
Unlock the secrets of SASE and transform your network security landscape as MVR sits down with Carl Windsor, Fortinet’s Senior Vice President of Product Technology and Solutions. Windsor dissects the Secure Access Service Edge paradigm, offering a treasure trove of insights on integrating SASE with SD-WAN, reaping the benefits of simplified security deployments, and cutting operational costs. We journey through the maze of maximizing digital experiences and unravelling the true effectiveness ...
Join Michael van Rooyen (MVR) as he delves into the intricate world of cybersecurity with Cris Bailiff, the CTO for Orro's Cyber Services Division. In this episode of "Securely Connected Everything," they explore the evolution of managed cybersecurity services and the critical role they play in today's rapidly changing landscape. From discussing the differences between eSecure and Orro's expanded cyber business to examining emerging trends and technologies like FIDO2 authentication, Bailiff o...
Join Michael van Rooyen (MVR) as he delves into the realm of cybersecurity with Corrine Vermak, the Director of Cybersecurity for Australia and New Zealand at Cisco. In this episode, Vermak shares her journey from the frontline of cybersecurity to her current leadership role, offering valuable insights into the evolving landscape of digital defense. From the challenges of resource scarcity to the imperative of partnership between vendors and clients, Vermak provides a comprehensive overview o...
Unlock the full potential of cloud services and shatter the myth that migration is a one-and-done deal as MVR sits down for an enlightening chat with Jonathan Plaskow and Nathan Wright. We delve into the dynamic landscape of cloud technology, where businesses must stay ahead of the curve or risk being left behind. Our guests, with their extensive backgrounds in cloud services and IT security, shed light on why continual upgrades and a robust strategy are essential for staying competitive.Thro...
Embark on a critical journey into the heart of cybersecurity as MVR sits down with Michael Murphy from Fortinet to dissect the frontlines of operational technology and infrastructure protection. This episode guarantees a rich exploration into the sophisticated strategies required to shield our interconnected critical systems from the increasingly perilous cyber landscape. Michael unpacks the motivations driving hackers, ranging from monetary incentives to ideological battles, and their potent...
Discover the cutting-edge world of network visibility and observability as host MVR sits down with Heath Russell, ThousandEyes' technical solution architect, in a session that will revolutionize your understanding of digital infrastructure. As ThousandEyes joins forces with Cisco, we navigate the complexities of modern network monitoring and the indispensable role of active techniques in managing SaaS applications. Heath takes us from the inception of ThousandEyes at an academic level to its ...
In this episode, Michael van Rooyen (MVR) engages in a deep dive conversation with Greg Yelas, the regional sales leader at Juniper, responsible for overseeing the go-to-market strategy for the MIST portfolio. The discussion centers around the concept of Enhanced Access, which encompasses wireless, switching, and SD-WAN technologies. Greg shares his extensive experience in the networking industry, tracing his journey from technical roles to sales and account management positions before landin...
Join Michael van Rooyen (MVR) in part two of his enlightening conversation with Kevin Bloch from Bloch Advisory and former CTO of Cisco ANZ. In this episode, Kevin delves into the critical intersection of technology and business strategy, offering invaluable insights for CTOs and industry leaders alike.The discussion begins with a retrospective glance at the evolution of networking solutions, exploring the journey from legacy systems to the emergence of AI-driven network management. Kevin emp...
In this episode of Securely Connected Everything, host Michael van Rooyen (MVR) engages in a dynamic discussion with Kevin Bloch, former CTO for Australia and New Zealand at Cisco and founder of Bloch Advisory. The conversation delves into Bloch's transition from a corporate role to running his own advisory firm, shedding light on the motivations driving this shift. With insights gained from over two decades in the tech sector, Bloch offers valuable perspectives on the current technological l...
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