Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

Istio: Zero-trust communication security for production services

Samrat Ray (Google), Tao Li (Google), Mak Ahmad (Google)
11:05am11:35am Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Location: B113-114

Conventional network security approaches fail to address security threats to distributed applications deployed in modern production environments. Samrat Ray, Tao Li, and Mak Ahmad explain how Istio Security incorporates lessons learned from securing millions of service endpoints in Google’s production environment to enable enterprises to transform their security posture from just protecting the edge to consistently securing all interservice communications deep within their applications. With Istio Security, developers and operators can enable service endpoint security with no code changes.

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Samrat Ray


Samrat Ray is a product manager at Google with over 18 years of experience working on distributed systems. Samrat is a founding product manager of Istio and has guided the vision and roadmap for Istio’s security capabilities.

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Tao Li


Tao Li is a senior software engineer at Google, where he serves as a tech lead of Istio Security, focusing on authentication, which includes CA, identity provisioning, and service-to-service communication. He has been with Google for more than six years.

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Mak Ahmad


Mak Ahmad is a technical program manager at Google currently focusing on Istio. He has worn all the hats in his 14 years of experience, including five spent at Google. He’s also passionate about EdTech and the future of AI. In his free time, Mak plays soccer and does tae kwon do.