Build Better Defenses
October 29–30, 2017: Training
October 30–November 1, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Cloud security requires confidence and sensitivity.

Michele Iacovone (Intuit)
4:45pm–5:25pm Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Who is this presentation for?

  • CISOs, CSOs, and IT professionals

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A strong understanding of public cloud and security fundamentals

What you'll learn

  • Explore best practices to securely move customer data to the cloud through AWS while also keeping your customers' interests top of mind


While most organizations understand the power the cloud can have on a business, they still struggle when it comes to moving sensitive workloads into the cloud. However, it can be done in a way that is not only safe but also keeps your customers’ interests top of mind.

Intuit’s Michele Iacovone knows that firsthand. Intuit started in the era of DOS but has a proven record of managing change. It has successfully navigated the Windows and web eras and is now fully committed to winning in the cloud. Through cloud-based software like TurboTax, Mint, QuickBooks, and ProConnect, Intuit serves 42 million customers across the globe. How was Intuit, a company that deals with highly sensitive data, able to successfully become a cloud-based company?

Drawing on Intuit’s cloud journey, Michele outlines best practices to securely move customer data to the cloud through AWS. Along the way, he explains how companies can successfully and securely harness the power of the cloud to ensure the speed of innovation and shares the security hierarchy of needs, a series of lessons about zoning and containment, asset management, logging, authentication, and encryption that stem from Intuit’s cloud security journey.

Topics include:

  • Considering security needs early in your journey to the cloud and iterating quickly and often
  • Working closely with your cloud provider to create a trusted relationship
  • Prioritizing the highest risks and continuously improve over time
  • Zoning and containment
  • Asset management when testing and triaging incidents
  • Logging
  • Authentication
  • Encryption
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Michele Iacovone


Michele Iacovone is senior vice president and chief information security and fraud officer at Intuit. Previously, he was a senior vice president and chief architect at Intuit, chief architect and senior vice president of global platforms at Dun & Bradstreet, and CTO for both LiveCapital and Collabria. He holds a BSEE from Boston University.