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Security and privacy are burning topics in the cloud era. But not many companies have professionals dealing with these issues. Therefore, it’s critical to make the topic of cybersecurity more accessible to business owners and board members.

In this episode of Cloud Security Reinvented, we get to hear from Justin Somaini, the Chief Security Officer of Unity Technologies. Justin and our host Andy Ellis discuss cloud security and how companies in the iGaming industry approach it.

They also discuss the past and present of cybersecurity and share predictions regarding the cloud’s future. Justin also shares a valuable piece of advice anyone interested in becoming part of the security industry could benefit from.

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Guest-at-a-Glance

💡 Name: Justin Somaini

💡 What he does: Justin is the Chief Security Officer of Unity Technologies.

💡 Website: Unity Technologies

💡 Noteworthy: Before joining Unity Technologies, Justin worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Charles Schwab.

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Key Insights

⚡ Cloud security is pretty much the same in all industries. Most people believe working in the gaming industry must be fun. As our guest says, the rumors are true. It’s exciting, but it carries many challenges. Here’s what Justin says about cloud security in the gaming industry.

”In a lot of ways, it’s pretty typical. The difference, I would say, is corporate. You’re working in the gaming industry; it’s different from financial institutions or otherwise. You have a very energized and technical base culture to work for or work with. However, when you secure SaaS, it’s agile. When you start driving the CI/CD pipeline security capabilities and when you’re starting to, or not starting but trying to deal with the infrastructure, a multi-cloud concept scales up and scales down.”

⚡ Security theory has remained the same in the cloud era. The switch from on-premise to the cloud has been tremendous in how companies operate and use technology. Automation has become a priority, especially in the SaaS industry. Companies that aspire to grow must embrace changes. However, as Justin explains, some things didn’t change regardless of the shift, mainly from a security perspective.

”Security theory has not changed. Confidentiality, integrity, and availability, or if you want to use one of the other models — they are still the same. It’s how we apply that to the technology that we have today. So that basic concept of what we do and why we do it is the same.”

⚡ Today’s technology allows us to tackle complex challenges. The cloud is here to stay, and technology will continue developing. We’re yet to see what the future holds for the SaaS space and generally, every industry, considering we can’t imagine working without technology.

”We have an amazing opportunity to solve some very difficult problems. Let’s take patch management or asset management, which has always been a problem in every company. If you’re in a multi-cloud space, you have those APIs to be able to identify and an asset management system to be able to change the model and how you do patches. Patch each system, but go back to gold and then do a refresh and have it be scaled. Those are amazing opportunities for core fundamental problems that we’ve had for well over 25-30 years.”

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