Michael Smith

CTO Security (APJ), Akamai

Speaker Bio

Michael Smith serves as Akamai’s APJ Chief Technology Officer for Security and is responsible for supporting sales, professional services, operations, product management, and marketing across all of the Akamai security solutions portfolio.

Previously, Mr Smith was the Founder and Director of Akamai’s Customer Security Incident Response Team, responsible for leading a team of web security incident responders and researchers that study the tactics, techniques, and procedures of web attackers and apply that knowledge to help protect Akamai customers during events such as site defacements, data breaches, and distributed denial of service. CSIRT was designed to be a top-tier organization as part of Akamai’s managed services offerings and developed many of the incident investigation and response procedures in use today at the Akamai SOCs. CSIRT was crucial in doing outreach to Information Sharing Analysis Organizations, national-level Computer Emergency Response Teams and law enforcement.

Prior to CSIRT, Mr Smith served as Akamai's Security Evangelist and as the customer-facing ambassador for the Information Security Team, helping customers to understand both the internal security program and the unique security features and capabilities of the Akamai product portfolio and cloud-based solutions. He revised security contract clauses and assisted customers with their compliance initiatives and vendor assessments.

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