'Any app, any where, any cloud ' Kara Sprague, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Application Services, F5 Networks Click To Tweet
Today’s guest is Kara Sprague is from F5 Networks. She has a couple of master’s degrees from M.I.T. – combine that with years of experience in systems management she is a perfect guest for Federal Tech Talk.
Her official title is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Application Services for F5 Networks. Her focus is on enhancing the performance and security of applications. The interview ranges from app servers to microservices to application delivery controllers to the general concept of infrastructure security.
Kara brings a fresh new perspective to the discussion – she looks at security from the view of the app itself. During the interview, she mentions that the world has 250 million application workloads with one-third mission critical. It is no wonder that malicious actors dismiss VPNs and firewalls and focus on attacking the app itself.
Deep understanding of protecting the app can lead to increases in speed and transparency. One of the technical topics Kara brought up was the management of containers. With products like Kubernetes, one can manage some of the complexity – F5 solutions allow network professionals and app developers to better protect and optimize modern, container-based applications.
She makes the provocative statement that F5 Networks has the goal of protecting any app, any device, anywhere. This kind of ubiquitous protection is a tremendous challenge in the world of federal information technology. Each agency has unique requirements, and the DoD has such a dynamic environment and daily attacks that F5 Networks could provide some ideas to accomplish the noble task of Zero Trust.