Menlo Security: shielding business in the cloud
Mike East is an IT veteran who jokes that at some point over the past 30 years he’s held every job in the sector, barring marketing (though being married to a marketeer, he feels he can tick that box, too). As Vice President EMEA at Menlo Security, he now leverages his considerable experience of the full IT ecosystem to steer businesses through the crucial security aspects of their digital transformation.
Menlo Security specialists work with companies to overcome common security sticking points and dispel misconceptions associated with the safety of cloud computing, which Mike “always felt was a mindset issue and not a technology issue.”
Menlo’s solution is clear and concise: “Menlo was born in the cloud and provides users with a 100% safe email and browsing experience by moving the fetch and execute functions of web browsing away from the network and back into the Menlo cloud.”
Web browsing and electronic documents are isolated on Menlo’s cloud, instantly tested for malicious content, before being rendered and returned safely to users’ devices. During a pandemic situation, such capabilities enable organisations to secure employee activity outside the confines of the corporate network, which in turn brings enormous value. By sidestepping the need for a VPN, businesses also often save money and can offer their employees a more seamless experience.
To power its own digital transformation and support hundreds of employees working from home, law firm Howard Kennedy’s Head of Technology and Security, Jonathan Freedman, sought out Menlo.
“Jonathan was looking to isolate documents and protect their users from weaponised attachments,” East says. “Now when lawyers click on that document, essentially the execution of that document is happening in the Menlo cloud. If it's malicious, what we send back is a rendered view, which is completely harmless, on the user device. If it’s completely harmless, that also gets rendered back on the user's device.”
East’s view is that collaboration is key - working in harmony with partners “whether you're buying a car, or whether you're buying software as a service.”
“Howard Kennedy as a company was very easy to work with and understood exactly what it wanted and needed. That's actually a rare thing in my experience,” he says. “Its process for evaluating and testing was very detailed and very thorough, and if someone knows what they want it’s much easier to make that journey together.”
As industries accelerate their digital transformation, East says “the convergence of software defined networks and security is only going to accelerate. This is not just because of COVID - it was going that way anyway - but COVID has been a bit of a wake up call for organisations on how they should organise themselves.”
East says the Menlo team will be standing by: “Organisations should spend more time doing what they do, not building infrastructure to support what they do.”
New speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live
Two leading executives in supply chain transformation have been confirmed for this year's Procurement & Supply Chain Live event.
Procurement & Supply Chain Live is the perfect opportunity to hear from prominent executives at the world’s leading procurement and supply chain businesses. The event will be streamed live from Tobacco Dock, London via the leading networking platform Brella.
The three-day show, running 28-30 September 2021, is an essential deep dive into the industry, with influential speakers sharing insights and strategies from their organisations, group roundtable discussions, and fireside chats.
We take a look at the latest additions to the already amazing lineup of speakers announced so far, and what they will bring to the flagship event.
VP Global Supply Chain at Macmillan Education Ltd
Shaun Plunkett has over 30 years of supply chain leadership experience in FMCG, entertainment and media sectors, supporting multi-billion euro businesses including Universal Music, EMI, Sony Music, Harper Collins and Associated British Foods. He has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change coupled with award winning operating models and developing and coaching global teams. Plunkett says that challenging the status quo is at the heart of what drives him on a daily basis - and encouraging others to continuously push the boundaries.
Read more about Plunkett’s involvement in Macmillan Education’s supply chain transformation HERE
Digital Transformation Lead, Oracle UK and Board Member, CILT at Macmillan Education Ltd
Vikram Singla is digital transformation director at Oracle, UK. He helps supply chain and finance business leaders leverage technology to deliver meaningful business outcomes for their organisations. He also serves on the board if CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) – UK and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglian Ruskin University. Singla has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, and in global supply chain transformation, including deploying business transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. In his spare time, Singla is a passionate brand ambassador for Cancer Research.
Plunkett and Singla join a growing line-up of speakers, including: Sheri R. Hinish, IBM; Robert Copeland, G4S; Daniel Weise, BCG; Mark Bromley, Mastercard; David Loseby, Rolls Royce; and Ninian Wilson, Vodafone Procurement Company.