Patrick Grillo

Patrick Grillo

Senior Director, Security Strategy

Fortinet

SPEECH TOPIC & SYNOPSIS

SD-WAN Transforms to SD Branch – Taking Software Defined One Step Beyond

The benefits of SD-WAN are clear as evidenced by the massive market opportunity being forecast over the next several years. But as usual in a Wild, Wild West market not all SD-WAN solutions are equal.

Besides satisfying the wide area networking requirements of SD-WAN – optimizing application performance, direct Cloud access and reducing WAN costs – leading SD-WAN solutions should also have comprehensive security at the top of their feature list. But that security capability should extend to the entire branch office infrastructure, not just the wide area connection. That’s why SD-Branch is starting to take hold and should be part of your branch office transformation journey.

BIO

As Senior Director, Security Strategy, Patrick is responsible for creating and evangelizing key messages about Fortinet’s network security solutions. Through his in-depth understanding of the complexities of network security, Patrick is able to cut through the half-truths and myths surrounding the subject to provide clear and concise information to Fortinet’s customers and partners. 

Prior to joining Fortinet, over the course of the past 30 years he has worked for a number of small to medium size organizations as well as larger companies such as Wellfleet Communications, Bay Networks, Nortel Networks, Hughes Network Systems and Comtech Mobile Data Communications in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, holding a range of senior level international sales and marketing roles. He received his technical training while serving in the US Navy.
Patrick is based at Fortinet’s EMEA office in Sophia Antipolis, France.