Today’s Toys, Tomorrow’s Tools – Securing IOT in the Enterprise

David Austin, Senior Vice President, Information Systems & Chief Information Officer, Six Flags

“We live in a time of unprecedented innovation and the number of IoT devices many of our employees have in their homes is exploding. Those devices won’t stay home for long! We are seeing a migration from the home to the office. Many of these devices “today’s toys” will find a place in the enterprise. The approach to onboarding these devices needs to be well thought out. Building the process to bring these devices on the enterprise network requires changes in the way we have thought about provisioning, securing, and long-term management.”

David’s opening keynote presentation discussed the proliferation of IoT devices in the enterprise, on-boarding and securing IoT devices on the corporate network, and the necessity of managing BYOD IoT.

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David Austin was named Senior Vice President, Information Systems & Chief Information Officer for Six Flags in December 2017. Mr. Austin had previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Berkshire Hathaway Automotive from December 2014 to December 2017, where he had operational responsibility for all technology across 100 business units, technology development, and leadership of the IT team. Prior to that, from May 2007 to December 2014, he served as the Vice President of Information Technology at Larry H. Miller Group, a company with many businesses that included The Utah Jazz and associated arena businesses, large mega-plexes cinemas, a 500-acre racetrack complex, and a large automotive business, where he led the IT team. Mr. Austin majored in Speech Communication at Fresno State University.