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Ken Owens
Vice President Cloud Native Engineering at Mastercard

Ken Owens is Vice President, Cloud Native Engineering at Mastercard responsible for leading the platform services and development for cloud native platform design, engineering, and development. Before joining Mastercard, Ken was Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platforms and Services at Cisco Systems. He was responsible for creating and communicating technical/scientific vision and strategy for Cloud Services (CIS) business. Ken started Mantl,io, a fully integrated and automated microservices infrastructure and Cisco Shipped, an automated development SDLC. He was responsible for Cisco’s cloud native development engineering and Technical Committee representative to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Before joining Cisco in 2014, Ken spent over 7 years at Savvis as the Chief Scientist, CTO, and VP Security and Virtualization Technologies. Prior assignments include 5 years as a network security architect at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., and Edward Jones brokerage firms in St. Louis, Mo, and 10 years in the design and architecture of communications systems and components for Erlang Technologies, Tellabs, and Wiltel. Ken holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Digital Transformation at the speed of Digital Transactions

Afternoon session

Mastercard, like many large financial services companies, has focused on a high level of security and performance. The result of this focus has resulted in several segregated services, processes, and human error-prone interactions with configurations and changes. MasterCard is looking to leverage service mesh for production usage, and to converge on the same core technologies as the rest of the industry. This presentation will discuss MasterCard’s digital transformation, federation, data security, and compliance requirements – and our work with the open source community to drive those requirements into Istio.

Watch the session recording here.