Robert Block

Vice President, Strategic Solutions, IDM; Optiv
As a Vice President of Strategic Solutions in IDM for Optiv, Robert Block is responsible for helping define Optiv’s strategic vision, client strategy and market analysis. Considered a thought leader in IAM with a specialized focus on Access Governance and Identity Management, Robert interacts with customers, vendors, and leading industry analysts on the state of Identity Management and Governance on a regular basis.

Robert has over 19 years of results-oriented Information Technology experience - of which 15 years have been focused on Identity Management, Access Management and Access Governance solutions. Robert has an in-depth understanding of various Information Security and IT challenges and requirements across multiple industries, and has worked with a diverse set of clients ranging from Global Fortune 500s to privately held small businesses.

Prior to joining Optiv in 2014, Robert Block was the Managing Director of Strategic Solutions for IAM at Optiv where he performed a very similar role. Before joining Fishnet Security in 2011, Robert Block was the Vice President of Strategic Services for a small business by the name of Logic Trends from 2006 to 2011 when they were acquired by Fishnet Security. Robert Block began his Identity Management Career at Booz Allen Hamilton from 2001 to 2006 focused on growing the directory services, PKI, and Biometric capabilities in the Federal space.

Robert Block has written several industry white papers and a number of blogs addressing a wide range of topics relevant to the Identity & Access Management Industry. A Holistic Information Security Practitioner (HISP), Robert Block earned bachelor’s degree in Managing Information Systems from University of Phoenix

Robert's Session


Tuesday, June 25
8:15 - 9:05 am
Georgetown
Optiv Presents: Zero Trust and Identity-Defined Security
81% of hacking related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords.* Despite this startling statistic, organizations are still heavily reliant on passwords to secure critical data and infrastructure. Instead of building a security strategy solely on passwords, organizations need to adopt the notion of zero trust identity where no individual or device is trusted on the network. This Panel, moderated by Robert Block, will provide the five essential components of a zero-trust identity model and how you can implement it by integrating the IAM and security tools deployed today. *Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report

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