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Chris Viola

Security Engineer, Zalando

Biography

Chris Viola is an Engineer in the Identity and Access Management Team at Zalando. Since joining in mid 2013 as Security Engineer, he was responsible for the security of the online shop, retail applications and training of employees. Prior to working at Zalando Christian was a security consultant.

His driving question has always been – “it is never about if we are getting hacked, it is about when”. Which means it is vital to reduce the attack surface and he is determined to achieve that. When the opportunity arose to initiate a new approach towards identity and access management as well as applications security, he jumped at the chance and started the Zalando IAM Team. When not glued to his laptop screen, he discusses the architecture with his peers, studies new attack vectors and history.