Netflix exec steps into cybersecurity

28 May 2021 | Capacity Team

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Dave Temkin, who built and scaled the Content Delivery Network (CDN) for Netflix, has joined cybersecurity firm Imperva, Inc.

In his new role, Temkin will work on the reliability, scalability, and uptime of Imperva's global network delivering edge (CDN, DDoS), application (WAF, Advanced Bot Protection, API Security), and data (Cloud Data Security) security solutions.

Temkin is co-founder and current board member of Community IX and the New York Network Operators Group (NYNOG). He has held leadership roles with Citigroup, Telx (now Digital Realty), Bridgewater Associates, and Right Media, where he was responsible for leading the integration of their infrastructure into the Yahoo! network upon acquisition. He also serves as an advisor to the board of directors of Catchpoint, and as an advisor to DRIVENETS.

Commenting on his role at Imperva, Temkin said: "Imperva has a reputation for being innovative, and providing a comprehensive Web Application and API Protection platform that delivers applications securely around the world. Few are as committed to addressing the needs of tomorrow for their customers.

“I am thrilled about building a global team, evolving our PoP infrastructure, and scaling our Cloud footprint to meet the surge in demand for edge and application capabilities in order to provide end user customers with a scalable, reliable and seamless user experience.”

At Netflix, Temkin was VP of network systems infrastructure, where he assembled and led the team that built one of the world’s largest CDNs and global studio technical infrastructure including networking, systems and storage.

His responsibilities also included complementary business operations such as provisioning and logistics that enabled Netflix to become the most scalable, high performing and reliable provider of streaming content in the world. For this he took at hybrid approach of owned infrastructure, public, and private cloud computing. Temkin also helped drive Netflix’s cloud migration by moving applications from legacy data centers to cloud infrastructure.

Welcoming him to Imperva, CEO Pam Murphy, said: "Our mission at Imperva requires us to operate hyperscale infrastructure to power delivery and security for critical services across financial services, retail, telecommunications and other key industries.

“To support accelerated digital transformation efforts at our customers, we’re continuing to innovate in evolving our world-class capabilities while also investing in the availability, resiliency, and scalability of our global network. Dave is an industry pioneer and a world-renowned expert in operations, and we’re thrilled to have him lead one of the fastest growing teams at Imperva," Murphy added.