Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Trace3 - Practice Director, Microsoft Azure

Greer, South Carolina, United States


Derek Smith works as the Cloud Practice Director, Microsoft Azure at Trace3. As part of the Cloud Solutions Team, he engages with clients to help transform their business applications, operations and initiatives to Microsoft Azure. Additionally, Derek also regularly serves within the Azure Community as a Mentor, Public Speaker, Content Creator, and Enthusiast for all things Azure Public Cloud


  • Most Active Speaker 2022

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Azure
  • Azure (Public/Hybrid)
  • Azure Advanced Threat Protection
  • Azure Apps and Infra
  • Azure Arc
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft 365 Security
  • Azure Networking
  • Azure Security
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
  • Azure AD
  • Azure Active Directory

Top 10 CI/CD Security Risks and How to Mitigate Them

As companies adopt more modern software practices, code delivery becomes the beating heart of an organization. It is important to ensure that heart is functioning as optimal as possible, and with the expanded attack vectors that come with this, attackers are focusing their attention on that very beating heart. Learn what top challenges we are seeing within CI/CD services and how you can take steps to protect this vital part of your organization.

Extending your Identity Security with Entra

Cloud Identity has found itself in the center of this new digital cloud transformation experience. It is critical to ensure that all Identities are secure. With Microsoft Entra, you'll see how you can protect all Identities across cloud and on prem and ensure your environment is protected and secure.

Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual WAN

Azure Virtual WAN is becoming the standard to centralize network management and configuration for those Adopting Azure Enterprise Scale LZs. Learn how to deploy, scale and operationalize this powerful global scale networking tool.

Protecting Your critical Applications with Azure Front Door

As applications are refactored/rearchitected for cloud, it is critical to protect these crucial business assets from web threats at scale. In this session, I will demonstrate how to implement Azure Front Door best practices, configure WAF security policies, BOT protection and ensure your applications are protected at scale wherever they are.

Modernize Your SOC with Microsoft Sentinel

As the surface of attacks grows to unprecedented levels, Security teams are simply overwhelmed with the number of signals that they are tasked with. Security teams can simply not keep up. In this session, I will show you how to leverage Microsoft Sentinel to empower your SOC to reduce the amount of alerts, investigate true positives, and remediate threats with automation.

Elevate your Personal Brand and Influence in Tech

Your personal brand is a distinct persona for yourself, and with the world of tech today, it can push you to the forefront. Personal Branding builds confidence in your abilities, and helps you create a meaningful lasting impression on people. In this session, I'll share my experiences and tricks that I've learned over the years on how to help you develop this personal identity, build your public persona and help others to understand what you do and why they need you.

Derek Smith

Trace3 - Practice Director, Microsoft Azure

Greer, South Carolina, United States


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