Vijay Potluri, Cybersecurity Engineer and Developer in Atlanta, GA, United States
Vijay Potluri

Cybersecurity Engineer and Developer in Atlanta, GA, United States

Member since December 14, 2021
Vijay has been building enterprise-class software products at cloud-scale for almost 20 years. He specializes in leading and building cloud infrastructure and security architecture to deliver secure, scalable, and stable cloud services and other solutions. Vijay has worked for Citrix, Apptio, Digital Fuel, VMware, McAfee, and Visa. In addition to his passion for cloud security, Vijay brings leadership to the entire software development lifecycle and SaaS operations.
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  • Citrix
    SOC 2, NIST, GDPR, ISO 27001, ISO 27002, Databases, XenApp, Citrix XenApp...
  • Apptio
    Security Architecture, Oracle, Java, Hibernate, JavaScript, Puppet, Shell...
  • Digital Fuel
    Java, JavaScript, Oracle, Hibernate, AWS, Amazon EC2, AWS RDS, AWS CloudWatch...


  • Cloud Security 10 years
  • Security Architecture 10 years
  • Databases 10 years
  • AWS 10 years
  • Oracle 10 years
  • Networking 5 years
  • Application Security 5 years
  • Web Security 5 years


Atlanta, GA, United States



Preferred Environment


The most amazing...

...project I've led was a migration from a private cloud to AWS.


  • Cloud Security Architect

    2020 - 2021
    • Strengthened the company's security posture by collaborating with the red and blue product security teams to reduce the attack surface.
    • Collaborated with the cloud operations team to harden the infrastructure.
    • Worked with the engineering team to bake security into the product design.
    • Assisted customers in migrating from on-premise to cloud infrastructure and alleviated their concerns about data location, data access, and security threats.
    Technologies: SOC 2, NIST, GDPR, ISO 27001, ISO 27002, Databases, XenApp, Citrix XenApp, Azure, Azure Cosmos DB, AWS, OWASP Top 10, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Application Security, Web Applications, Development, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
  • Head of Cloud Security

    2018 - 2020
    • Migrated infrastructure from a private to a public cloud.
    • Designed security with in-depth defense concepts, multiple tiers from IPS, and a web gateway, application server, and database server.
    • Conceptualized and drove the upgrade from Alert Logic IDS to Palo Alto IPS.
    Technologies: Security Architecture, Oracle, Java, Hibernate, JavaScript, Puppet, Shell, Ansible, Python, MySQL, AWS, Palo Alto Networks, Azure, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Firewalls, Kubernetes, Amazon EKS, AWS ECS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, SIEM, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Application Security, Web Applications, Cloud Security, Leadership
  • Head of Security Engineering

    2016 - 2018
    Digital Fuel
    • Improved security by incorporating OWASP principles and resolved gaps found in SAST and DAST analysis tools.
    • Reduced cloud infrastructure costs by 78% while migrating from a fixed asset plan to a flexible asset plan.
    • Cordoned off the infrastructure with Cisco ASA firewalls.
    • Increased resiliency by successfully testing disaster recovery at a geographically distant data center.
    Technologies: Java, JavaScript, Oracle, Hibernate, AWS, Amazon EC2, AWS RDS, AWS CloudWatch, AWS S3, AWS ALB, Web Application Firewall (WAF), SQL Injection Protection, Malware Removal, DDoS, IDS/IPS, ASA Firewalls, Cisco, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Identity & Access Management (IAM), Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST), Penetration Testing, Threat Modeling, OWASP, Nimble, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Web Applications, Leadership
  • Security Manager

    2006 - 2016
    • Led the vRealize Enterprise product to increase customer satisfaction and integrated it with the vRealize Cloud product for seamless public and private cloud computing.
    • Managed development teams and mentored offshore teams in Armenia, Bulgaria, and India.
    • Reduced costs by scaling CapacityIQ in PostgreSQL to handle 8,000 objects per VM, scaled up the Capacity Planner infrastructure 40x (from 100 to 4,000 customers), and improved performance with fine-grained transactions in vCenter products.
    • Conceptualized version 1.0 of vRealize Cloud from scratch. It heralded a new era of cost visibility in cloud computing with the fastest time to value—from installation to insights in less than one hour.
    • Drove the release of vCenter Operations, the management business unit's flagship product.
    • Integrated the in-house CapacityIQ product with the acquired Alive product for a seamless release of vCenter Operations Manager.
    Technologies: VMware, VMware vCenter, VMware vCloud, VMware ESXi, Oracle, SQL, Data Modeling, Erwin, Visio, PostgreSQL, HP Fortify, Static Application Security Testing (SAST)
  • Lead Architect

    2003 - 2006
    • Played a pivotal role in scaling up the consumer database by 200%, from less than five million reads per second to 15 million reads per second.
    • Redesigned the auto-renewal process to run 10x times faster, thus generating more revenue than the entire consumer website.
    • Coordinated design and development projects with offshore teams in Bangalore, India.
    • Designed new payment methods, such as bank transfers and Switch/Solo cards for the consumer database.
    • Coded an alerts module to monitor sales volume and transactions by product and region.
    • Tuned the stored procedures to increase concurrency and reduce deadlocks, added missing indexes, and removed redundant and unused indexes to improve performance.
    • Developed standards and methods to streamline cross-functional development.
    Technologies: .NET, SQL Server 2000, Databases, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Crystal Reports, BI Reports
  • Director of Data Warehousing

    2002 - 2003
    • Led the data warehousing solutions team to develop applications using MicroStrategy, Cognos, Crystal, VB, ASP, MTS, and SQL Server.
    • Enabled Visa and banks to track and measure the success of the Visa Extras rewards program.
    • Developed the MicroStrategy architecture for Visa Extras metrics reports and designed attributes, facts, metrics, filters, prompts, hierarchies, drill maps, and cubes.
    • Pioneered Verified by Visa (VbV) reports, allowing Visa to do exception analysis and performance reporting, which reduced exceptions by 5%. I also designed MicroStrategy reports.
    • Launched Commercial Card Enhanced Data (CCED) for Visa to monitor the validity of sales tax exempt transactions. The solution highlighted 100% of merchants over thresholds.
    • Collaborated with commercial solutions in launching Visa Information Source (VIS) to increase commercial card market share by 1%.
    • Spearheaded vendor relationships with Exodus for data center operations.
    Technologies: MicroStrategy, Crystal Reports, IBM Cognos, C#, VB, SQL, Oracle, IBM Db2, Visual Basic
  • Database Architect

    2000 - 2002
    • Designed and architected one of the earliest B2B information services in the industry. The service was built using Java, WebLogic, and Oracle.
    • Worked with the development team on performance tuning of database queries.
    • Modified the business logic to reduce the load on infrastructure by coordinating with the development and operations teams.
    Technologies: Oracle, SANs, NAS Servers, Web Logic, Firewalls, Failover Solutions


  • Migration of Infrastructure from Private Cloud to AWS

    Designed, led, and executed the project to migrate the entire infrastructure from a private cloud vendor to AWS. Except for the hardware, the entire infrastructure was seamlessly migrated. Some components needed to be redesigned. For example, we migrated from running Oracle Server to Oracle RDS. Some components had to be rebuilt from scratch, such as application servers, and some components were replaced entirely, such as Alert Logic IDS with Palo Alto IPS.

  • VMware Product Development

    Full List of Accomplishments:
    • Reduced costs by scaling Capacity IQ (CIQ) and PostgreSQL to handle 8,000 objects per VM.
    • Scaled up Capacity Planner infrastructure 40x, from 100 to 4,000 customers.
    • Improved performance with fine-grained transactions in the vCenter product.
    • Decreased disk reads with innovative path tracking for object relationships in the CIQ product.
    • Increased performance by implementing incremental time rollups in the CIQ product.
    • Added resiliency with database partitioning in CP and Chargeback products.
    • Solved concurrency issues in CP Collector and Chargeback products.
    • Improved availability with automatic monitoring of the CP production infrastructure.

  • Security Champion for vRealize Product Suite

    Architected AWS Security and collaborated with the development team to design security from the ground up. Our work improved security by identifying SQL injections and XSS, XSRF, and buffer overflow vulnerabilities. We also conducted static code analysis and vulnerability scans for the AWS environment.


  • Languages

    SQL, Java, JavaScript, C#, VB, Python, Visual Basic
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Oracle, Amazon EC2, AWS ALB, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Linux, OpenAM, Kubernetes
  • Storage

    Databases, PostgreSQL, NAS Servers, AWS S3, SQL Injection Protection, SQL Server 2000, MySQL, Azure Cosmos DB, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), IBM Db2
  • Industry Expertise

    IT Security
  • Other

    Web Security, Application Security, Cloud Security, Security Architecture, AWS RDS, Data Modeling, AWS, SANs, OWASP, OWASP Top 10, SIEM, Web Applications, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Security Design, Architecture, Threat Analytics, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Unified Threat Management (UTM), Vulnerability Management, Security Audits, Cloud, Integration, Cloud Architecture, Solution Architecture, Leadership, Networking, SOC 2, NIST, GDPR, Palo Alto Networks, VMware vCenter, VMware vCloud, VMware ESXi, Web Application Firewall (WAF), Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Threat Modeling, Firewalls, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), APIs, Programming, Algorithms, Partitioning, MicroStrategy, ISO 27001, ISO 27002, Malware Removal, IDS/IPS, XenApp, ASA Firewalls, Cisco, Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST), BI Reports, Web Logic, Failover Solutions, Nimble, Development
  • Frameworks

    Hibernate, .NET
  • Tools

    AWS CloudWatch, VMware, AWS ECS, Erwin, Visio, HP Fortify, SonarQube, Ab Initio, Crystal Reports, IBM Cognos, Puppet, Shell, Ansible, Citrix XenApp, Amazon EKS
  • Paradigms

    Penetration Testing, DDoS
  • Libraries/APIs



  • Master's Degree in Computer Science
    1990 - 1993
    Bradley University - Peoria, IL, USA


  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
    JANUARY 2021 - DECEMBER 2023
  • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
    JULY 2020 - JUNE 2023

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