5 Things I’m Looking Forward to at RSA Conference 2014

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rsa conferenceNothing ever stays the same in the world of information security. Each day we see new threats and challenges, along with new solutions, tactics and approaches. Despite the ever-changing nature of the space, there are however a few constants – one of them being the annual RSA Conference.

Considered by many (myself included) to be the premier IT security event, RSA features keynotes and sessions from some of the world’s foremost experts – including those from business, government and academia. If you’re interested in being among the first to know about a particular topic or trend, this is the place to be. In fact, it’s where I’ll be in just a few short days.

So what am I looking forward to the most? Here are five things in no particular order:

1) New Insights on Cloud Security: If you scan the RSA Conference 2014 tracks, you’ll notice that cloud security is getting a fair amount of attention – and for good reason. After realizing the benefits of adopting the cloud (cost, efficiency, etc.) organizations quickly discover the challenges and concerns, which almost always center on security. While we have our own take on this matter, I’m interested to hear what others have to say. Thus, some of the sessions I’m most looking forward to include Is the Cloud Really More Secure Than On-Premise?, Virtualization and Cloud: Orchestration, Automation and Security Gaps and Trust Us: How to Sleep Soundly with Your Data in the Cloud.

2) The Networking: The RSA Conference is well-known for attracting some of the best and brightest from a wide range of industries – and this year’s conference will be no exception. Here are a few of the featured speakers that I’m hoping to catch:

  • Selim Aissi, Vice President, Global Information Security, VISA
  • Marene Allison, Global Chief Information Security Officer and World Wide Vice President of Information Security, Johnson and Johnson
  • Bob Blakley, Global Head of Information Security Innovation, Citigroup
  • Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Security Officer, Oracle
  • Scott Andersen, Director, Global Information Security, Citi
  • Bret Arsenault, Chief Information Security Officer, Microsoft Corporation
  • Joseph Demarest, Assistant Director of the Cyber Division, FBI
  • Eran Feigenbaum, Director of Security, Google Apps, Google

3) Stephen Colbert: I’m not sure how much Stephen Colbert knows about information security, but I’m not sure that it matters. As a long-time fan of the Colbert Report, I was thrilled to find out that he’ll be one of the featured keynote speakers. Who says that information security isn’t funny?

4) Alternate Realities: Here at Ipswitch, we tend to discuss file transfer security, compliance and other matters through the lens of a business. But at this year’s conference, we’ll get to see how security is viewed by large government organizations like the FBI, as well as that of venture capital firms, economists, academics and other personas those of us in the business world sometimes forget about. If you’re looking to expand your understanding of information security, there’s no better place to be than the RSA Conference.

5) The Food: This year’s event will be held in San Francisco, a haven for foodies like myself. Thus, I’ve already spent a considerable amount of time on Yelp scoping out restaurants and other hotspots. Clearly this is important to me. I’ll be coming back with a renewed appreciation for the importance of information security, but also a few good meals. Thankfully, they only hold this event once per year.

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What are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s RSA Conference? Be sure to let us know in the comments section. Or let me know your recommendations for must-eat restaurants!

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