RSA Conference Update: Thoughts from the Beginning of the Conference

Posted by Stefanie Kober Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:52:00 GMT


On Monday, April 21 the Moscone Center in San Francisco opened its doors to 30,000 attendees and exhibitors for the 2015 RSA Conference. Our team at HOB was thrilled to be a part of this conglomeration of top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss current cybersecurity trends and strategies for facing potential threats across all sectors. 

The conference commenced with the keynote address delivered by RSA President Amit Yoran, followed by a speech from Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Although things didn’t fully come alive until Tuesday, on Monday there was a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) summit on the topic of enterprise cloud adoption, as well as panel discussions on mobile computing, cloud security and one of the hottest topics this year: the Internet of Things.

Although many claim that RSA has become less of a security conference and more of a business conference, cybersecurity, according to RSA Conference general manager Linda Gray, is still at the forefront: “This year, the spotlight has been on cybersecurity more than ever. From massive breaches to the announcement of President Obama’s new cybersecurity initiatives, the information security industry certainly has a lot to talk about. Over the course of the conference we’ll be challenging the status quo of thoughts and procedures and we will come up with new ways to secure our digital future.” 

So far the two prominent themes at the conference have been predictive security for onsite and mobile systems and, as mentioned earlier, the Internet of Things.

Enterprise security is also a top of mind issue, as the conference this year seems to be full of enterprise leaders looking for innovative and effective ways to not only remain afloat but sail past the perpetual threats of hackers and viruses. According to RSA, in the first quarter of 2015 alone, more than $1 billion USD in venture capitalist funds have been assigned to cybersecurity solutions.

“Enterprise applications are the blind spot of security,” said Anand Chavan, co-CTO of Waratek, the winner of the RSA Conference’s 10th annual Innovation Sandbox contest.

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