What To Expect At The RSA Conference This Year

The annual RSA Conference is scheduled to be held between February 27 and March 4 this year. With the rising number of security related threats and attacks in recent times, the conference has become one of the most important events for CIOs across North America. In its 25th year, the RSA Conference is likely to witness discussions on a wide array of topics that will interest enterprise CIOs interested in building a robust and secure product for their clients. Here are some things to expect from this year's event.


Information Security Leadership Development


One of the key seminars during the event will be on building information security leadership within your organization. The traditional security training programs seldom offer organizations the opportunity to build a successful information security program. In this event, distinguished experts talk about the challenges facing an information security leader early in their tenure, how to evolve a strategy in the boardroom and what challenges and opportunities await the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) in the near future.


Information Security On The Cloud


One of the most important events during the seven day conference will be the CSA Summit that will focus on “cloudifying” information security. During this event, distinguished experts from the industry will talk on a variety of cloud information security topics like centralizing cloud security, the need for a unified identity in a Hybrid IT world, the threat and opportunities with Containers and a panel discussion on cloud and enterprise security. Incidentally, the RSA Conference will also play host to a number of exhibitors that offer cloud-based information security products. SecureLink, the Austin-based developer of products for cloud-based secure vendor access, secure remote support and managed information security services has confirmed their participation for the event.


Briefing Centers


The seven day event will host many short briefing centers that will focus on a number of topics that will interest the CIOs. This includes managing multiple identities from mobility and IOT as part of security, managing sensitive data as a means to building a robust Data Loss Prevention program, taking control of cyberattacks on SAP, vulnerability management roadmap and catching APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) through intelligence-based technologies.




The RSA agenda includes a number of seminars targeted at the enterprise CIO through the seven day conference. Besides the seminar on cloudifying Information Security that we already noted earlier, another discussion during the early part of the event will be on security through virtualization. This discussion will revolve around virtualization being the bridge between data centers and cloud networking and how this impacts security. The seminar will also include discussions about securing on-premise applications, containerized apps and security of public cloud workloads. Another key seminar will be on data breaches and privacy gaffes. During this event, distinguished privacy professionals will discuss the importance of security and privacy working hand in hand and how de-identification, classification, minimization and impact assessments can improve security results.


You can find the complete agenda for the RSA Conference this year on their website here. Will you be there for the event? Please share your expectations in the comments below. 



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