What have been the major security threats in 2010 and how have these informed the conference agenda for 2011?
As we close out 2010, the security landscape has been shaped by several events. A myriad of stories about Facebook privacy policies dominated the news, as well as the Google hacking incident, Stuxnet and increasing concerns over cyberwarfare. Most of the challenges IT/IS professionals have been dealing with can be summarized in four broad categories:
Privacy – government regulation and impending legislation, consumer protection, social media sites, privacy in the cloud, trusted identity government initiative
Mobile security threats – increasing use of smart phones and mobile apps, cybercrime on mobile networks, next generation malware
Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) – targeted attacks against individuals and corporate confidential information, online espionage, social engineering
Cloud computing – the next stage: implementation issues – best practices and pitfalls to ensuring security in the cloud.
There are quite a few security conferences in the U.S. What do you see as your strengths? Has your strategic focus changed from previous years?
RSA Conference is strong because it is inclusive industry event with content selected by members of the industry and designed for the greater benefit of the community. The program committee for each track selects all the sessions and vets all slides before they are presented onsite, with the goal to avoid commercialism.
The event is open to all who play a role in information security, it is a conference filled with great debate, interactive discussion and where news is made. Based on feedback expressed by attendees, the conference focus has become increasingly vendor “neutral” throughout the years.
Additionally, we collaborate with the information security community to regularly introduce new programming – such as the Pecha Kucha sessions (returning this year), Peer2Peer On-Demand sessions (in addition to our scheduled ones), free pre-conference sessions, and varying session lengths.
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