The first day of the RSA Conference is behind us. As we mentioned earlier, Monday was tutorial day and was divided into two areas: developer and enterprise tutorials. The attendance of the first day was satisfying, but as the conference wasn't oficialy opened, people started checking in today. Today the conference started with a grand opening and keynote by Art Coviello, RSA Security CEO and President.
He started by speaking about the new developments in e-security during this year. The conclusions were the following:
- There was too much talk, not much action
- Studies have shown that an alarming number of network managers doesn't employ patches
- Companies are not allocating enough resources for information security related problems
- We shouldn't wait for cyberterrorists to act, we should react now.
- During this year there's been an increased push to use identity cards and smart cards by various governments
- A new e-government and digital signature legislation has been approved, digital IDs are now being distributed to citizens
- There's an estimate that by the end of 2006 40 million people will have digital ID's
- Russian president Vladimir Putin's new web site unsuccessfully attacked
- The UK government was accused of illegaly hacking into BBC for influencing the news.
This topic couldn't be concluded without a bit about hacker arrests and convictions:
- Six italian boys defaced websites during G8 meetings. The CEO said this about the incident: "Ironically they used global internet to accomplish this"
- The 14 italian hackers that damaged NASA, US Army and Navy systems are facing 8 years in prison. Some of these hackers were security consultants
- The punishment for virus authors should be bigger. For example, the Kournikova virus author got only 150 hours of social work. The CEO said ironically: "His mother made him go to bed early for couple of days" :)