Newsletters
Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Contact Centers Business Intelligence More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Network Security
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
RSA Cybersecurity Conference Sees Record Attendance

RSA Cybersecurity Conference Sees Record Attendance
By Adam Dickter

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

The large hall of Moscone Center in San Francisco, site of the RSA security conference this week, has been filled with vendors hawking new technologies to thwart malware makers, hackers, and identity thieves. Automated threat warning and incident response are big themes this year, along with secure mobile device management and BYOD risks.
 


It began with a kickoff from Captain Kirk himself, Star Trek actor William Shatner, leading to the inevitable quip that this year's RSA Conference would boldly go where no conference has gone before.

And with 25,000 attendees, 400 sponsors and exhibitors and 550 speakers, the claim was on solid ground. The gathering, held this week at Moscone Center in San Francisco, is the largest in its history, which dates back to 1991. The participation level shows the growing interest in a now $60 billion cyber security industry that is expected to grow tenfold in the next decade, according to insiders.

Clearing the Air

Arthur Coviello, executive chairman of RSA Security LLC, the encryption giant that convenes the conference, started off in something of a defensive manner, devoting his keynote address to taking on recent allegations that the company in 2006 provided a flawed encryption program that would allow intelligence gatherers a "back door" to monitor widely used computer products. The deal, which was reportedly worth $10 million, was mentioned in a December 2013 article from Reuters news service, with allegations attributed to two unnamed sources.

In the address, recorded and posted on RSA's site, Coviello acknowledged that the allegations hurt the company because it was seen 20 years ago as being in the forefront of efforts to secure digital information against the government.

He said RSA only intended to work with the NSA in its defense efforts, rather than in an intelligence capacity, suggesting that the agency should focus on that role while allowing the Information Assurance Directorate to "spin off" and deal with cybersecurity. "If the NSA exploits a tradition of trust within the security community, that's a problem," he said.

The large hall of the Moscone Center was filled with vendors hawking new technologies to thwart malware makers, hackers, and identity thieves. Automated threat warning and incident response were big themes this year, according to reports.

"McAfee/Intel seemed to set the tone that existing defenses are obsolete and you can no longer rely on security," technology consultant Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group told us.

"You have to build it in and massively integrate it from the foundation out to the endpoints. Anything less just isn't good enough."

Social Media Threat

Session topics included hackers and threats; governance, risk and compliance; data security and privacy; cryptography; plus a forum focusing on 'the human element.' That track covers insider threats posed by social networking and discusses security awareness programs.

Another forum focused on policies, processes and technologies for managing employee-owned mobile devices (MDM) and the spread of BYOD, or "bring your own device" programs at companies. Mobile malware, application threats and device management were among the topics.

The hackers and threats forum included a discussion on the underground economy, new vulnerabilities, exploitation techniques and reverse engineering, while a more technically advanced segment included live demonstrations and code dissections.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Network Security
1.   Chinese Hackers Steal Patient Data
2.   FBI Cybersquad To Add Agents
3.   Apple Opens China iCloud Data Center
4.   Supervalu Suffers a Data Breach
5.   Snowden Talks MonsterMind Program


advertisement
FBI Cybersquad To Add Agents
Rewarded for recent security successes.
Average Rating:
Chinese Hackers Steal Patient Data
Info includes Social Security numbers.
Average Rating:
Facebook's Security Chief Questioned
Spotlight shines on security strategy.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Contact Centers | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.