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The current and future state of security at the 2013 RSA Conference

Nadhan on ‎02-25-2013 10:54 AM

The annual RSA Conference brings together a wide array of perspectives from industry leaders in security. As such, it functions as a bellwether for all things security. Like other conferences, the keynote abstracts characterize the major themes in the conference providing, us valuable insight into the current and future state of security.

Here is a synopsis of these keynotes, categorized into Opposing Viewpoints, Current Challenges, Innovative Techniques, Social Impact and Looking Ahead. My own thoughts appear in italilcs.

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Opposing viewpoints. How do you feel about security?


  • Scott Charney presents an optimistic outlook on security, sharing key industry accomplishments likely to have a long-term impact. But Francis deSouza raises concerns about the inadequacy of past methods to address today’s sophisticated challenges.

Current Challenges. Is our information really secure?


Response strategies. Complex problems need to be addressed with innovative solutions!


Social Impact. So, how does this all bring home Information Security in our daily lives?


  • Vint Cerf explains how people use pseudonyms and anonymity on the Internet. Your choice for identification characterizes your style of interaction with society (read: Internet) on Wikipedia. Hear what Jimmy Wales has to say.
  • David Kirkpatrick features a panel that discusses the options available to address the growing danger to children from sexual predators by curtailing cyber abuse.
  • Art Gilland, Senior Vice President, and General Manager, HP Software Enterprise Security Products discusses how frameworks like ISO or PCI can hinder security and how key improvements can deter criminals.
  • Eric Rasmussen takes us through the lifecycle of CyberCrime.

Looking ahead. What does the future hold?


  • Mike Fey outlines a new set of security fundamentals to protect the always-on, always-connected enterprise of the future.
  • Christopher Young discusses the roadmap for the security industry.

For me, this categorization and set of abstracts define the current state of security in today’s world –  along with significant insight into what is to come. I am a tad surprised by the absence of a keynote on cloud security.

What are your thoughts on the current state of security? Are you going to the conference? What other topics would you have expected in the keynote sessions? I am interested to know.


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