For those who made it out to San Francisco for the RSA Conference, I hope you’ve fully recovered from the action packed week. I assume everyone else is nice and rested, calm and collected.
Now, I may not have decades of RSA under my belt like so many industry professionals, however I’ve been to enough over the years to notice a different vibe this year, more in the spirit of community. No longer is the tone driven solely by fear mongering or snake oil vendors, it’s about making a difference through collective intelligence and transparent information sharing. This was noticeable from the keynote announcements to the hallway tracks to the happy hours, which I believe speaks volumes for those of us who believe in positive security outcomes.
As you know from reading this newsletter, we at ScaleFT also wanted to do something a bit different this year in the spirit of community. Instead of parking ourselves on the show floor where every other booth and banner exclaimed “Zero Trust!”, we held a more personal gathering of professionals at the nearby 111 Minna Gallery, where we invited a number of security practitioners at companies like Segment, Yelp, and Coursera to share ideas & tips onstage through a series of Q&A’s. I was fortunate to be the one leading those conversations, and I walked away with a wealth of knowledge and new perspectives. I could tell the audience did as well, which makes the event a success in anyone’s book.
I had really hoped to share the recordings of each session today, but it will take just a bit longer to get the raw footage into a shareable format. Stay tuned for that in the next newsletter, along with more in-depth commentary on the content of the day. Many many thanks again to the speakers who took time out of their busy schedules to participate, and all those in the community who came by during the day. More to come!
In the meantime, here’s a few RSA roundups in case you haven’t already had your fill.
At OurSA, women and minority speakers make cybersecurity human [CNet]
Like many, I was so impressed with how quickly the OurSA event came together, and how well it was organized. I did not get a ticket in time, but heard great things from folks who were able to make it. Again, this event really speaks volumes to the community vibe. Admittedly, our event did not meet our diversity standards, which is on me, so we will certainly do better next time.
Quick Take-Aways From the RSA Security Conference [CSO Online]
Frequent CSO Online contributor, Jon Olstik, shares his thoughts on the conference. A highlight would be the growth in cloud security solutions more “baked in” to surrounding environments. We talk about Zero Trust as the right security architecture for the cloud, where the controls are more in line with the surrounding environment. I agree with Jon that we’re going to see more around centralized policies, something that we’ve been building out at ScaleFT as part of the platform.
2018 RSA Conference: Execs Push Cooperation, Culture & Civilian Safety [DarkReading]
A highlight from the main event was the forming of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, led by Microsoft, and which includes 33 other top companies across various industries. The primary theme of the accord is centered on information sharing for the benefit of government agencies responsible for thwarting cybersecurity attacks. We’ll see if there’s more to this than a press release, but the message is positive no matter what happens.
That does it for this week. Check back this time next week for another set of relevant news, articles, and events. Cheers,
Ivan at ScaleFT