Cyber Risk Management Challenges Are Impacting the Business

There was quite a bit of banter about boardroom cybersecurity actions at RSA Conference 2019. No surprise here, as business executives understand what’s at stake and are asking CISOs to provide more cyber risk data and metrics so they can work with them on intelligent risk mitigation strategies.

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The Buzz at RSA Conference 2019

Like many other cybersecurity professionals, I spent last week at RSA Conference 2019 in rainy San Francisco. Here are a few of my impressions:

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Was ‘Better’ Cybersecurity the Promise or the Premise at RSA 2019? (Includes video)

This year’s RSA mega-conference in San Francisco seemed intent to add some silver linings to not only the grey clouds that hung over the city last week, but also to the incessant news cycle that suggests bad actors in the security space are always and inevitably one step ahead of the good guys.
 
If the energy, investments, and enthusiasm that were on display at the Moscone Center can be even somewhat matched by efficient adoption and effective execution, then it seems as if this is a war - now that we as a society, and not just as an IT industry, are fully awakened to it - that can be won. Enough. Sometime. 
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What to expect at the RSA Conference 2019

I’ve attended the RSA Conference for the past 15 years, and things have changed quite a bit. The event has gone from a few thousand to around 50,000 attendees, leading to a confluence of humanity and traffic around the Moscone Center. Hotel room prices exceed $500 per night, even at some of the “boutique” (i.e., flea bag) hotels in and around Union Square. The RSA event has become the nexus where cybersecurity meets high-end capitalism.

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Previewing RSA Conference 2019: Cybersecurity Services, Cloud Security, and DevSecOps

In this video blog, ESG’s new principal analyst, Christina Richmond, and I preview what we expect to see at RSA Conference 2019. The scope and scale of RSA Conference continues to grow with adjunct events held by industry organizations such as the Cloud Security Alliance, vendors, and ESG with our own breakfast event. A few of the topics we expect to be front and center at this year’s RSA Conference include:

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Cloud Computing Security Chaos Continues at RSA Conference 2018

My esteemed colleague, Doug Cahill, did a great job at the RSA Conference with a killer presentation on hybrid cloud security. Unfortunately, Doug’s presentation occurred on Thursday afternoon, when many conference attendees were catching flights home, packing up their booths, or recovering at a bar somewhere else in San Francisco. Despite the timing, about 150 souls showed up, but I’m guessing that Doug’s conference room would have been overflowing if his presentation was on Tuesday rather than Thursday.

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RSA 2018: Securing (y)our Data, (y)our IT…and the World -- includes video

This year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco was held under the theme of “Now Matters.” To play off those semantics, one could clearly see the continuing shift in this industry from it being (in the past) all about matters of IT security, to (now) a world where IT security really matters. That’s not just playing with words - it’s impossible to over-state the importance of the endeavor that this event reflects and represents; but equally the burgeoning user needs and vibrant vendor competition creates a giddy atmosphere, in all senses of the word.

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Quick Take-Aways From the RSA Security Conference

Like many others, I’m still recovering from last week’s marathon at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco. Here’s a shotgun list of my impressions of the show:

 

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ESG at RSA: Identity, No Passwords, and Email Security (Video)

In this video, ESG analysts Mark Bowker and Jon Oltsik run through some of the top topics they will be tuning into at RSA Conference 2018. Mark and Jon home in on how identity has become the control plane and how the software-defined perimeter is impacting the CISO's decision making process and future investments. 

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Why Is IR Automation and Orchestration So Hot?

I couldn’t attend the RSA Conference this year but many cybersecurity professionals and my ESG colleagues told me that incident response automation and orchestration was one of the hottest topics in the halls of the Moscone Center, through the bar at the W hotel, and even at the teahouse on the garden at Yerba Buena.   

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