RSA Conference (RSAC), the world's largest gathering of information security and cybersecurity experts, concluded its 25th annual event last week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with a record number of more than 40,000 attendees.
Keynotes, sessions and debates focused on the Internet of Things, industrial control systems, encryption, artificial intelligence and machine learning, crowdsourcing, healthcare, automotive and more, with many reflecting current industry news.
“Our 25th anniversary marks not only a milestone in the conference’s reach and impact in this important industry, but is also a testament to the work we as a community are doing together,” said Linda Gray, General Manager of RSA Conference. "There were a lot of great discussions over the course of the week, and I look forward to the positive impact these will make on our world moving forward.”
According to Citrix CSO Stan Black, “RSAC 2016 was a strong reiteration of the message that the industry needs a more comprehensive approach to ensuring information is secure regardless of platform. As security professionals, we’re responsible for ensuring information is protected regardless of device, platform or operating system. We don’t just use one, we use all solutions: cloud, mobile, network, data center, SaaS.
"Businesses need a method to ensure control between traditional infrastructures, cloud and mobile to establish trust with the customers. To get out of a reactive state and into proactively defending data, companies have to look for solutions that enable a control plane. Without it, there is no single source of trust," Black said.
Vormetric Vice President of Marketing Tina Stewart commented, "In the past year, the cybersecurity climate rose to a scorching temperature – as witnessed by the number of breaches and cyber attacks, as well as new legislative measures like the Cybersecurity National Action Plan and U.S.-EU Privacy Shield. This year at RSAC, we’re seeing traffic and interest from organizations that have understood the changes in cyber threats, and taken necessary steps to deal with them using data-centric IT security solutions.”
The 19th Annual RSA Conference Awards program highlighted the work of four security professionals in the fields of mathematics, public policy and security practices. This year’s winners included:
Upcoming RSA Conferences include Asia Pacific & Japan on July 20-22, 2016, at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and Abu Dhabi on Nov. 15-16, 2016. RSA Conference 2017 will take place Feb. 13-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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