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  • Learning About New Attack Techniques at RSAC 2015

    by Tony Kontzer on April 22, 2015

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    A funny thing happened on my way to a session at the RSA Conference Tuesday. Long before I got there, and as I was checking messages on my phone, I nearly walked right into the back of a line. But for what? There were hundreds of people standing in line in the concourse, and hundreds of others rifling through their conference guides trying to figure out what all of the hubbub was. I smelled a story. Or at least something that hundreds of people thought was important enough. Being the faithful…

  • RSAC 2015 Daily Recap: Thursday

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on April 23, 2015

    RSA Conference goes the full week, with the closing keynote on Friday, but for many people, today is the de facto last day. While there are plenty of sessions on tap for Friday morning, the expo hall closed this afternoon. Many of the attendees, as well as members of the press, head home Thursday. If things went well, they would have a lot of ideas brimming in their heads about things they…

  • Give Boards Metrics They Can Actually Understand

    by Tony Kontzer on April 22, 2015

    The slide at the RSA Conference in San Francisco was blunt: "83.45% of metric presentations at 96.82% of security conferences suck." Troy Braban definitely wasn't talking about himself. More than 500 conference attendees packed into a session room to hear Braban, CISO of Australia Post, tell them what kinds of security metrics boards actually care about, and he did not disappoint them. The problem…

  • RSAC 2015 Daily Recap: Wednesday

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on April 22, 2015

    Day 3. Wednesday. Hump day! We are midway through RSA Conference, and there is still so much left to do. I spoke with an attendee today, who boasted he's been hitting over 10,000 steps on his FitBit everyday. I wonder what the average number of steps are among our attendees. Hope everyone has been eating healthy and drinking. We are exercising our minds and bodies this week. Every day, sessions…

  • RSAC Reflects Changes in Industry Attitudes, Focus

    by Tony Kontzer on April 22, 2015

    This is my fourth RSA Conference, which doesn't exactly make me a cagey old veteran, but it's just enough history to have a sense of how the gathering has changed in recent years. (All of you who've been coming since the 1990s should probably stop reading before you start snickering derisively like those two old dudes on the balcony from The Muppet Show.) The changes first RSAC in 2010 are…

  • Private Sector Cooperation in Cyber Threat Intelligence

    by Rita S. Heims on April 22, 2015

    Devices provide imperfect information security protection, even if they are considered acceptable for purposes of satisfying a legal obligation to follow industry security standards. An advanced warning system that predicts the likelihood of cyber attack may ultimately be more effective and less costly if well designed and executed. Private organizations have tremendous technical capacity to…

  • RSA's Amit Yoran: Security is Stumbling Around in the Dark

    by Tony Kontzer on April 21, 2015

    Amit Yoran clearly knows a good metaphor when he sees one. Or in this case, doesn’t see one. Yoran, who was named RSA Security's president last fall, took the stage at the RSA Conference in San Francisco Tuesday to deliver his first opening keynote. In the dark. And he let the audience of thousands sit there, in the pitch black, for an excruciatingly long moment before offering the first glimpses…

  • RSA Conference 2015 Daily Recap: Tuesday

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on April 21, 2015

    The RSA Conference in San Francisco officially opened Tuesday with everyone sitting in the dark. Literally. Amit Yoran, the new president of RSA Security began his opening keynote while standing on a dark stage. "My stumbling around in the dark is a pretty good metaphor for anyone who's trying to protect networks today," Yoran said, describing how the industry has failed to deliver on its…

  • How to Go From Techie to CISO

    by Tony Kontzer on April 21, 2015

    It hit me like a load of bricks Monday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco: CISOs are following in the footsteps of their CIO brethren. CIOs translated technology's rise in strategic importance to raise their profile within the enterprise. Similarly, CISOs are now taking advantage of the increased scrutiny on the organization's security to raise their profile in the business and gain entry…

  • RSAC 2015 Links Roundup, Day 2

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on April 21, 2015

    RSA Conference officially kicked off Tuesday with a performance by actress Jane Lynch and a doo-wop group, followed by the opening keynote speech by RSA Security's president, Amit Yoran. Check out some of the links from various media outlets covering the show, including today's keynotes and sessions. Rafal Los Talks Three Questions You Should Ask Security Vendors CSO Online's Day 2 Take on RSAC:…

  • Homeland Security Chief Talks Cybersecurity Mission at RSAC 2015

    by Tony Kontzer on April 21, 2015

    Jeh Johnson knows all too well how important security is. As the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Johnson not only is responsible for protecting the nation from terrorists, he's also accompanied by a secret service detail everywhere he goes. There was a time when that kind of physical was enough, but the world has changed. During a keynote at the RSA Conference in San…

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