Day 3 Recap: Keynote Highlights, Giving it the “Old College Try”…Don’t Forget The 2018 Bash

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RSAC 2018 Wednesday Recap & Thursday Preview: Session Highlights, College Day, and the 2018 Bash

Are you worn out yet or do you still have an appetite for inspiring, informative, relevant and timely information security content?

Well, you’ve come to the right place because it was a great day three at the Conference. Let’s recap. With over 20 topics and tracks, from Analytics, Intelligence and Response to DevOps, Privacy, Threats, Cryptography and much more, our sessions and seminars really do offer something for everyone.

We encourage you to check out the complete line-up of topics and tracks and add to your week’s agenda. Here’s just a sampling of what was covered in our Industry Experts track today and available both for Conference attendees and those joining via RSACOnDemand:

  • POTUS Is Posting: Social Media and National Security - Russian involvement in the 2016 US election and President Trump’s arsenal of tweets barely hint at the ways in which social media now plays a role in our national security. This talk showed how social media is a platform for crime, espionage, propaganda, terrorism and war.
  • Hacking Exposed: Melting Down Memory- In the raw “Hacking Exposed” style, this session demonstrated attacks on Linux, IOT and machine-learning evasions while also providing relevant countermeasures for detection and response.        
  • The Rise of Confidential Computing - This talk described the architectures, runtimes, compilers and tooling for the creation of confidential computing services using Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs), which implement safe data processing environments inside untrusted or compromised computers.     
  • Hacking Exposed NextGen (AI Powered) - This session looked at the year’s headline hacks and offered likely explanations of each, how they worked and what went into each of them to make them so successful. Also, participants discussed and got a demonstration of potential AI techniques used by cyber attackers.

Quick quiz: What are the Five Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques and What’s coming Next? Well positioned to answer that question on Wednesday was the head of the Internet Storm Center, a top hacker exploits expert/teacher in the U.S. and a top expert on cyberattacks in the United Kingdom. These panelists joined moderator Allan Paller, Research Director and Founder, SANS Institute for one of Wednesday’s top keynotes.

Conference goers also got the opportunity to hear from Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code; Social Activist, Writer and Public Speaker Monica Lewinsky; Rami Rahim, CEO, Juniper Networks; and Samir Kapuria, SVP and General Manager, Cyber Security Services, Symantec. Make sure to check out our full schedule of keynotes for the rest of the week to make sure you don’t miss out.

Thursday: A Preview Snapshot

  • Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., Game Designer and Inventor of Super Better– World-renowned designer of games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems, the best-selling author speaks about the role of games in tackling real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury.
  • Tim Urban, Speaker and Creator of Wait But Why– Urban’s speech “Why Procrastinators Procrastinate: The Never-Ending Battle in Our Heads” is a presentation that consistently delights and inspires audiences. It is one of the 50 most-watched TED talks of all time and based on Urban’s research and personal experiences with procrastination.
  • RSA Conference College Day– By 2021, it’s estimated that there will be more than 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs across the globe. And, as you no doubt know, the number of bad guys is not decreasing. Our annual College Day is the ideal place for aspiring security professionals to explore career options, hear from the best in the field, and network with leading companies looking for young professionals to reinforce their workforce. We’re excited to host this year’s event! 
  • RSA Conference Sandbox– Thursday will be the last chance to get a full hands-on interactive experience to get demos, test your InfoSec skills, and discuss how pervasive computing and connectedness are broadening the threat landscape to include smart cities, electric grids, and industrial plants. A visit here is also a great chance to check out the Early Stage Expo.

Maybe you’ve gotten a chance to warm-up your party muscles with the Expo Pub Crawl and the Women’s Leadership Reception, well coming up next will be our yearly blowout party. Join us for the RSAC Bash 2018 which guarantees to be an unforgettable cybersecurity fest, complete with roaming performers, a remote-control race car track, and a legendary venue—the iconic San Francisco Armory. Come to network. Come to dance. Come to blow off steam and come up for air after a week of InfoSec immersion. Regardless, this is one party you will not want to leave early!

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