RSA Conference Asia Pacific Japan Friday Preview

Posted on by Fahmida Y. Rashid

There are 28 sessions to choose from on the final day of RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan 2015. While the first day of sessions offered a lot of region-specific content, the second is more general. Instead of being region-specific, the sessions are more strategic, providing insights on specific topics.RSAC APJ

Mobile payments is a popular topic, but it is a concept with a lot of traction in Asia. Many users are already used to using their cell phones to pay for things in the physical world. In Security Considerations for Mobile Payment Devices: Trends, Risks and Countermeasures, Suhas Desai and Wouter Veugelen from PricewaterhouseCoopers will discuss the risks surrounding existing mobile payment mechanisms and best practices to ensure the transactions are properly secured. 

The keynote speakers on Wednesday discussed how the threat landscape had changed and how defenders needed to shift their tactics accordingly. The Friday sessions echoed those themes, such as the session on Malware Actors and Espionage: A Shift in the Criminal Value Chain by Fox-IT’s Eward Driehuis, and Assume Breach: An Inside Look at Cloud Service Provider Security, by Microsoft’s David Cross. As we keep getting reminded over and over again, it’s no longer a question of “if” the organization gets breached, but when.

Another area security professionals have to change their mindset the use of passwords. The session titled Does FIDO Really Usher the Death of Passwords by Kayvan Alikhani and Salah Machani from RSA looks at how the new FIDO standard can be used for better identity management and access control. Shearwater’s Mark Hoffman takes a different approach with ransomware in Ransomware, a Good Driver for Backups

That’s not to say the Asia/Pacific twist is absent on Friday. To go along with Thursday’s panel on privacy, there is another session called Getting Serious About Privacy and Cyber Security in Asia Pacific with DLA Piper’s Peter Jones.

This is the last day for the Expo floor, to make sure to visit the booths you haven’t gone to yet, and check out the 20-minute sessions in the Demo Theater. The closing keynotes begin with Tenable Security’s Matt Alderman, who looks at “Security 2.0.” Don’t miss out on the last keynote to close out the conference, by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi, who will discuss how businesses can be compassionate and not just profit-driven. He will also be in the Social Lounge during the lunch hour for a Meet & Greet.

Fahmida Y. Rashid

Information Security Journalist, Editor-in-Chief, RSA Conference


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