• Proposing State Privacy Legislation Amidst National Privacy Law Discussions

    by Matt Dumiak on March 25, 2019

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    Several states recently presented and passed data privacy legislation introducing individual consumer rights as well as data breach notification rules which in some ways reflect the protections afforded by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Like their European counterparts, U.S states such as California, Hawaii, and Washington have passed or proposed laws that are created to provide customers with greater transparency and control over their personal data. California’s Consumer…

  • Getting to Know the New RSAC Advisory Board Members: Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis

    by RSAC Editorial Team on March 18, 2019

    Title:Barbara Lazarus Professor in Information Networking Director, Information Networking Institute (INI) Founding Director, Education, Training and Outreach, CyLab Carnegie Mellon University Number of years in the information security industry: 16 RSAC: What was your first job in the infosec industry? Haritos Tsamitis: In 2003, I was one of the founding directors of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, the un…

  • The Skills Needed to Combat Today’s Cybersecurity Threats

    by James Stanger on March 15, 2019

    CompTIA recently polled about 600 companies worldwide to identify major cybersecurity trends. According to the respondents, we’re facing a three-fold set of challenges: Enlarging attack surface Increasinglywell-armed adversaries Lack of trained individuals The increased attack surface involves two major elements: First, we’re seeing a proliferation of powerful devices and applications. Many of…

  • Day 5 Recap: RSAC College Day, (Girl) Scouting for Talent, Tina Fey, and Looking Ahead

    by RSAC Editorial Team on March 8, 2019

    Wow, what a week! Across the past five days we saw more than 42,500 attendees, 740 speakers, 700 exhibitors, 31 keynotes and 783 sessions. Conversations were as complex and diverse as the challenges we face in cybersecurity: from solving the talent shortage, how to combat stress/burnout, and the emerging field of public interest technology, to exploring deep technical subjects like emerging…

  • RSA Conference Keynote Impressions: The Voice of Cybersecurity is Changing Along With the Industry, and She Has a Lot to Say

    by Tony Kontzer on March 8, 2019

    If change is the only constant in life, as ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus is often quoted as having written, then cybersecurity is alive and well. Reminders that cybersecurity is an era of unprecedented change were everywhere at this week's RSA Conference in San Francisco, but nowhere were they on more obvious display than during the week's keynote sessions. In fact, one of the…

  • RSA Conference 2019: From Helen Mirren to a 1792 Penny, Cybersecurity Lessons Were Everywhere

    by Tony Kontzer on March 8, 2019

    Having attended most of the San Francisco RSA Conferences over the past decade, I can safely assert that they never fail to send me away with a full brain. Over the course of the week, there are always countless opportunities to learn, exchange, share, grow, and be blown away. I'm sure all of you would agree that the just concluded 2019 edition did not disappoint. From the moment the earliest…

  • Why One Simple Concept Found its Way into Just About Every RSA Conference Keynote

    by Tony Kontzer on March 8, 2019

    From the opening keynote of this year's RSA Conference in San Francisco Tuesday morning, one emerging theme spreading through the cyber security industry was made abundantly clear. "We are not just protecting data and applications and infrastructures," RSA President Rohit Ghai said. "We are in the business of protecting trust." Just to clarify, Ghai wasn't suggesting that the industry has fully…

  • International Women’s Day: A Time to Reflect Back and Peer Forward

    by Sandra Toms on March 8, 2019

    Finding the time to reflect can be hard. We’re all busy, so wrapped up in the day-to-day of our lives that putting aside time for anything other than what’s in front of us can feel daunting. For me that’s been especially true this week, as more than 40,000 people, 740 speakers and countless sessions and seminars at Moscone Center have kept me focused on delivering the best experience for our…

  • Day 4 Recap: Keynote Highlights, Capture the Flag, Public Interest Tech and More

    by RSAC Editorial Team on March 7, 2019

    Tired yet? Have the first four days been information overload or are you ready for more? We’re hoping it’s the latter because we have one more day of awesome content for you, and a special treat at the end of Friday when RSAC program chair Hugh Thompson sits down with actress and comedian Tiny Fey. Stick around! On Thursday the rain let up, the sun came out, and attendees were treated to a bevy…

  • As the RSA Conference Rages On, Equifax Faces the Music - Again

    by Tony Kontzer on March 7, 2019

    Equifax was back in the cyber security news cycle this week, and once again for all the wrong reasons. No, the company charged with storing, analyzing and judging consumer credit data did not suffer another breach. Rather, it was facing the music for its actions and inactions leading up to the 2017 breach that saw 143 million Americans' sensitive personal data exposed. First, a blistering report…

  • How the Vastly Improved Moscone Center Will Help the Future of Cyber Security

    by Tony Kontzer on March 7, 2019

    At every tech conference, executives of the host company talk about how the event is bigger and better than ever before. The RSA Conference is no exception, and this year, those claims are backed by a little something extra. You see, for the last four years, the conference's home, San Francisco's Moscone Center, has been undergoing a $551 million renovation that became increasingly disruptive to…

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