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Sandra Toms

Sandra Toms

VP and Curator, RSA Conference

  • RSA Conference 2019 Theme: Better

    by Sandra Toms on August 22, 2018

    One of the most exciting and invigorating times of the year for the RSA Conference team is putting our collective heads together to brainstorm, select and develop a new theme for the upcoming year. We tackle this process armed with all of the verbatims and comments our attendees, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and entire staff take the time to provide at the end of Conference. As I mentioned in a…

  • The Sound Track to RSAC

    by Sandra Toms on July 10, 2018

    Each year, the Conference team pulls together music to play during keynote “walk-in” and “walk-out.” The team even has a discussion based on science around what is the best music for when someone walks into the keynote room and takes a chair vs. when you want to encourage the audience to leave the room. I’m not sure I completely understand the difference, but I’m glad the team thinks about it. …

  • Boot Camp: No Pain, No Gain

    by Sandra Toms on June 20, 2018

    So what does the RSA Conference team do post the US event (besides work on our RSAC Unplugged and RSAC APJ events)? We prepare for boot camp! Boot camp is aptly named. It is our RSA Conference design kick off meeting – an intense three-days of actively planning, breaking and rebuilding programs, ideas and concepts to develop the next RSA Conference experience. By the end of the three days, we…

  • Diversity with a Side of Caffeine

    by Sandra Toms on June 14, 2018

    Early Wednesday morning of RSAC US week, we asked a group of co-collaborators to work with us to help improve the diversity of RSA Conference. A broad spectrum of people were represented – some long-term RSAC attendees and some new to information security – all of various ages, genders, geographies, verticals, positions and ethnicities. In exchange for the 90-minute session, we promised the…

  • Yep, I Suggested Monica

    by Sandra Toms on June 7, 2018

    Have you ever had that awkward pause moment when you make a suggestion, and people look at you like you have a third eye? It feels like second nature to me! I don’t consider myself an “events person,” but I’m responsible for one of the world’s largest cybersecurity events. So, imagine the awkward pause moment I had when I suggested we have Monica Lewinsky keynote at RSA Conference. Most people…

  • The RSA Conference 2018 Keynote Line-Up

    by Sandra Toms on March 26, 2018

    Each year, we look forward to rounding out and finalizing our keynote line-up which usually happens about a month before RSA Conference and we’re excited to announce this year’s program which will bring forward-thinking, actionable and life-affirming stories to the keynote stage. The topics our speakers will explore range from how artificial intelligence can help or hurt humanity, preparing for…

  • Addressing Diversity at RSA Conference and in the Cybersecurity Industry

    by Sandra Toms on March 5, 2018

    We’ve been listening closely to the recent discussions surrounding the lack of female keynote speakers at RSA Conference, and we want to address it head on. We hear you. We understand. The Conference leadership team is made up of women, like myself, and we’re very much aware of the importance and value of bringing more women’s voices, perspectives and experiences to the forefront of conversations…

  • Embracing the Power of Opportunity During Cyber Security Awareness Month: Stop. Think. Connect.

    by Sandra Toms on October 3, 2016

    October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month: a great opportunity for all of us to take a moment to think about how we are protecting ourselves in this increasingly connected world. This reminder applies to everyone: from the CISO, to the college student interested in exploring a career in the security industry, to the mom curious how to bridge a conversation with her children about…

  • Expanding the Reach of RSA Conference

    by Sandra Toms on February 2, 2016

    Many of you have been asking the question: why is the cast of CSI Cyber taking the stage this year? Why are they keynoting over someone more ingrained in the industry? As we celebrate our 25-year anniversary, the melding of cybersecurity and pop culture has never been more prevalent. Movies, television and books focus on online activity ranging from credit theft to cyber espionage, and few things…

  • The Reality of Our Registration Twitter Promotion

    by Sandra Toms on January 22, 2016

    As some of you may have seen, a social media plug-in to our encrypted Conference registration system had some of our attendees concerned we were collecting Twitter passwords in our databases. RSA Conference 2016 has not and will not collect or store attendee Twitter password information during its Conference registration process. The “Tweet this” functionality on our encrypted registration page…

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