Conference Tips

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Program Guide

Get ready, get set—Conference.

With 550+ expert-led sessions, 650+ exhibitors, over a dozen not-to-be missed keynotes, and virtually unlimited networking opportunities, RSAC 2018 has a lot to offer. So where do you start? You’ve come to the right place.

Attending RSAC for the first time? You probably have lots of questions about how best to prepare and what to expect once you arrive in San Francisco. Watch our virtual session to hear insights from Linda Gray Martin, General Manager of RSA Conference and Britta Glade, Director of Content and Curation, on how to maximize your experience. Hear helpful tips that will make it easy to manage all aspects of your time at Conference.


Plan before you go.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your RSAC 2018 experience. Start by using My Schedule —available on the web site and in the RSAC Mobile App (coming soon!)—to create a list of the keynotes and events you want to attend. And don’t forget that you can use the Reserve a Seat feature to guarantee yourself a spot at the sessions you can’t miss.

Compare passes.

Where can your Pass get you? Find out here.  

Thumbs UpBeat the crowds.

This year, registration will be held in one location—Moscone West—with expanded days. Be sure to bring your photo ID. Please also note, any bags larger than 16” x 22” x 9” will not be permitted in any Conference venue. If you do intend to bring a large bag, it can be checked at one of the Coat & Bag Check locations.


 Saturday   2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
 Sunday  7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
 Monday  7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
 Tuesday  6:30 AM – 7:00 PM
 Wednesday  6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
 Thursday  6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
 Friday  8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Stay informed.

No one likes being left out of the loop. Fortunately, we make that pretty difficult. Use the Conference Addendum each day to stay on top of any last-minute changes. Or refer to the RSAC Mobile App and Daily Emails for a rundown of the day’s highlights and important information. And even if you’ve already viewed the Conference agenda, be sure to give it another look before you arrive to make sure you’re familiar with all of our exciting additions.

Getting around. 

WayfindersMoscone is in the final year of construction, so we hope you won’t judge the book by its cover—at least this year. Next year, the outside will match the inside greatness, but in the meantime, we’re taking extra measures to make sure your jaunt from one activity to the next is as seamless as possible.

Look for our staff members wearing bright blue shirts and tall blue flags. They’re here to help you navigate the RSAC Campus and get you where you need to be!

And once you get your bearings, don’t miss out on these popular events happening at the Marriott Marquis:

  • Birds of a Feather 
  • CyBEER Ops* 
  • Learning Labs*
  • LoyaltyPlus Lounge**
  • Monday Seminars
  • Nighttime Ninja Sessions
  • Peer2Peer Sessions*
  • RSAC College Day 
  • RSAC Early Stage Expo 
  • RSAC Innovation Sandbox 
  • RSAC Sandbox 
  • Track Sessions

*Open to Full Conference Pass holders only.

**For Full Conference Pass holders who have attended five or more RSA Conferences.

Expand your knowledge.

Have a soft spot for knowledge? Take your skills to the next level at any of our SANS, (ISC)2 CISSP®, ISACA or CSA Tutorials and Trainings on Sunday and Monday.

Agenda iconGet the most out of your Monday.

Be sure to get an early start so you can make the most of our packed Monday agenda.

Map your Expo tour.

Familiarize yourself with the Expo floorplans. Highlight vendors you want to see. Look for incentives and invitations to special events from vendors in your mail and email.

 Monday   5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Welcome Reception)
 Tuesday   10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
 Wednesday   10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
 Thursday  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Street Eats

Feed your brain. And your body.

Head to the Street Eats food trucks* on Mission and Howard Streets (Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM) and Cybrew Café at the RSAC Sandbox in the Marriott Marquis to refuel between sessions. And be sure to make early reservations if you plan to dine out on the town.

*Open to all Pass types. Cash and credit accepted.

Get credit where credit’s due.

Hoping to get credit for the association-partnered sessions you attended? Make sure to check your email within a week after Conference for your full RSAC 2018 Trip Report. In addition to helpful resources and links, this report also acts as verification for sessions you scanned into. Once you have your report, visit the CE credits page for more details and specifics on applying for association accreditation.

We know fun like the back of our hand.


Cybersecurity isn’t all serious business—we have a fun side, too. So don’t miss the chance to blow off some steam and expand your social network.

Start the Conference with celebration at this year’s Welcome Reception. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you preview leading infosec vendors in both North and South Expos. And keep the fun going with the 2018 Expo Pub Crawl, where you’ll indulge in complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages while visiting with sponsoring companies’ booths to learn about their latest innovations. And for the grand finale, join us for one of the biggest RSAC Bashes in Conference history. Complete with mainstage musical entertainment, a remote-control race car track and a legendary venue—the iconic San Francisco Armory—this is one party you definitely won’t want to leave early.

5 tips from Conference veterans:

  1. Pack for comfort and convenience: Wear comfortable shoes. Pack a battery phone charger. Don’t leave your hotel without business cards.

  2. Plan ahead: Schedule meetings with top executives earlier in the week. Schedule sessions you are interested in right away. The RSAC Bash can be a good place to network.

  3. Always have a backup plan: Sessions can fill up quickly. Always select a plan B in case things change.

  4. Take care of yourself: Keep distance in mind when scheduling meetings. Otherwise, you will find yourself sprinting all week. Skip some after-hours events earlier in the week. And, of course, build in time to get food.

  5. Be smart about the Expo floor: Use the Expo floor layout to target key companies. Visit companies that are “musts” for your organization earlier in the week.

Ready to unlock the best of RSAC 2018?

With RSAC onDemand, you can experience some of the best of RSAC 2018 online, by watching—or re-watching—sessions from our highly coveted Industry Experts track, some of this year’s most anticipated Monday seminars and more. You’ll get an email detailing how to access it right before the Conference.

Need a Session Recap? Get the Presentations and Audio Recordings.

Looking to keep the great session insights fresh in your mind? You can access the PowerPoint presentations as well as slides with audio recordings for many of our sessions.

Hashtag icon #RSAC: Your social cheat sheet.

The RSA Conference Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages are great resources for information during the conference and all year long.

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