Day 1 Recap: Impactful Opening Keynotes, RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest Winner, and More

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We’re back! What a first day it has been. We are thrilled to welcome you back to San Francisco for RSA Conference 2024.

Some of the most innovative and intelligent people in the industry have already taken the RSAC stage during today’s opening keynote, track sessions, and seminars. With many more to come! Since it is impossible to be in more than one place at once, here’s a quick review of what you might have missed, and what you can look forward to tomorrow:

Announcing This Year’s RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest Winner

Congratulations to Co-Founder and CEO Ben Colman of Reality Defender, which was named RSAC’s “Most Innovative Startup 2024” at this afternoon’s annual contest. After making their case to our esteemed judges, Reality Defender took the crown for its Deepfake detection technology.

We also wanted to congratulate the 10 finalists as well. This contest continues to get more and more challenging each year, and they are certainly in good company. Since the start of the contest 19 years ago, the top 10 finalists have tallied more than 80 acquisitions and received over $13.5 billion in investments from some of the largest tech companies and entrepreneurs in the world. 

Highlights from today:

  • With current geopolitical climate, RSA Conference invited U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken dug into Technology and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy. He shared with the audience how the U.S. government is leveraging diplomacy to create a secure future, while promoting innovation.

  • Following the ubiquity of artificial intelligence talk at last years Conference, the folks from Cisco explored moving beyond the AI hype as the technology continues to evolve. The Time is Now: Redefining Security in the Age of AI encouraged attendees to rethink their cybersecurity strategy and consider how AI can help create a more holistic cloud security posture.

  • Lastly, the State of Cybersecurity Year in Review, recapped Mandiant's key takeaways from 2023 after tackling hundreds of diverse cyberattacks. Kevin Mandia rejoined us on the keynote stage to talk about how these insights can help inform decision-making at the executive and Board levels.

What’s happening tomorrow?

Tuesday is the first full day of our keynote presentations. Keep in mind that keynotes and track sessions will be available on-demand within four hours after their live occurrence and can be found on the session pages.

A few keynotes and networking opportunities you wont want to miss tomorrow:

  • Homeland Security in the Age of Artificial Intelligence - 8:30 - 8:55 AM at Moscone South, Room 203. Sit in on this fireside chat as we delve into the Department of Homeland Security's approach to harnessing the transformative potential of AI responsibly — ensuring innovation while safeguarding against adversarial uses that could impact national security and public safety.

  • The Cryptographer’s Panel - 9:40 - 10:30 AM at Moscone South, Room 203.  A consummate attendee favorite, the Cryptographer’s panel will address cybersecurity concerns with cryptocurrency and quantum computing, and examine the evolving security challenges in a world where AI systems possess remarkable creativity but lack a strict adherence to truth.

  • If you didn’t get enough startup inspiration from Innovation Sandbox, RSAC Launch Pad is back from 10:45 - 11:35 AM at Moscone South, Room 208 (The Sandbox). Drop by to watch three early-stage startups present their bold cybersecurity innovations Shark Tank®-style to a panel of renowned venture capitalists. Think of it as a sneak peak of the industry’s next big thing.

  • Securing the Modern Application: From Code to Infrastructure - 10:50 - 11:10 AM at Moscone West Street Level. In this session, it’ll focus specifically on application security as attendees will delve into the modern enterprise landscape, where organizations rely heavily on applications for business continuity and growth. However, those same applications that are so integral, can also expose organizations to new vulnerabilities in an increasingly connected world. 

  • Securing AI: What We’ve Learned and What Comes Next - 3:35 - 3:55 PM at Moscone West Street Level. Check out Microsoft’s own Vasu Jakkal as she explores both the immense opportunities and risks associated with AI, including essential strategies for ensuring safe deployment and governance.

  • Exploring the Universe, Quantum Bit by Quantum Bit - 3:55 - 4:15 PM at Moscone West Street Level. Brian Cox, an experimental physicist, will be exploring the enduring mysteries of cosmology, including a new theory of space and time that likens our universe to one big quantum computer. 

  • For networking, tomorrow RSAC Sandbox and RSAC Early-Stage Expo will be hosting another annual favorite: CyBEER Ops. Featuring craft beers and tasty tapas alongside activities like "Backdoor and Breaches” and a preview of the ICScape Room, the taps will be flowing from 4:30 - 6:15 PM at the Sandbox (Moscone South).

A reminder that the Expo is open tomorrow 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. We hope that everyone is enjoying RSA Conference so far – our week is only just beginning!

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