Day 2 Recap: Keynote Highlights, Launch Pad, Cryptographer’s Panel, and More Geopolitics

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RSA Conference 2024 is in full swing! Today, we enjoyed 14 keynotes and 72 track sessions led by speakers who shared inspirational stories and insights with thousands of our attendees. If you were unable to attend all the sessions you wanted to, remember that many are available on-demand on the session pages on our website. Some highlights from today’s agenda include:

First off, RSAC Launch Pad drew in a great crowd with a Shark Tank® type scenario in which finalists Culminate, Knostic, and Tamnoon gave their best elevator pitches to Sarah Guo from Conviction Partners LLC, Barmak Meftah from Ballistic Ventures, and Enrique Salem from Bain Capital Ventures. It was a tough panel, but all three finalists shined on stage.

Then the "Godmother of AI" broke down the emerging opportunities and risks associated with AI, as new models and applications continue to evolve in Artificial Intelligence: The Ultimate Double-Edged Sword. She also addressed the challenges faced in this nascent industry as everyone struggles to regulate and appropriately leverage the technology

Next, an annual attendee favorite returned – The CryptographersPanel. This year’s group discussed pressing issues facing our industry and found answers to some forward-looking questions like: Will cryptocurrency rattle in your pocket? Will quantum computing break RSA? What will security mean in a world that depends on AIs with more imagination than respect for the truth?

Following U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s keynote on Monday, we continued to deep dive into geopolitics today with sessions led by some of the brightest minds in the public sector: 

  • In A World On Fire: Playing Defense in a Digitized World...and Winning the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly and former Director Chris Krebs got into what has been keeping them up at night and how American businesses can defend themselves as cyber threats become intertwined with geopolitical conflicts. 

  • We gained insights into the current state of cybersecurity policy and the impact of recent coordination efforts between the public and private sectors with the U.S. National Cyber Director Harry Coker and the former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) Sue Gordon. The State of Our Cyber Is Strong: The View from the White House also provided an overview of how businesses can contribute to maintaining the nation’s digital security. 

  • Homeland Security in the Age of Artificial Intelligence featured a fireside chat between United States Science Envoy for Artificial Intelligence Rumman Chowdhury and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. They elaborated on how the Department of Homeland Security views the potential threats associated with AI development and adoption, including adversarial use that could be a threat to national security. 

Wednesday: At a Glance

We encourage you to check out the full schedule, but here are a few talks and events happening tomorrow that you won’t want to miss:

  • AI Safety: Where’s the Puck Headed? - 9:40 - 10:30 AM in Moscone South, Room 203. In this high-impact panel session, leading experts from Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, the Center for AI Safety, and Harvard will dig into the transformative rise of AI Safety as a critical concern in boardroom and beyond. 

  • A Conversation with Actor, Comedian and Writer, Jason Sudeikis - 11:30 - 11:55 AM in Moscone West. Some levity ahead! Ted Lasso himself (AKA Jason Sudeikis) will be here to talk teamwork, leadership, collaboration, and the power of community. 

  • Apocalypse Avoided: The Future According to the Four Horsemen of Cyber - 1:15 - 2:05 PM in Moscone South, Room 203. In a historic reunion, the Four Horsemen of Cyber will gather publicly after 15 years to reflect on the evolution of cyber threats since they faced the worst American military compromise in 2008.

  • Tech Diplomacy: Building Cyber Resilience Together - 2:25 - 3:15 PM in Moscone South, Room 203. Join us for a discussion on the collaborative efforts being made to shape international cybersecurity standards amid increasing adversarial misuse of technology — exemplified by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

  • The Five Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques You Need to Know About - 4:15 - 5:00 PM in Moscone West. Don't miss the annual RSA Conference session from SANS, offering expert insights into the latest attack techniques, empowering organizations with actionable defensive strategies to mitigate the impact of emerging threats.

  • RSAC Early Stage Expo9:30 AM – 4:30 PM in Moscone South, Early Stage Expo. Back for another year, Early Stage Expo is your opportunity to meet 60 of the industry’s hottest newcomers. Learn about how they are pushing the envelope and shaping the future of the industry by stopping by their kiosks or sitting in on a short demo at the Early Stage Expo Briefing Center. The Early Stage Expo is open to all passes Wednesday and Thursday.

Lastly, we extend a huge congratulations to the RSA Conference 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Michael Brown, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.) and the recipients of the 2024 Excellence in the Field of Mathematics Award, Craig Gentry and Oded Regev. Gentry proposed the first Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) in 2009, while Regev invented ‘Learning with Errors’ (LWE) in 2005. Congrats!

A reminder that the Expo hours on Wednesday will be 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Here’s to another exciting day at RSA Conference 2024!

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