RSA® Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, concluded its 30th annual event, which took place as a fully virtual experience this week. This year’s theme was Resilience, and in honor of all that the cybersecurity industry has accomplished over the past three decades, offered a must-attend celebration of thought leadership and education.
More than 20,000 people registered to view 449 sessions including, keynotes, track sessions, interactive programs, tutorials, seminars, and many special digital-first programs that focused on best practices and innovation. The content covered many of the industry’s most pressing topics, including privacy, machine learning and artificial intelligence, analytics, anti-fraud, policy and government, and risk management and governance.
“RSA Conference 2021 certainly looked different this year, but our commitment to offering thought-provoking, educational content held true to tradition and we’re confident that attendees walked away feeling inspired, challenged and excited to tackle the latest cybersecurity issues head-on,” said Linda Gray Martin, Vice President, RSA Conference. “This year proved that our community is as resilient as ever, and we thank all of our attendees, sponsors & exhibitors and partners for coming together virtually to collaborate, share knowledge and drive innovation for the greater good of the industry. We look forward to hosting RSAC 2022 from February 7 – 11, 2022.”
RSA Conference 2021 highlights included:
- 21 keynote presentations featuring industry experts, panels, and esteemed guest speakers
- A fireside chat SolarWinds: What Really Happened? where Sudhakar Ramakrishna, President and CEO of SolarWinds, shared his unique perspective around the anatomy of the attack, timeline, and specific learnings from the incident. Interested in learning more about the Incident Response effort? Join us on June 17th
- Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, hosted Cybersecurity as a National Imperative where she framed the Biden Administration’s approach to safeguarding U.S. cybersecurity and modernizing cybersecurity defenses.
- Closing out RSAC Conference 2021, a virtual experience with The Hugh Thompson Show: Backyard Edition, focused on the brightside of resilience, one of innovation and reinvention. Special guest, beloved inventor Steve Wozniak, gave us a peek into the mind of an optimistic creator by sharing his experiences, revelations, and perspective of a bright future.
- 735 speakers across 449 sessions and over 185 sponsors and exhibitors in the Digital Expo
- Apiiro being named RSA Conference 2021’s “Most Innovative Startup” by a panel of expert judges during the sixteenth annual RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest.
- Professor David Pointcheval receiving the annual RSAC Excellence in the Field of Mathematics Award for his work developing provable-security arguments for applied public-key cryptographic systems and protocols.
- RSAC College Day welcoming over 500 college students who attended dedicated events, and experienced RSA Conference sessions and the Digital Expo.
- RSAC Marketplace, a newly added digital resource inspired by the community. The equivalent to a year-round Expo, RSAC Marketplace is a single source to search for cybersecurity products, solutions and services based on particular needs.
- The Gula Tech Foundation awarding $1M to three nonprofits that are expanding our industry to one of "data care," which represents an effort to broaden the cybersecurity industry to be more inclusive and increase personal responsibility for data.
RSA Conference 2021 by the numbers:
- Over 20,000 registrants
- Over 150,000 sessions viewed with 435 hours of content available
- 65,000 visits to the Digital Expo
“After more than a year of severe uncertainty it was such a pleasure to see that the RSA Conference is still something we can all count on,” said Caroline Wong, Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt. “The humility and resilience that we as a community have demonstrated is worth celebrating. I always say security emerges at the intersection of behaviors and decisions that we take each day. Learning from our journeys through the unknown and sharing these lessons with each other is more important than ever as cybersecurity continues to come to the forefront of businesses globally.”
“This year’s Conference was unlike any other year, but it really stood out for its truly innovative content and quality of experience,” said Ed Skoudis, SANS Institute Fellow & Director of Cyber Ranges. “The Conference keynotes, sessions, and interactive tracks provided folks with inspiration to tackle today’s hardest cybersecurity challenges and to get ready to handle emerging new threats that are around the corner.”
“RSA Conference 2021 has been an incredible experience. The countless hours and energy that went into producing this virtual event from our speakers, the RSA Conference team, and the broad security community is amazing to see. I am thrilled to have watched it all come together this week,” said Hugh Thompson, RSAC Program Committee Chair. “RSAC 2021 has been a true story of Resilience, and the size and immense scale of the event a testament to the growing importance of cybersecurity in society.”
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