RSA Conference 2016 Opens Today in San Francisco

February 29, 2016


World’s Largest Information Security Event Frames Industry Discussion For 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – February 29, 2016RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, kicked off its annual show today at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Taking place February 29 - March 4, RSA Conference 2016 brings together the top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats.

This year’s Conference includes a notable lineup of keynotes, including:

  • Nick Bostrom, Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Director, Future of Humanity Institute

  • Michael A. Brown, President and CEO, Symantec

  • The Cryptographers’ Panel, featuring Whitefield Diffie,Cryptographer & Security Expert, Cryptomatchic; Paul Kocher, President and Chief Scientist, Cryptography Research Division of Rambus; Moxie Marlinspike,Founder, Open Whisper Systems; Ronald Rivest, MIT Institute Professor, MIT; Adi Shamir, Professor, Computer Science Department, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel,

  • CSI: Cyber Panel – Security Dramas Arrive on the Small Screen panel, featuring Charley Koontz, Actor, CSI: Cyber; Shad Moss, Actor, CSI: Cyber; Anthony Zuiker, Creator/Executive Producer of the CSI Franchise, Technology Visionary, moderated by Sandra Toms, Vice President and Curator, RSA Conference

  • Martin Fink, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Director, Hewlett Packard Labs

  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware

  • David Isay, Founder, StoryCorps

  • Mark McLaughlin, Chairman, President and CEO, Palo Alto Networks

  • Sean Penn, Award Winning Actor, Writer and Director

  • Martin Roesch, Vice President and Chief Architect, Cisco Security Business Group
  • Admiral Michael S. Rogers, U.S. Navy, Commander; U.S. Cyber Command, Director; National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service

  • David Rothkopf, Chief Executive Officer and Editor, FP Group

  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

  • Amit Yoran, President, RSA

  • Christopher Young, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Intel Security Group

“All eyes are on the future of cybersecurity’s role in public and private sectors globally. The topics, themes and discussions at this year’s Conference will guide the direction of the industry and all facets of cyber activity,” said Linda Gray, General Manager of RSA Conference. “The thought leaders, industry influencers and security professionals we’ll have with us at the Conference will shed new light on the way we think about securing enterprise assets and consumer livelihoods.”

Some of the highlights at RSA Conference 2016 include:

  • CyberSmart: Parents Education Workshop – Prior to the conference, RSA Conference hosted San Francisco area parents for at the first-ever CyberSmart: Parents Education Workshop on Sunday, February 28. During this half-day interactive workshop, parents heard from industry experts on best practices for how to keep kids safe online. Topics included understanding how kids interact with the landscape of today’s technology, the top three risks posed to kids who use the Internet, and the best ways to engage with, educate and monitor kids’ activities online.

  • Innovation Sandbox – Kicking off on Monday, February 29, the popular Innovation Sandbox program culminates with one finalist recognized as “RSA Conference 2016’s Most Innovative Startup.” The 2016 program marks 11 years since the event launched at RSA Conference 2005 as Innovation Station.

  • The Sandbox – RSA Conference will offer “sandboxes” to learn how to encrypt mobile device emails, surf anonymously online, study the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities, test network security at SANS NetWars, and experiment on what happens to healthcare, finance or energy sectors when our critical infrastructure (ICS) is tested. Regardless of when attendees swing by The Sandbox, there are abundant opportunities to discover new solutions and share individual perspectives with colleagues.

  • Beyond Encryption: Why We Can’t Come Together on Security and Privacy – and the Catastrophes That Await If We Don’t – A panel of privacy and security experts will explore why the encryption controversy is only the tip of the iceberg of the security and privacy debate we should be having, and how years of partisan advocacy have eroded our privacy while doing almost nothing for our security. There are no easy answers, but with the right conversation we can change this disastrous course. This keynote panel discusses the problem, the opportunity and the nature of the digital and physical dangers that are headed this way if we allow the current stalemate to continue, featuring Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group; Mike McConnell, Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton; Nuala O’Conner, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Trevor Hughes, President & CEO, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), moderated by Art Coviello, President, Art Coviello Associates, LLC

  • Exclusive Sessions on Industry Hot Topics – Throughout the week, RSA Conference hosts a number of sessions covering pressing topics such as the Internet of Things, threat intelligence, Application Security & DevOps and much more. Some top-rated sessions for 2016 include:

    • Nothing Lasts Forever - Trust Has an Expiration Date

    •  Data Breach Litigation: How to Avoid it & Be Better Prepared to Play Defense

    •  How Infosec Maturity Models are Missing the Point

    •  A Conversation on Silicon Valley/DC Security Collaboration

    •  Machine Learning and the Cloud: Disrupting Threat Detection and Prevention

    •  From Ukraine to Pacemakers! The Real-World Consequences of Logical Attacks

  • Peer2Peer Sessions – These highly interactive gatherings are an opportunity for attendees who share a common interest to explore various security issues and topics. Sessions are facilitated by an experienced practitioner.

  • Crowdsourced Sessions – Crowdsourced Sessions are submitted by companies in various stages and are judged by industry peers who help identify unique sessions that will get the audience talking and keep attendees engaged.

  • Learning Labs – Learning Labs offer in-depth learning and high interactivity before, during and after Conference. The two-hour Labs target senior security information practitioners (10+ years). 

  • RSAC CyberSafety Village – The infosecurity industry has the opportunity to make a real difference to help keep kids safe online. RSA Conference 2016 will once again transform Moscone West (level 2) into the Cyber Safety Village, with exhibits and presentations that focus on mentoring kids on how to leverage technology safely and securely, and providing Internet safety education for parents.

  • RSAC TV – RSAC TV is the conference’s very own onsite recording studio. RSAC TV programming features the best of RSA Conference content distilled into concise and engaging presentations. Speaker interviews and RSAC Studio sessions are recorded throughout the week. Attendees can join the live studio audience to hear from some of the best minds in information security. 

RSA Conference would like to extend its thanks to 2016 sponsors: Intel Security; Microsoft; RSA; Cisco; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Palo Alto Networks; Qualys; Symantec; VMware; Akamai; Blue Coat; FireEye; HOB; IBM; Ixia; Sophos; Splunk; TeleTrusT; Trend Micro; Tripwire; Raytheon Websense; CA Technologies; CyberArk; Dell; Entrust Datacard; ForeScout; Gemalto; HID; iboss; Juniper Networks; Kaspersky; Proofpoint; Rapid7; Trustwave; Veracode; Verizon; Webroot; Zscaler; Acunetixl; Aligiance; Arbor Networks; Arxan; Capgemini; Citrix; Core Security; Easy Solutions; Identity Finder; Jiransoft; Lanner; MobileIron; NowSecure; Onapsis; SAS; TeleSign; Tenable Network Security; ThreatMetrix; Varonis; VASCO; VSS Monitoring; and Wombat Security. 

A complete RSA Conference 2016 agenda can be found at:



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