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What to look for at the RSA Security Conference

by Avivah Litan  |  April 12, 2018  |  Comments Off on What to look for at the RSA Security Conference

Effectively navigating the RSA Security conference next week will be a challenge – there’s always so much to see, so much to learn, and so many people to connect with face to face.

This year I am attending with five main areas of interest that the conference sessions support,  and I’m optimistic that I will come back much more informed than I was when I got there.

  • Blockchain technology and security implications

Blockchain technology is likely to have a profound impact on our planet in the next 5-10 years. It’s slow to develop outside cryptocurrency use cases so I’m particularly interested in learning about the infrastructure being put in place to scale the use of this technology, the security implications, and what type of blockchain implementations can have the biggest impact on our society.

For example, I am very interested in how blockchain based advertising models can put consumers back in control of their own data, enable consumer privacy, and disrupt the gatekeeper-like business models that drive Internet commerce today (e.g. where Google and Facebook control most of the digital ad business).

Gartner just published a special report on blockchain that sheds a lot of light on the current and future state of this technology.  See Gartner research on Blockchain Based Transformation

  • Women in Security 

Women represent just 11% of the information security workforce, a number that has remained stagnant since 2013, according to a comprehensive 2017 study co-authored by the Executive Women’s Forum and (ISC)2 & the Center for Cyber Safety and Education.  See Women’s Report .

I’m very much looking forward to exploring this topic as the moderator of a panel with women from Israel’s elite 8200 cybersecurity unit. The session “The Untold Story of 8200: A Launching Point for Women in Cybersecurity” is on April 17 at 1 p.m.

Three other areas of interest I have that are supported by the RSA agenda are:

  1. Automated AI driven security incident prevention, orchestration and response
  2. Advanced Hacking methods
  3. Healthcare (iOT) security risks

Should be a vibrant motivating conference – and it’s always refreshing to see people “live”.

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Avivah Litan
VP Distinguished Analyst
19 years at Gartner
34 years IT industry

Avivah Litan is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner Research. Ms. Litan's areas of expertise include endpoint security, security analytics for cybersecurity and fraud, user and entity behavioral analytics, and insider threat detection. Read Full Bio

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