What to Expect from the RSA Security Conference

February 25, 2016 Katie Macdonald

In less than a week, the RSA Conference will celebrate its 25th anniversary, gathering more than 30,000 attendees in San Francisco’s Moscone Center for annual favorites such as the Cryptographers’ Panel, big name keynotes, hacking demos, and lively after-hour parties.

RSA will feature over 400 expert-led sessions and 500 exhibitors, including your favorite CA, DigiCert—come visit us at Booth 5739.

Subjects to Look For at RSA 2016

So what will be the focus in this year’s conference? Here are a few things to look forward to:

The Unsecure Internet of Things. Obviously the Internet of Things is a hot topic. Overall connectivity is the goal for many, but security tends to get pushed down on the priority list, which has led to many security concerns. Sessions and keynotes will explore the fundamental security shortcomings that plague the IoT industry and articulate how to resolve those problems.

Cloud Security. According to Jon Oltsik of NetworkWorld, cloud security confusion and progress is also going to be a talked-about subject. He says that “even sophisticated enterprises don’t know where to turn when it comes to securing internal OpenStack and vCloud assets hosted on hyper-converged infrastructure while simultaneously protecting workloads hosted on Amazon AWS, IBM SoftLayers, Microsoft Azure, and others.”

Cybercrime Trends. Many panels will highlight upcoming trends in cybercrime. Cybercriminals are experts in identifying landscape changes, measuring what works or fails, and reacting to any strides taken in security. RSA will feature several discussions about new device flaws and research that shows why companies and individuals still fall victim to basic attacks.

Sean Penn. That’s right, actor Sean Penn will be making an appearance among the panelists and presenters as well. According to Sandra Toms, who is vice president and curator of the RSA Conference, Penn is an “advocate, philanthropist, and privacy supporter” that they felt would “provide our attendees with a fresh perspective to consider . . .” She added that a melding of cybersecurity and pop culture “has never been more prevalent.” He might even provide some insights about his infamous encounter with El Chapo, whom he communicated with through “a web of BBM devices.”

RSA is always full of new vulnerabilities and trends in security, so be sure to follow DigiCert on Twitter for updates, significant announcements, and stories from the conference floor.

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