Attending RSAC 2018? I’m making plans to attend and have been thinking a lot about what past experiences have been the most impactful, from peer networking to the emergence of new technology each year. The conference has come a long way since including headshots on your passes and hosting in San Jose. Following a two-year RSAC hiatus and now in a new role as Head of Security at Illumio and Board Member of the Austin Chapter Cloud Security Alliance, I’m raring to return and sharing some of my thoughts on how make the most of your days at the show.
CAST YOUR NETWORKING WIDE
First and foremost, the conference is prime time to catch up with connections live in a familiar setting. It’s the closest thing to a reunion that I can think of. In keeping with this year's theme, "Now Matters" ... for cybersecurity conversation and comradery! Plan ahead to take advantage of the opportunities. There’s no shortage of places to meet outside of Moscone: from BSidesSF 2018, OURSA, and the CIO/CISO Interchange to vendor events, training, workshops, and, of course, parties.
WALK THE EXPO FLOOR (MANY TIMES)
Need a pass? Attend the expo compliments of Illumio! Register for an expo pass using Illumio’s code: X8SILLUM.
I am a huge fan of the expo and typically walk the floor several times with a different person each time. Conversations with vendors are often engaging, with some variables to consider like time of day and your fellow expo explorers' path (are they the yin to your yang?).
My walking tips: seek out promising newcomers, walk the periphery for engaging conversation and emerging technology, and get a sense of the overall theme. I’m looking forward to many planned sessions as well as spontaneous discussions about application and cloud security, threat hunting, methods and technologies to reduce time and spend, open source software security, and engaging awareness training.
Why prepare and plot your course now?
- Security is not a discretionary activity. "Now Matters" is a good prompt, after all. We need to secure systems and networks against highly sophisticated attacks and directed threats today – not three years from now.
- We need to think creatively and meeting with smart people who speak the same language helps, especially when meeting for the first time!
- We are all in this together and are very likely facing, or have faced, the same or similar challenges. It's worth giving forethought to the conversations you want to have.
DON'T MISS THE (BRIGHT AND) EARLY STAGE EXPO
Expo pass holders are welcome to attend the Early Stage Expo on Wednesday or Thursday. Don’t miss it. I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the bright minds behind these emerging startups and am looking forward to learning more about the rest. From the RSA Conference site:
People always underestimate the newcomers. Their mistake. This is the group with drive, character and a touch of grit to get them where they want to go. Located at the Marriot Marquis, the RSAC Early Stage Expo is the perfect megaphone for emerging startups. Interested in seeing the new innovations these startups are bringing to the table? Be sure to stop by and meet over 40 of the industry’s most promising up-and-comers.
... And THE BRIGHTEST BOOTH
Check in at Illumio's glowing orange booth 2904 in the North Hall. Be the first to see vulnerability maps live! The industry's first vulnerability-based micro-segmentation, non-stop demos, epic t-shirts.
And don't miss our Tuesday session: Secure your Data Center and Cloud with a Smart Micro-Segmentation Strategy. Chris Westphal will break down why you need micro-segmentation and the 5 steps to implement it in the South Expo Briefing Center at 5:10 PM.
Keep tabs on all things Illumio at RSA: www.illumio.com/rsa2018.
SEE YOU THERE!
Drop me a line if you’d like to meet.