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Feb 16

V2 Daily Five: RSA Edition (Day Four)

By Katie Byrne

There’s no lack of buzz at RSA this year, here are some talking points for your last full day of the show.

1)  The key to security: determinism
IDC hosted their annual breakfast meeting this morning to a packed house. Program Vice President Sean Pike revealed that the key to security looking ahead lies in determinism: the most important security trend. “Determinism means integrity, I believe that it is integrity that will pull us through to the next phase of digital transformation,” said Pike, while also pointing to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning as important decision-making tools that will help improve accuracy and determinism going forward.

2) When it comes to diversity amongst security professionals…step up!
Given the immigration issues overtaking the country, RSA officials took this gathering as a opportunity to take a strong stance against discrimination and exclusion in the cybersecurity industry. RSA CTO Zulfikar Ramzan challenged the audience in his keynote address to “step up” and support diversity as opposed to alienation, while RSA’s CSO Niloofar Razi Howe discussed the lack of women in cybersecurity.

3) Nutrition labels for…gadgets?
Symantec CTO Hugh Thompson discussed IoT devices and their high risk factors in advance of his keynote address today. One possible solution he described is a “label” that would be on every device or gadget, each having “a set of security certifications” clearly outlined just like a nutritional label on an item of food.

4) Government officials take on RSA
On the state level, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged governors in his keynote to take over on the cyber-protection front, simply put, because the Federal government has failed to do so. To that end, Michael McCaul, U.S. Representative, R-Texas and the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, discussed how the Trump administration now has a chance to “turn the tide” and make cybersecurity a top priority on a national scale moving forward.

5) What happens at RSA doesn’t stay at RSA
According to an on-site survey from Centrify, almost half of IT professionals attending RSA this week said they are NOT confident in their own organization’s corporate security. Another on-site survey from AppViewX found that there is a significant lack of knowledge about respondent organization’s SSH (Secure Socket Shell), leaving them even more vulnerable to data breaches and external threats.

Hope you enjoyed the RSA Edition of the V2 Daily Five. Be sure to follow @v2comms or #V2DailyFive on Twitter for more information on the next major tradeshow we’ll be covering.

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