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5 Big Statements From Cybersecurity Leaders At RSAC 2023

Kyle Alspach, Wade Tyler Millward

Top executives from Palo Alto Networks, CrowdStrike, Cisco, Microsoft and Trellix spoke out about current cyberthreats, generative AI and the cybersecurity talent shortage during keynotes at RSA Conference 2023.

CRN editors Kyle Alspach and Wade Tyler Millward talk about the hot topics at RSA 2023, including the roles of generative AI and the channel in cybersecurity.

Biggest Statements At RSAC

This week at RSA Conference 2023, top executives from some of the largest and most influential cybersecurity vendors took the stage for a series of packed keynote sessions. And the execs — from companies such as Palo Alto Networks, CrowdStrike, Cisco, Microsoft and Trellix — delivered keynotes on some of the key issues of the moment in the security world. Those included cyberthreats and adversary tactics, the cybersecurity talent shortage and, of course, generative AI (the unofficial theme of RSAC 2023).

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Trellix CEO Bryan Palma, for example, weighed in with his view on how cybersecurity teams can get the upper hand on attackers — by embracing offensive security. “Ransomware groups are attempting to destroy our businesses. Yet all we have is defensive tactics,” Palma said during his keynote Tuesday at RSAC 2023. “Shouldn’t we have an opportunity to not only strike back, but strike first?”

Among the other prominent executives who delivered keynotes at RSAC 2023 were Lee Klarich, chief product officer of Palo Alto Networks; George Kurtz, co-founder and CEO of CrowdStrike, along with Michael Sentonas, president of CrowdStrike; Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president for security, compliance, identity and management at Microsoft; and Jeetu Patel, executive vice president and general manager of security and collaboration at Cisco.

What follows are the five biggest statements from cybersecurity leaders at RSAC 2023.

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