Virtual Show, Real-World Problems
Over the past 29 years, the RSA Conference has become the world’s meeting place for enterprise and technical information security professionals, with more than 36,000 people gathering last year amid darkening COVID-19 storm clouds to discuss the latest innovations in cybersecurity data, innovation and thought leadership.
More than 650 companies packed two floors at San Francisco’s Moscone Center in late February 2020 to show off their latest products, while some 520 educational sessions covered topics ranging from privacy and open source tools to machine learning and blockchain. But the in-person gathering came at a price, with four Exabeam staff testing positive for COVID-19 and one spending two weeks in an induced coma.
This year’s RSA Conference will be a fully virtual affair, with over 300 sessions across 20 educational tracks with keynotes, partner seminars, interactive sessions and sponsor briefings. Organizers in May 2020 delayed RSA Conference 2021 from the week of Feb. 8 to the week of May 17 in hopes of having both a virtual and physical event, but threw in the towel on the physical event in November 2020.
As we head into RSA Conference 2021 next week, CRN spoke with C-suite leaders from nine prominent cybersecurity vendors to see what they expect to be the major areas of focus at this year’s event. From human-operated ransomware and the increased weaponization of vulnerabilities to protecting remote workers and automating security intelligence, here’s what the brightest security minds are watching for.