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10 Cybersecurity Issues To Watch For At RSA Conference 2021

As RSA Conference 2021 kicks off next week, CRN speaks with C-suite executives from nine prominent vendors to see what cybersecurity issues they expect to be the talk of this year’s event.

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Weaponization Of Vulnerabilities

Hackers have become much more effective at weaponizing hardware and software vulnerabilities, with adversaries investing substantial resources into scouring products for points of weakness, according to SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. As a result, Conner said defenders need to ensure they’re keeping current with all operating systems and conducting penetration testing on an ongoing basis.

“They’re testing you daily, and these new techniques have a half-life of weeks, not years,” Conner said. “People can’t be lethargic. They must update and keep current.”

Businesses need to re-examine their whole authentication scheme from network administrators on down since adversaries are going after key users in both customer and partner organizations, Conner said. Defenders must go beyond network segmentation and include multiple administrators dealing with applications concurrently to make impersonation attempts more difficult, according to Conner.

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