RSA Preview: In 2016, Security Policy is Front & Center
Next week, much of the security industry will again converge in Highwire PR’s hometown of San Francisco for the 2016 RSA Conference. With our security practice constantly adding new clients and welcoming new faces, RSA is an exciting time for all of us.
Last year, security entered national consciousness on a new level. This year, it has entered the stratosphere, with debates such as the need for consumer privacy versus national security reaching a fever pitch due to the role encryption has played in high profile cases like the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. The convergence among the worlds of lawmaking, politics and cybersecurity is reflected in two of the biggest names on this year’s agenda, keynote speakers Attorney General Loretta Lynch and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel.
With five full days of programming, here’s a sample of key themes, important sessions and other things to anticipate at this year’s conference, courtesy of a few folks in our security practice:
- Bill Bode, Account Director, San Francisco: The talk I am looking forward to most is the keynote, from United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Why? In the wake of Apple’s move to publicly defy the FBI by refusing to allow backdoor entry into a cell phone involved in a major investigation, US cyber policy will be at the forefront of conversation, a topic Lynch will surely address. The Attorney General’s talk should stimulate a thoughtful (and possibly heated) discussion highlighting the differing opinions between what the government and Silicon Valley thinks could be the future of fighting cyber crime- or a dangerous new precedent.
- Lindsay Bubbico Ciulla, Account Director, New York: I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of a panel discussion on “Roles of Industry and Government in Cyber-Incident Responses.” Given the election year and the increasing role of security in our everyday lives, I think it’ll be especially interesting to hear from the panel on the role of government and industry during a major security event.
- Megan Grasty, Senior Account Executive, San Francisco: I’m amazed at the continued implications surrounding our connected world. Also at the lack of understanding around the need for security in everything that is connected to the Internet—from smart toys to planes to cars. I’m looking forward to attending “Our Brave New Connected World: Is it Already Too Late?” to hear experts discuss the security challenges associated with the connected world.
- Mariah Robertson, Account Executive, San Francisco: We have seen some major breaches this past year, from OPM to Ashley Madison. I’m really interested in “Security Investigative Journalists Speak Out—More Breaches, More Problems” to hear insight on the most controversial cybersecurity stories of the past year from the journalists who covered these stories.
- Alexi Foster, Account Executive, San Francisco: I’m looking forward to the panel, “Beyond Encryption: Why We Can’t Come Together on Security and Privacy—and the Catastrophes That Await If We Don’t.” Encryption is clearly a hot-button issue—most notably with Apple’s recent refusal to the FBI to develop a backdoor to unlock the phone of the San Bernardino shooter—and it will be interesting to hear varying opinions. There is no simple answer to solve this controversial issue, and we’re going to need more creative brainpower if we want to prevent future dangers.
And, of course, we’re excited to see the epic parties and stunts that punctuate the show!
Beyond our party on Tuesday night, we wouldn’t miss vArmour’s Monday night punk rock throw down, ForeScout’s Wednesday night bash featuring one of the world’s Top 5 DJs, Trusona’s VIP launch party at Mourad or Veracode’s annual gathering at Ruby Skye. What are you most excited to see? Share your hot topics and party tips in the comments below. See you there!