The much anticipated RSAC 2017 is finally here
As the respected security conference enters its 26th year, the scope of this year’s RSAC 2017 has greatly expanded to address a new generation of threats such as ransomware.
A lot has changed since a small group of cryptographers gathered to form the first RSA Security conference (RSAC) back in 1991. This year more than 40,000 people are expected to attend in San Francisco when the conference kicks off with a day of seminars on Feb. 13 followed by keynotes and exhibits the rest of the week.
Planning for Chaos
The title of the opening keynote at RSAC 2017 conference starting Monday in San Francisco — “Planning for Chaos” – neatly sums up the myriad challenges that anyone who uses technology today faces.
Every day, it seems, new kinds of risks and attacks on information security threaten virtually every service we rely upon every day, from Facebook and Uber to our increasingly Internet-connected cars and homes.
The growing risk of cyberattacks, combined with the proliferation of new malware technology such as ransomware, has introduced new headaches for enterprise security groups in areas that were barely even on the radar screen a year ago. Then there’s the dubious quality of security in so-called Internet of Things devices such as security cameras, which were blamed for a massive distributed denial of service attack in October.
To make matters worse, it’s getting harder find people who can fix the situation. There’s a severe shortage of security personnel that’s expected to reach a stunning 1.5 million open positions by 2020.
Add it all up, and the result is a world in which keeping information secure is both more critical and more difficult than ever to achieve. It’s no surprise that Gartner Inc. estimates worldwide information security spending will more than double from $76.9 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020.
“We’re moving from a world where we were restricting access to a world where it’s all about information sharing,” said Peter Burris, head of research at Wikibon Research. “We have to make sure that as we share more, we’re doing it with more controls, because your brand will be synonymous with your security.”
If you are at this year’s RSAC 2017 then make sure to catch up with the Expert Market Insight team!!