Record numbers attend RSA Conference 2016

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 08 March 2016
Record numbers attend RSA Conference 2016

A record 40,000 attendees participated in the 25th RSA Conference, which took place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, US from 29 February to 4 March.

Billed as one of the world’s biggest information security conferences, RSA Conference featured keynotes, track sessions and debates focused on the internet of things, industrial control systems, encryption, artificial intelligence and machine learning, crowdsourcing, healthcare, automotive, and more. Delegates also attended peer-to-peer sessions, tutorials and seminars.

Attendees learned how to effectively tell their security story and speak the language of business at ‘The Measure of Success: Security Metrics to Tell Your Story’ panel chaired by Lisa Lee, senior IT examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Julie Bernard, principal of cyber risk services at Deloitte; and Wendy Frank, principal at PwC.

“RSA Conference continues to be the premier security event, with each event seeing more attendees than ever before, and RSA Conference 2016 was no exception,” said Linda Gray, general manager of RSA Conference. “Our 25th anniversary marks not only a milestone in the conference’s reach and impact in this important industry, but is also a testament to the work we as a community are doing together. There were a lot of great discussions over the course of the week, and I look forward to the positive impact these will make on our world moving forward. We thank the cyber security community for its continued support, innovation, spirit and drive as we shape the future of our industry together.”

Highlights of the conference also included the ‘Innovation Sandbox’, which enabled delegates to learn how to encrypt mobile device e-mails, surf anonymously online, study the impact of internet of things (IoT) vulnerabilities, test network security and more.

This year also marked the first time that the conference included an interactive CyberSmart: Parents Education Workshop, which focused on helping parents from across San Francisco’s Bay Area to learn to teach their children how to interact safely with technology.

Meanwhile, the inaugural Security Scholars Program brought together cyber security students from ten public and private universities with leading experts, peers and conference attendees to discuss industry trends and participate in conference activities. The programme concluded with a Poster Exhibition where scholars demoed and discussed their work while connecting with industry leaders.

Notable keynote speakers included Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer; Christopher Young, senior vice president and general manager at Intel Security Group; Martin Fink, executive vice president, chief technology officer and director at Hewlett Packard Labs; and Amit Yoran, president of RSA.

RSA Conference 2016 Asia Pacific & Japan will take place on 20-22 July 2016 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The RSA Conference will also return to Abu Dhabi on 15-16 November 2016, while the RSA Conference 2017 will take place from 13-17 February 2017 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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