Another exciting day at RSAC in the books! We’ve learned a lot in the past few days and shared some incredible moments, from hearing the exciting tales of sailing around the world and travels in space to witnessing many fantastic speakers discuss the latest in cybersecurity.

We’re officially past the halfway mark, but the fun isn’t over just yet. Let’s check out what took place today...

Nine keynotes took the South and West stages. The day opened with Hacking Exposed: Global Threat Brief, where attendees heard Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of Crowdstrike, discuss the most novel attacks in the current global landscape, including the cyber strategies of various nation states. “Policy is the next frontier,” shared Alperovitch. “Norms are established by government inaction or action, and in the coming years, government regulation, like GDPR, CCPA, Section 230 and national data breach laws, among others, establishes what sort of attacks we tolerate and which we do not.”

The Genomics: A New Frontier for Privacy and Security panel featured a wide-range of experts representing the healthcare, security and genetic testing industries. They explored the opportunities and challenges of genomics for individuals, companies and law enforcement, all with unique privacy implications.

Sharon Terry, President and CEO of Genetic Alliance, said, “Consumers must be the central focus and rewarded for sharing this information,” while Kathy Hibbs, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer of 23andMe, noted that the company’s customers “spend the most time on the privacy page of our website.” Mike Wilson, SVP and Chief Security Officer of Molina Healthcare, wrapped up the discussion by saying that “privacy is largely a philosophical discussion and should continue as this technology evolves.”

In an afternoon keynote, Navigating Privacy in a Data-Driven World: Treating Privacy as a Human Right, Jules Polonetsky, Chief Executive Officer at the Future of Privacy Forum, discussed why privacy is a basic human right in the ever-evolving technology industry. Jules explored how society is at a tipping point because new high-tech products like drones or biometric clothing are integrating themselves in our lives and, as the world around becomes more advanced, society must adjust. To protect consumer privacy, he argued, new legislation needs to be created because “if we mess up the same way we messed up with cookies” it will be similar but worse.

The Early Stage Expo continued in Moscone South with exciting emerging talent showing off their latest innovations at their booths. Next door, excitement buzzed throughout the room during the second annual RSAC Launch Pad, were three finalists – Dasera, Inc., Soluble and Zero Networks – shared their brilliant ideas in a Shark Tank®-style format to high-profile venture capitalists. We were impressed by their ingenuity and thoughtful innovation!

The excitement doesn’t stop here! We have another great day planned for tomorrow.

Thursday: A Preview Snapshot

  • Keynotes: We encourage you to check out the full schedule, and keep in mind that Conference will also be livestreaming some of this year’s keynotes. Here’s a few you won’t want to miss on Thursday:
    • Hacking Society – 9:20am – 10:10am at Moscone South. Bruce Schneier, Security Technologist, Researcher and Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss the advantages of a computer security mindset and will examine how to hack, then defend, society’s core systems: elections, the market economy, lawmaking and more.
    • Geopolitical Risks, Elections and Cybersecurity – 1:30pm – 2:20pm at Moscone South. Listen to Admiral James Stavridis, Retired Four-Star Officer and Chief International Diplomacy and Security Analyst for NBC News, and Juliette Kayyem from Harvard’s Kennedy School, discuss cyberthreats to the U.S. national security, democracy and industry.
    • On the Edge of Something Big: Security’s Next Frontier – 4:00pm – 4:25pm at Moscone West. Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Fortinet, will explore how ML and AI are woven into the security network environment and how events can be managed autonomously, saving critical resources and enabling focus on strategic concerns.
    • The 5 Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques and How to Counter Them – 4:25pm – 5:10pm at Moscone West. The panelists will discuss what the most dangerous new techniques hackers are using, how they are employing them and how to stop them.
  • Sessions: We recently added two additional sessions to the agenda for Thursday. You won’t want to miss them!
  • RSA College Day – Tomorrow is the first day of RSAC College Day! This is a great opportunity for aspiring cybersecurity professionals to connect with experts in the industry. The first-ever RSAC Security Scholar Poster Pitch-Off also takes place tomorrow, where three selected RSAC Security Scholars will present their groundbreaking research to a panel of experts.

Don’t forget to check out the Expo floor, open from 10 AM - 3 PM on Thursday!

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