Don't you hate it when you have an awesome birthday and then wake up the next day sad that it is over?
If you're having that same feeling about RSA Conference or if you did not make it there this year, don't worry! We will bring a piece of it to you with our stories!
As part of ITSPmagazine's continuing RSA Conference 2018 coverage, our team will be recapping another terrific conference in San Francisco, complete with podcasts, live panel recordings, pictures, and even a few cyber celebrity sightings (remember, if you don't take a photo, it never happened)!
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Selena, Sean, Marco, John Dasher
Would you like a quick recap? Watch this video.
Chats on the road back from RSA Conference 2018.
If you enjoyed the video, or simply prefer a podcast, here it is.
We recorded it driving back to Los Angeles. Should be entertaining.
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Sean and Marco drove up the coast via the 101 freeway from Los Angeles to San Francisco. They had to choose between including Selena on this road trip or the video equipment and luggage. They chose clothes and cameras. Or Selena chose to fly. Let's leave it at that.
First Marco and Sean got coffee, then they picked up their press badges and checked to see if Lemmy made it into the RSA Conference magazine (is that what it's called?). And the answer was: "Yes! Looking good Lemmy!"
After that it was time to head down to the Embarcadero. The sun was out! Of course, it was San Francisco and it wouldn't last...
Selena flew up to San Francisco from Los Angeles and immediately headed over to Sausalito to meet Sean and Marco for our yearly tradition: Mexican food and tequila! The one day we all had free it rained, but that didn't take away from the lovely town.
It also allowed us to meet Orange Brolly, an astonishingly useless umbrella who stalked us for the rest of the week. Below you can witness its pathetic attempt to moderate one of our expert panels. How did it go? Next!
After working in the evening to prepare for the busy week ahead, we enjoyed a Smoked Maple Old Fashioned, which consisted of Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch, Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon, Demerara, Angostura Bitters, and crispy bacon. Great with a burger (also with bacon)! Whoever said 'you cannot eat your bacon and drink it too' was most definitely incorrect.
Off to a good start!
Sean and Marco met with Sarah Squire from Ping identity. The conversation with Sarah set the tone with a ton of energy. The topic also set the stage for what would be one of the recurring themes of the conversations throughout the conference: identity and privacy. Thanks Sarah!
Following our chat with Sarah, we had our first of five live panels. Time for the big games to start....
#1 Securing the Cloud
with Sian John
Following the panel, Selena conducted a ten-minute interview with Sian John, Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft, in which they touched on data hoarding, digital spring cleaning, and how to use security to unlock your productivity.
And then off we went to meet with the good guys from Atlanta. Fun times catching up with Jorge Fernandez from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Evan Goldberg from ARPR, and Justin Daniels from Baker Donelson. Enjoyed a good glass of wine and then it was time to spring for the backdoor. Literally.
We were cordially invited by Bateman Group to their Backdoor Party, where we got to see some friends, and had a great conversation with Leslie Schuman of Bateman Group about the state of cybersecurity and publishing. Long, complex story!
We made one more stop for the night as we happily accepted Mark Weatherford's invitation to the Varmour Rock & Roll gathering at the Mezzanine. It was there that we got to see Mark and where we also ran into Andy Chandler from Blueliv, Laz and Julia Tran from BlueLava, and Charles Beeler (not pictured) from Rally Ventures.
We started the day with the second of our five live panels.
#2 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Cybersecurity
with Diana Kelley
Afterwards, Marco had a follow-up chat with Diana Kelley about predicting the future (we'll let you know what we saw, but heads-up: the male romper is nowhere in sight).
Selena chatted with panelist Barbara Kay, Director of Security at ExtraHop, about the need for supervised and unsupervised ML, how to avoid inputting our own unconscious bias into the initial programming of AI, and whether she sees us going down the route of H.A.L. 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Later that same afternoon, we went live again.
#3 GDPR Identity and Cybersecurity
with Chris Pierson
Afterwards, Selena sat down with ITSPmagazine's good friend Elena Elkina, Aleada Consulting Partner, to chat about GDPR, but more from the individual's perspective over the company's perspective, looking at such things as how one would go about asking a company to delete or transfer their data.
At the same time, Sean got to interview Jeff Carpenter, CISSP, CCSP, Vertical Market Director - Authentication at Crossmatch live, on camera.
After the live panels were done, we ran off to attend the opening of the RSA Conference Sandbox where we visited all the Villages. Despite the initial disappointment about the lack of a Santa's Village, Marco enjoyed the tour. Thankfully, we got there early and grabbed some food before the crowd descended upon it, which kept Sean and Marco from turning into Joe Pesci.
We got to say hi and hang out with all of the 'villagers' and follow up on our pre-RSAC podcasts that we did with them. These can be found on the dedicated sandbox pages, which we are planning to keep up and running to help promote awareness for all the amazing initiatives they are taking to educate companies, people and public entities.
Later that night, we joined Sarah Hill from Enterprise Ireland and Alan McClinchey from IDA Ireland as they brought together some Ireland-based cybersecurity companies for Irish Night at, you guessed it, an Irish Pub a couple blocks away from the Moscone. There we ran into Gabe Lawrence and planned his involvement in our next Talk Show.
Our conversation with Sarah and Alan captured before RSAC can be heard below.
After a quick stop at the traditional RSAC hub of parties — the W Hotel — to meet with CA Technologies' Jennifer Miu and Laura Paine, we headed to THE event of this year's conference: Mayhem at the Mint, which was hosted by Bugcrowd and Scythe!
Thank you to Bryson Bort and Christine Piry for allowing us to cut the huge line and join the festivities as VIPs. We are not worthy! We are not worthy!
FYI - This gorgeous location was the historic San Francisco Mint, built in 1854 to serve the gold mines of the California Gold Rush, expanded in 1874, and survived a huge fire in 1906.
This gathering was a mecca for cybersecurity celebrity sightings. We met the Habitu8 co-founders Chad Loder, Nick Vann, and Jason Hoenick.
We also hung out with our good friend Scott Scheferman from Cylance and Stephen Grutzius from Verodin.
A great time, indeed. When we left, the party was still raging, but we had a bit of work to do and needed some rest before yet another eventful day on Wednesday.
And, an eventful day it was!
We kicked things off with an early chat with Mordecai Rosen from CA Technologies, with whom we discussed the app economy and the fact that pretty much every business is becoming a software company. Who would have guessed? ;)
Shortly after this chat, our fourth live panel was filmed.
#4 Beyond The Breach
with Sean Martin
Following the live panel, Selena chatted with Dr. Bret Fund, CEO of SecureSet, to further discuss the need for cybersecurity education despite the increase in automation.
A few hours later, we finished our live panels with a bang! No bleeps and a lot of memorable quotes on this fifth and final experts' conversation.
#5 Emerging Threats and Cyber Defense
with Chris Roberts
Once again, Selena conducted a quick follow-up interview, this time with Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist of Thycotic, who reminded us that cybersecurity is no longer an IT problem, or a security problem, or an executive problem – cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility.
Sean did a live interview with Nick Bilogorskiy, Cybersecurity Strategist of Juniper Networks.
With a sigh of relief that all five panels went off without a hitch, we ran (or, rather, walked as fast as our exhausted legs would allow) back to the W Hotel...
...to spend some time with Gary Hayslip and Tom Caldwell from Webroot.
We discussed SMB security, security maturity, and got their perspective on the future of the industry. We are looking forward to our webcast coming up at Black Hat in Las Vegas.
By the way, if you want to participate in a conversation at Black Hat, let us know!
And finally, our tour de force...the debut of our ITSPmagazine talk show! This was an unusual gathering at the intersection of IT security and society in an undisclosed location, which turned out to be the amazing Bugcrowd office, with many thanks to Casey Ellis for making this happen.
The unusual gathering consisted of Chris Roberts, Diana Kelley and Rachel Tobac – plus the ITSPmagazine team Sean Martin, Marco Ciappelli and Selena Templeton, as well as Tim Brown who helped out behind the camera. Chris supplied the whiskey (or whisky, depending on the geography from which it comes) and once the cameras were rolling, the conversation just flowed. As Chris remarked, "This was just fantastic to be part of...seriously great conversation across so many areas...."
Recorded in San Francisco during RSA Conference 2018. Never ending thanks to Bugcrowd for hosting us!
We then celebrated a great (long) day, a great week, great conversations, great old and new friends, with some delicious sushi and sake.
While Sean and Marco spent most of Thursday in the Sandbox (AND HAD A LOT OF ESPRESSO COFFEES!!!), Selena met up with Karen Worstell, former CISO at AT&T Wireless and Managing Principal and Founder at W Risk Group LLC, to see how they might collaborate. Because Selena is the host of ITSPmagazine's Diverse IT podcast, initially they met to discuss diversity in cybersecurity and technology, but Karen had such a great story to share for her own journey in this field, that the two are planning to get An InfoSec Life interview on the books very soon!
Meanwhile, hopped up on loads of caffeine, Sean and Marco did a follow-up interview with Alex Jay Balan of Bitdefender.
Sean and Marco also connected with Bryson for a quick chat (what do the ICS Village and the circus have in common? Stay tuned to find out!). Be sure to watch the ICS Village Video once it's published here which will walk you through the ICS SLED.
Following their presentation, Sean and Marco had a chance to connect with @SecurityTed Ted Harrington of @ISEsecurity and Dr. Konstantinos Triantafillou of University of Tennessee Medical Center. Sometimes during interviews the questions can go too far. Perhaps they did - perhaps they didn't. The podcast will reveal all when this one gets published. Stay tuned!
Once in a while, we found a moment to eat. It was rare that we were all together at one time, but on this day the three of us were eating lunch in the Press Room lounge. While mid-chew, a man asked if he could join us on the sofas. He looked at Marco's press badge and said, "Wait, you're ITSPmagazine?!?" We looked at his badge and realized that he was Charles Tendell of The Charles Tendell Show. It was a magical moment that brought us all together, because we'd been following and admiring each other from afar for some time! And then, as if that wasn't magic enough, another fellow randomly showed up to join the chat – Vince of the Vince in the Bay show!
As you can imagine, five people with podcasts don't just sit down to chat – we set up an impromptu video set and had a conversation that you’ll be able to see and hear soon!
And finally, we ended the night at Cloudflare's party for some super fun '80s music and non-stop dancing. Also, Marco became 'UN-HACKABLE' by drinking some marketing potion he found on the floor. He seems fine, in his own peculiar way. Oh, yes, small detail: he glows in the dark.
We closed our round of podcasts with a chat with Chris Pierson right before his last talk at RSAC which touched upon: facial recognition, privacy, GDPR, and what would make people care about their privacy. There are no answers to these questions. Judge for yourself - the podcast is coming soon.
RSAC 2018 | Is GDPR really that big of a step for privacy?
A conversation with Dr. Chris Pierson
Afterwards, we met with Michael Parisi from HITRUST and had lunch. We then ended the week with another tradition: we strolled down to the pier to play some pinball!
Phew! What a fantastic week! Sean and Marco drove back down to L.A. while Selena chose a comfy one-hour flight over a case of claustrophobia in the car. However, she did jump on the conversation recap of the week with the guys from the comfort of her sofa.
Their Story Chats at RSA Conference 2018
ITSPmagazine’s John Dasher joined us this year for RSA Conference 2018 in San Francisco to have a number of Their Story chats with a variety of companies. He spent the week talking to these folks: