RSAC 2018 | The future of CyberSecurity conferences is a circus? A conversation with Bryson Bort

RSAC 2018 | The future of infosec is a Circus. A conversation with Bryson Bort.jpg

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society

The conversation that you are about to hear is from our RSA Conference 2018 coverage. It happened down at the SandBox, where we spent some quality time hanging out with the cool kids from the Villages. One of those cool kids is our long-time friend Bryson Bort, CEO and Founder of SCYTHE, and also one of the founding members of the ICS Village: a non-profit organization that promotes education and awareness for the security of Industrial Control Systems.

As we were approaching the end of the conference, we were curious to know how the Sandbox and the Villages presence worked out at this year RSA. So Sean and I sat down with him and talked about circuses and carnivals, world fairs and expositions, which might as well be the future of cybersecurity conferences.  

Wait, what? Well, let me explain. 

I suppose we can all agree that NOBODY, and I mean really NO ONE, likes PowerPoint presentations with some expert talking in front of it. Let’s be honest, we do not need to go to a conference to see a slideshow. On the other hand, we do enjoy and we do learn so much more - and this is a proven fact - when we get to experience something; and that is exactly what happens at cybersecurity Villages: we get to play, see, touch, ask questions and interact with all these machines and apparatus that the villagers invented, transported, and put together for us. In other words, humans enjoy experiential understanding.

So the feedback is very positive, people are interested in learning and nobody is trying to sell anything. This is because these villages are assembled and presented by extremely motivated and passionate experts who focus on specific topics but that ultimately all come together in a place where technology, economy, society and cybersecurity become one unique ecosystem that at this point, and even more in the near future, represent the backbone of our lives.

We agree with Bryson: the future of conferences is made of Villages that come together, coordinate their efforts to show and tell, while translating the tech-to-tech jargon into a language understandable by businesses, politicians and regulators, and, I am hoping really soon, end users.

The future of conferences might be all these Villages and SandBoxes going around together, from one city to another, traveling on a night train and setting up their big tent where everybody can see it. And then once night falls, the show can start once more.See where I am going with this?

So, Madame and Messieurs, do not hesitate. Leave the past behind and join us for tonight’s show. Nothing to fear but your own ignorance. Time to walk into the future, as the future is now. 

Let’s listen…