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The 2014 RSA Conference and Your Government

February 27, 2014
by Jacque Porte

This week, the American computer and network security company RSA is holding its 2014 RSA Conference, an annual cryptography and information security-related conference. Last year, over 24,000 people attended the event, and organizers expect even more attendees in 2014. Related seminars expand into the city of San Francisco with several alternative events, including TrustyCon (the first Trustworthy Technology Conference) and Bsides (a two-day information security conference).

This theme of this year’s RSA Conference is “Share. Learn. Secure. Capitalizing on Collective Intelligence.” Talks will focus on information security, identifying threats, encouraging cooperation, and defending against cyber-attacks. Speakers range from FBI Director James Comey to TV personality Stephen Colbert to Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computer Group.

So why does this matter to you? GovTech reminds us that, “Even if you are not going to California, you still need to pay attention.” The site’s Dan Lohrmann suggests keeping an eye out for “security industry trends, big announcements, new vendor products and video interviews with VIPs.” Discussion will likely cover privacy, the new National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), and building cyber-security for the Cloud, mobile, big data, and social media.

Other events of interest include three sessions with Phyllis Schneck, the new Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, a panel titled “Securing Our Nation’s Datacenters,” and a panel regarding “Hot Topics in Privacy” by Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer and Vice President of McAfee.

So keep tuned in--we’ll be checking in after the conference!

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