Impressions of RSA Conference 2020: The Human Element

What is RSA Conference?

The RSA Conference 2020, the largest global cybersecurity event took place in San Francisco between February 24 – 28. With the threat of the coronavirus, the event was reduced in numbers but still racked up over 36,000 attendees! RSA Conference is one of the main events that the cybersecurity community looks forward to and it is always buzzing.

This year was no exception. Even with a few vendors pulling out, a majority of the vendors, regardless of company size or location, turned out in droves – using the opportunity to share knowledge, new technology, to prospect and meet up. 

Communication and Support

The theme of this year’s conference was the ‘human element’ and was seen as an opportunity by many to give backand to support. Social media campaigns raising money for cybersecurity related causes ran alongside the event.

There was also an increase in attendees recording video content and the show floor. For example, Scott Schober from Cybercrime Magazine interviewed Joe Pettit among others. He put together this showreel of highlights from the event.

Attendee Perspectives

Following on from his interview, Joe had this to say about RSA Conference:

“From a Tripwire perspective, they had a great event. A lot of good things happened not only on the show floor, but around the event too. At these events, Tripwire have decided to change their approach in recent years. Instead of giving away “swag”, they encouraged people to come by the booth, take a picture and post to social media using #TripwireCares. For every post on social media, Tripwire donated $1 to Girls Who Code, EFF, Hackers for Charity and Women in Tech (PDX). Tripwire has done something similar for the past couple of years now. We’re seeing more vendors follow suit, which is certainly more beneficial than giving away free pens”.

Also in attendance was Scott Carter for Venafi. In his recent blog, Scott put together a list of show floor talk from the event. It mostly centered around protecting the ‘machine element’. And if you like the subject of conferences, here are some reflections on the 3rd ENISA by Anastasios Arampatzis.

Impressions of RSA Conference 2020: The Human Element
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