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RSA 2013 Recap: an Overwhelming Success

By Mike Flouton

We’re back (and recovering) from an action-packed few days at the RSA Conference. In addition to attending thought-provoking presentations and sessions, we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with numerous IT security executives and old friends at the SilverSky booth during our time in San Francisco. We’re excited about the enthusiastic response to our cloud security solutions featured during the show. Booth traffic was fantastic, and our product managers and engineers provided non-stop demos of our newly released email protection suite (EPS) to interested visitors. The response to the suite, and in particular our new Email DLP solution, was overwhelmingly positive!

The SilverSky team played a big part in RSA happenings beyond the expo floor as well. Here’s a look at a few show highlights: 

Our own John Viega, best-selling security author and EVP of products, strategy and services at SilverSky, was featured in one of this year’s hottest debates – Software Security: A Waste of Time – arguing about whether or not the cost of secure programming is too much for most companies. Though it was a heated discussion, the two security experts agreed (mostly) on five steps that companies can take to make their software more secure, and also recommended simple steps to improve development. You can check them out in articles from Dark Reading, PC Mag, SecurityWeek, Redmond Magazine and ThreatPost.

For years, penetration testing tools have been common in the arsenal of information security professionals. These tools allow any user to assess the vulnerable state of their IT platforms. But some say that they are useful while others assert they are detrimental for the overall health of the Internet. Top-rated RSA Conference speaker, former Forrester analyst and SilverSky CTO Andrew Jaquith shared his perspective on the rise of penetration testing tools in the lively debate Internet Gun Control - Are Pentesting Tools Good or Evil?, which drew quite a crowd!

As Ericka Chickowski of Dark Reading points out, there was much discussion around the “cloud security conundrum” at RSA this year, and it was certainly a hot topic at the SilverSky booth. It’s clear that security executives want to utilize the potential of the cloud. But many are afraid of the risks, uncertainty, impact on IT, cost of switching, and having to answer to their Boards about all of it. During the show, we previewed a newly released, independent study of U.S. CIOs called the Silver Lining Report, which reveals a dramatic surge in cloud confidence over the past 12 months, yet points to overarching security concerns that continue to inhibit widespread cloud adoption. WIRED has more on our Silver Lining Report, and you can download the full, free report here.

And, of course, RSA wouldn’t be complete without some fun. We had a great time catching up customers, partners, peers and colleagues at our SilverSky cocktail party at B Restaurant & Bar on Wednesday night during the conference. A great time was had by all!  

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