RSA 2013 is underway, with registered attendees wandering San Francisco with their badges on, showing perhaps a little less OPSEC awareness than is appropriate... billboards and taxis are adorned with infosec vendor advertising... BSidesSF has 1 day in the books... and the ABA InfoSec Committee has closed the books on yet another excellent annual pre-RSA meeting (I'll post separately on just how awesome this meeting was - and why you should get involved!:).
For those unfamiliar, the Monday or RSA week is about pre-conference workshops, seminars, etc. In the past few years, this day has become incredibly overcrowded with competing offerings, such as a huge Cloud Security Alliance full-day event, or this year's "Advancing Information Risk Management" half-day seminar. RSA also runs their "Innovation Sandbox" event where they showcase a handful of up-n-comers, and then they open the Expo floor with a big reception. Also, increasingly, Monday is becoming the secondary night of choice for vendor receptions as companies realize that trying to do anything on Wednesday night is just a bad idea, unless you're already well-established on that schedule.
Coming up later this week:
The conference gets started "officially" on Tuesday, with a string of vendor keynotes in the morning, and then actually track sessions starting in the afternoon. You can find me in the LAW track to start, moderating the "Hot Topics in InfoSec Law" panel for it's Nth consecutive showing at the conference. The LAW track is sponsored by the ABA SciTech Section, and provides a unique perspective vs. the rest of the event. If you have any interest in law as it pertains to security and privacy, then we hope you'll join us!
Wednesday morning, bright and early, a handful (or maybe a bunch) of us will be heading out on a fun run around 7am. That seems a little crazy, especially given the hills around here, so hopefully we'll take a sensible track. :) You can then find me Wednesday afternoon co-presenting with Bill Burns of Netflix. This will be a very quick 20-minute session on the confluence of security and risk management within a true DevOps/NoOps environment, looking at how it works! :) This session is begin reprised Thursday morning as a studio session, too.
Beyond that, I will be floating around between meetings, sessions, expo floor, etc. If you see me, please say hello! Oh, and btw, just to toot my own horn a little bit... I'm a "top-rated speaker" this year! :)
I'll try to post some updates during the week. In the meantime, if you're out here in San Francisco, have a good time and I hope to meet you all! If you're not here... have a good week, and maybe we'll see you out for RSA 2014! :)