Information Security

Who To Look Out For At RSA Conference 2014 This Week

As everyone looks forward to RSA Conference kicking off today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, for attendees it must be difficult to plan your time so that you make the most of the 5 days. So how do you choose which of the 280 sessions to attend, or 604 speakers to listen to?

Here are 3 tips to make sure you hit the best sessions.

1. There are must-see keynotes throughout the week, but based on previous year’s experience, Wednesday’s session from James Comey, Director of the FBI will be well worth listening to. Hugh Thompson is always entertaining and although Stephen Colbert isn’t as high profile as previous speakers such as Bill Clinton or Tony Blair, I’m sure it will be a humorous end to the conference when he delivers the closing keynote on Friday.

2. Secondly, there are some great stand-out sessions for me, presented by well respected names in the information security industry. Here are four that I think are well worth attending.

Bruce Schneier

NSA Surveillance: What We Know, and What to Do about It

Rik Ferguson

Project 2020: Preparing Your Organization for Future Threats … Today

Larry Ponemon – panel discussion with guests

Why Cyber Incident Response Teams Get No Respect

Dan Hubbard – panel discussion with guests

Gumshoes – Security Investigative Journalists Speak Out

3. I’m not sure if past attendees remember, but at the end of each track session, attendees are usually requested to complete a session evaluation form or rate the session using the RSA Conference mobile app. RSA Conference organizers use this information over multiple years to comprise the ‘Top Rated Speaker’ list.

The Top Rated Speakers are noted on the website and in the printed Conference Guide with this icon Top rated icon, so if you have a spare hour, or you’re stuck and can’t decide what to do, then look out for these speakers.

I’ve picked out 10 Top Rated Speakers who are returning again this year, which means they have previously presented sessions which were well received, so they were invited back again this year.

To find out who they are, click here.


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