It was cool to participate in San Francisco’s RSA conference this year – we got lots of great traffic, both at our booth and on the street just outside Moscone Center, where we organized a flash mob with the message “Nobody Puts Identity in a Corner.”
There were some great thought-provoking keynotes–not the least of which was Stephen Colbert’s closing chat about NSA, RSA, Snowden, money and politics–as well as interesting panel discussions and even a few security breaches.
PC World’s Lucian Constantin reported that researchers from IOActive found vulnerabilities in the RSA Conference mobile app. Although the exposed data did not include social security numbers, it did share user name, title, employer, and nationality. Embarrassing and potentially very detrimental to users, both in terms of data loss and loss of trust.
But what makes this app vulnerability even more apropos is the theme of this year’s conference–active defense. Hackers love a good challenge and this time their challenge was turning the tables on RSA.
As we and the Denver Broncos have been saying, the best defense is a strong offense–(unless you’re a Seahawk ;-) ). While most security companies squirrel their secrets away in some proprietary dungeon-maze, ForgeRock believes in letting the sun shine in and keeping them open. By providing open-source solutions, we give our customers the opportunity to actively defend their private information – more eyes, better code, faster fixes.
It will be interesting to see what RSA focuses on next year, given the rapidly evolving nature of the security space. The Internet of Things (IoT) is propelling the industry, and as we become more and more connected, more and more companies will need to become more security-focused–even brand themselves as providers of security. Beyond securing devices and access, we think we’ll see a significant shift in 2014 as companies hone in on security as a top-line revenue driver.
Any thoughts on this year’s RSA show or the shifting security mindset? And/or the effectiveness of Stephen Colbert’s CloudFog app?
It was great meeting up with some of you in person at this year’s show, and looking forward to seeing you at the industry’s only Identity Relationship Management Summit this June!