You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My final takeaway from #RSAC

I said my farewell to the RSA Conference Tuesday evening but had some final thoughts about the show that I wanted to share with you.

In addition to the keynotes I talked about, I attended a mock trial session involving malware, a digital certificate acquired for ill-gotten gains, and a healthcare company that ignored all things HIPAA (heard that a million times!) as well as a session by HP's Jacob West (an excellent presenter if you ever get a chance to see him) on mobile application security. Both were very well presented.

I had a chance to mingle with long-time colleagues and clients (many of which I met in person for the first time) on the show floor. It was also neat to see my book in the RSA bookstore - very humbling seeing it mixed in with some of the big sellers in our field.

Here's my big takeaway from everything that I saw and's something you've heard me say before and I'll continue saying it until I retire. It was echoed in every presentation I attended and every bit of marketing literature I read. Be it the overall network, databases, mobile apps, people - whatever - you cannot secure what you don't acknowledge. And so many of us are not acknowledging all the things that matter. So step back, see the big picture, fix the low-hanging fruit (the home-runs), put the proper tools and processes in place and then dig in further over and over again...never letting up.

Overall a really cool've got to go to the RSA Conference next year if you can.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Video: #RSAC 2012 is off and running

I'm live at the RSA Conference and here are my thoughts on the first two keynotes along with why you need to come to this show.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Live from #RSAC: Cloud computing's got some kinks (but you knew that)

I'm attending the RSA Conference this week and just sat through a panel discussion on cross-jurisdictional issues in the cloud. It was part of the Cloud Security Alliance Summit 2012.

Here's what I heard: there are tons of considerations around the management, access and even the e-discovery personal data in the cloud...lots of variables and just as many things still up in the air. I'm convinced that being an information privacy and security savvy attorney is a solid - and likely most lucrative - career paths that IT professionals could take right now.

One of the audience members (apparently a founder of the Unified Compliance Framework) asked the panel why we needed yet another group (the Cloud Security Alliance) establishing yet another set of information security standards when 99.99% of everything that's being touted today is already part of some other regulation, standard or framework. I completely agree and didn't hear any compelling explanations...Everyone wants their piece of the pie I suppose. 

Video: Seeing the big picture in information security

Little has been written about this in the context of information security but it's something you've go to consider in every decision you make: