1RSA Conference 2017: From Cryptography to Mysteries of the Universe
This year’s RSA Conference, held Feb. 13-17 in San Francisco, saw more than 43,000 attendees show up to learn about the latest security trends, products and services. Among the annual traditions at the RSA Conference is the Cryptographers Panel, which includes Ron Rivest (the “R” in RSA) and Adi Shamir (the “S” in RSA). The cryptographers are not particularly enthusiastic about the modern state of security, with Shamir claiming that the internet as we know it is broken. Also at the conference, former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) chief Gen. Keith Alexander talked about how the cloud can help enable a common defense for organizations of all sizes. Meanwhile at a VIP event at the RSA Conference, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies, spoke about new innovations from RSA as well as his company’s broader approach to securing IT assets and information.
2Cryptographers Lament Internet Security
Those on the annual Cryptographers Panel weren’t overly enthusiastic about the current state of internet security. In particular, Whitfield “Whit” Diffie was even less optimistic than his peers about the modern state of security. “I think we’re doing everything wrong,” Diffie said. “If the resources spent on virus screening were spent on improving the logical functioning of devices, which is about improving programming, we’d get much better results.”
3Former NSA Chief Optimistic About Cloud Security
4Microsoft Advocates for a Digital Geneva Convention
5Dell Technologies Doubles Down on Security
At a VIP event during the RSA Conference, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies, detailed his company’s overall security strategy. “We have a broad set of capabilities from the data center to the client to security services and products that allows customers of all sizes to make sure their most valuable data is protected,” Dell said.
6Google Details Gmail Security Efforts
Elie Bursztein, anti-fraud and abuse research team lead at Google, detailed the many technologies and processes that Google uses to protect Gmail users and the service itself from exploitation. At this point in 2017, he said that 80 percent of inbound email to Gmail inboxes is encrypted, while 87 percent of outbound email is encrypted.
70Don’t Be Afraid of Stagefright
8NSA Shows Off Open-Source Security Technology
9Dedrone Demonstrates Anti-Drone Solution
10RSA Conference Wireless Not Secure
11Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Time and Space
12RSA 2018 Set for April
The 2017 RSA Conference was somewhat earlier in the year than past RSA Conferences. For 2018, the conference will run later, from April 16 to 20.