RSA Conference Adds Focus on Cloud Computing Security

RSA Conference 2011 is set to begin Feb. 14 in San Francisco.

The buzzword for this year's RSA Conference-cloud.

The conference, which will run from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, has an entire track focused on cloud security. It is one of 17 class tracks available at this year's conference, which typically draws a large crowd of vendors, researchers and security pros to the city.

"Security is a rapidly evolving industry, and we've made some substantive changes to the tracks this year to help attendees get to the information they need," said Hugh Thompson, RSA Conference program committee chair and advisory board member. "Cloud Security is a new track, and here you'll find some of the best practitioners in the industry sharing information about operational cloud security, and how to manage identity, privacy and data security in the cloud."

Among the sessions planned is a discussion called "Cloud Computing Privacy and Security-The Legal, Ethical, Regulatory Framework," which will feature commentary from legal experts about the regulatory, legal and ethical issues surrounding cloud computing. Other sessions include "Cloud Computing: A Brave New World for Security and Privacy" and "Compliance in the Public Cloud."

Also new this year is the "Technology Infrastructure" track, which is the result of a merger between the Network and Mobile track and the Endpoints track from last year. This track, Thompson said, covers "the nuts and bolts of security and includes areas like network, wireless and endpoint security." Within it are sessions such as "Virtually Vulnerable: Pen Testing the Virtualized Network" and "Ubiquitous, Uncontrolled Mobility-Navigating the Perfect Storm," which discusses trends, threats and compliance issues facing organizations as they deal with the influx of mobile devices.

"-Hackers and Threats' is always popular, and this year we have a very interesting lineup of technical sessions looking at some of the biggest emerging threats," Thompson said. "I think it's the best lineup we've ever had. We have a particularly interesting -Hot Topics' track this year. This track is developed closer to the conference to reflect some of the latest trends in information security. You'll find talks on the WikiLeaks aftermath, up-to-the-minute threats, and new tools used by cyber-criminals."