Kicking RSA Conference 2009 into action

Welcome from RSA Conference 2009 in sunny San Francisco!

Now that the SANS tutorials are just about wrapped up, it’s time tokick the conference into action. There are a few orientation-stylesessions scheduled for this afternoon, but this evening’s WelcomeReception will be the real opener.

The Welcome Reception is held in the exhibition hall, which I got asneak peek of a few minutes ago.  Any conference this size is bound tohave some flashy booths.  Here’s a few I noticed before I got tired ofdodging forklifts during the set up period.

  • Fortinet’s casino themed booth sporting the tagline “Don’t gamble with security.”
  • Venafi’s podium style presentation booth.  The person practicing reminded me of that ShamWow commercial I see on TV, but in a data security kind of way.  PGP had a similar booth, but it felt a bit more OxiClean.
  • IronKey’s huge USB stick, encrypted I presume, hanging from the rafters.
  • Google’s inflated ring suspended from the ceiling.  It is a cross between a blimp and a backyard swimming pool.
  • NSA’s walled perimeter.  I wanted to see more, but I didn’t have the right security clearance.
  • And of course, the RSA booth, which is roughly the size of a small city.

More on RSA Conference 2009 as the week unfolds.

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