The last day of RSA was about as typical of the last day of a tradeshow.
– Reduced attendance; people trying to bailout early
– Lot’s of scurrying around for getting the last good schotzsky’s (ton’s of XXL T-shirts left though)
– Tired faces, tired feet, and movement in the booth’s a bit slower
Some key takeaways from the overall event:
– I observed a bunch of business-as-usual for RSA or any securityoriented show. Lot’s of encrypted database tools, encrypted USBdevices or other storage devices, and a few tokens or software agentsfor two-factor authentication.
– Some newer concepts or at least not as crowded with multiplevendors vying for the same finite market space: reputation-basedauthentication (not entirely clear as to what this is, but at leastit’s different), securing of endpoints extending all the way tovirtualized servers and workstations (that’s VERY interesting andtimely in the emerging age of Cloud Computing), and networkwidebehavioral analysis tools compiling ton’s of input from multiplesystems to come up with the psychiatric version of what’s ailing thenetwork.
– What’s happening with secure mobility? Gemalto and maybe 1 or 2other vendors SIM cards, smart cards, and microSD form factor cards formulti-factor device and user authentication (maybe some app level stuffif there were integration with the mobile device OS or apps). For anall-wireless IPS and geolocation system, AirPatrol still seems to bethe only vendor for cell and WiFi threat management.
– What did the air smell like in terms of rogue APs, adhoc networks(REALLY EVIL STUFF), and vulnerable client devices? Read about it on Dark Reading.
Well, another RSA and another few million brain cells killed. Signing off for now. Stay safe, update your passwords, subscribe to aremote wipe/kill service, and turn your wireless radios off (or atleast check out a nice client agent that will automagically do it for you).
Ghost blogger for ComputerWorld Canada during RSA