RSA Conference 2018: Buzzworthy Topics Wrap Up

RSA San Francisco 2018 concluded last week, some hot topics live on and continue to be discussed by the 40,000 participants as they dispersed and move onward in the respective roles in the IT security world. The 3 main buzzwords that EITN discovered are as follows:

Big buzzword #1: GDPR  – This is the first major change in EU privacy regulation in more than two decades and has far-reaching implications for worldwide organizations that touch the data of any EU citizen.

In other words…fundamentally every medium- and large-sized company is impacted. With May 25, 2018, as the go-live date, many are struggling to be ready and wondering what the consequences really will be—and how fast the penalties will be imparted.

The RSA San Francisco seminar covered GDPR in depth, exploring fundamentals such as what’s allowed with customer profiling and how to approach the 72-hour mandated breach notifications and security requirements, providing tangible guidance on pitfalls to avoid. It also ponders if this is just the beginning of what looks to be a groundswell of international privacy and security regulation.

Big buzzword #2: Blockchain – How do Bitcoin, blockchain, smart contracts and ICOs really work? And where will we first see these frameworks used to operate and protect businesses? In this fast-moving seminar, leading experts will guide attendees through the core elements of bitcoin, distributed systems and smart contracts.

Many sessions at RSA San Francisco 2018 was dedicated to the issues of Blockchain such as the Foundations of Bitcoin, Blockchain and Smart Contracts; Trust as a Service—Beyond the Blockchain Hype; and discussion if Can Blockchain Enable Identity Management?

The event provided technology and legal practitioners—the front line—look for pockets of crypto opportunity, design for scale and craft for regulatory approval; and Participants saw how the dark side of today’s attacks and scams has already changed operational security, the regulatory landscape and legal considerations.

Big buzzword #3: Machine Learning – Machine learning is integral to innumerable anti-abuse systems including spam and phishing detection, but the road to reap its benefits is paved with numerous abuse-specific challenges.

RSA San Francisco 2018 addressed how machine learning helps combat fraud and abuse; how machine learning, artificial intelligence and cyber security can come together to as a world-size robot in facing security threats; how can machine learning can be used advantageously (in the IT security aspect) from healthcare diagnostics to weather predictions.

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