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RSA 2016: What to expect this year from the people who really know! - Fahmida Rashid, InfoWorld

With the RSA Conference, the biggest cybersecurity event of the year, less than a week away, we thought we’d check in with some of our reporter friends to get their take on what to expect this year. We got some good feedback - some serious and some light-hearted - but all very interesting! Is the “hype cycle” (i.e. what’s “in” and what’s “out”) what is actually causing trouble in the security industry? Who is going to be the new security “darling” or the company everyone wants to hear more from? Continue below to see what Fahmida Rashid, Senior Writer of InfoWorld, had to say, and then check back again this week for insight from our additional reporter friends!     

fahmida.png    Fahmida Rashid, Senior Writer, InfoWorld, @FYRashid
  1. What do you think the major trend/topic will be this year?
    Officially, IoT and threat Intel. In a way it feels like 2015 Redux, or maybe it's 2015 Amplified, since it is the same themes but louder and more intense. Unofficially, I anticipate a lot of posturing about encryption and backdoors.
  1.     Any topics or trends you think will be "out" this year, i.e. over talked about and old news?

    I get the sense that cloud security is old news, not because no one cares, but because cloud is baseline. We are over the hump of adoption-- we all use cloud so all the hand wringing about whether it is safe is done. But what people don't always realize is now comes the hard part, where we keep things secure.

  1.     What are you most looking forward to about RSA?
    Networking opportunities, hallway conversations, and Innovation Sandbox.
  1.     Any companies you think are particularly "hot" this year that we should keep an eye out for?

    Vera is one. Quiet but doing good work. The splashy companies aren't always the ones doing cool stuff. I want to see what Digital Shadows, OpenDNS (as part of Cisco), and Recorded Future are going to do next.

  1.     Any "must attend" parties? We hear Rapid7 always has a good one!

    Seems like there will be more happy hours and smaller events, and not blowout parties. I think Sheryl Crow at the RSAC Codebreakers Bash is going to be amazing.

  1.      Planning to attend any of the keynotes?
    Does the cryptographers panel count as a keynote? It is one of my highlights and I am excited Moxie Marlinspike is on the panel this year.
  1.      And most importantly, you're planning to come to our 3rd Annual Merritt Group "RSA Wine-Down" happy hour co-hosted this year with Code Red Thursday night at Bluestem, right?!
    Yep!
Topics: Security CSO RSA