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Everybody was there, reflections from RSA San Francisco

RSA Conference 2016 in San Francisco

Looking back on the annual edition of the RSA Conference 2016 in San Francisco, one thing definitely stood out – everybody was there. The RSA Expo is the hotspot for who is who in the IT Security community, and has been for some time.

According to Admir Abdurahmanovic, Director of Business Development and Co-Founder of PrimeKey Solutions, RSA Expo is still the hotspot for who is who in the IT Security community. But Admir, after some 25 years as an IT Events veteran, would also like to see some improvements, for example, to the Conference at RSA, which in many respects has become a strange mix of visionary statements of keynote speakers and regular product presentations. Admir says, “We come to participate in the Expo, but it would be great to somehow engage in the Conference, maybe with a speaker in 2017”.

Admir continues, “What’s really interesting about the RSA Expo is that almost everybody in the IT Security community is there. We interact both with partners and a lot of other exhibiting companies, establishing new alliances, and we talk a lot with both established and potential customers. The value is obvious, it’s a high-end crowd and many of them end up at the PrimeKey booth.”

Tomas Gustavsson, CEO & CTO and Co-Founder of PrimeKey, adds to the mix by bringing up some interesting topics and elements to take away from this edition of RSA. Tomas says, “Companies worldwide must be ready to defend themselves against a new set of more dangerous and diverse types of attacks. These range from super hackers working nationwide to Cloud-based threats and sophisticated befuddlement techniques.”

Tomas concludes, “For the second year in a row the RSA event had a strong focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), a real issue that has still not made it to the top of the security agenda in many companies. Another threat that must be taken seriously is malware spreading incredibly fast via for instance Cloud services and that might potentially wipe out any corporate function or functions. The PrimeKey SignServer Enterprise would resolve many of the issues, in any kind of environment, including Cloud, by making sure that the code that runs is authentic.”

Finally, the heated debate about Apple versus FBI seems to continue. Someone commented that the road to hell starts with a backdoor. I suppose that sums up the RSA 2016 fairly well, and PrimeKey is well positioned to secure your data, code and privacy.