RSA Conference Europe 2012 – first impressions

As we sit down for the conference introduction and first keynote speeches I thought I’d share my first impressions of the conference.

This is certainly a much slicker and more professionally run event than the service technology symposium I recently attended.  Given the size of both the organisers (RSA / EMC) and the exhibitors (Microsoft, Symantec, Qualys etc.) this is I suspect to be expected.  The only blight on the event for me so far was my mistake of buying a ridiculously overpriced Costa coffee (£4.40 for a regular latte anyone) when I could have grabbed a free one outside of the keynote room!  So the first lesson of the day is never use a Costa that is in a hotel.. and they don’t even give you points on your costa card..

Onto more interesting matters, there are a lot of great keynotes and presentations lined up over the next 3 days with keynotes from heavyweights such as Bruce Schneier and Jimmy Wales, presentations covering everything from secure agile development to in depth research into recent hacks, book signings and even a hactivist movie on Wednesday evening.

In a similar manner to my last conference I’ll provide overviews of the days along with more in depth details of some of the better / more interesting talks.  Look out for several upcoming posts on the themes of the conference!



Author: Kevin Fielder

Innovative and dynamic security professional, with a passion for driving change by successfully engaging with all levels of the business. I am a determined individual with proven ability to provide security insights to the business, in their language. These insights have gained board buy in for delivering security strategy aligned to key business goals. This is achieved by understanding the need to drive change through people, process and technology, rather than focusing exclusively on any one area. I take pride in being a highly articulate, motivational and persuasive team-builder. I have a strategic outlook with the ability to engage with and communicate innovative and effective security solutions to all levels of management. Along with a proven ability to translate security into business language and articulate the business benefits I am also passionate about leading security innovations and making security a key part of the business proposition to its customers. Security should be made a key differentiator to drive sales and customer retention, not just a cost centre! Outside of work I am a proud husband and father to an awesome family, and a passionate CrossFit coach and athlete.

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