RSA is next week, so we’ve been hitting the streets to get the scoop on what everyone will be talking about at the show this year (besides President Trump, Russian hacking, etc.)
The theme of the conference is the “Power of Opportunity”. We are to embrace the opportunity to develop professionally, help drive industry progress, and unite together as a community. There was a whole thing about “Zen stuff” on the website, but I kind of “zenned” out while reading it.
I think the discussion around protecting our country’s critical infrastructure is a huge, hot button issue given the political climate and concern over domestic security. Dr. Phyllis Schneck is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is focused on strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure. She’ll be speaking at a lunch on Wednesday the 15th at the Water Bar, which is a fantastic restaurant with a view of the Bay. You can register here. She’ll be talking about the convergence of cyber and physical security, along with the security challenges of dealing with Internet of Things (IoT) and ever connected operational technologies.
From a technology release standpoint, last year was all about integrations. And, in line with Phyllis’s discussion topics, I think everyone will be talking about how they secure the threat that IoT poses in enterprise environments. Can you detect incidents of compromise, can you lock down and patch devices, and more simply, can you even determine what devices are on your network? Check this out.
On the mainstage there are some amazing Keynote Speakers this year, besides the normal cybersecurity execs. I’m interested in checking out Eric Schmidt, Neil deGrasse and the entertainment, Seth Meyers, especially in light of some of the recent headlines and his history with the President.
All in all, it should prove to be a really interesting few days.
Now to the more important stuff…
The Food and Drink Section
RSA fills up all the restaurants in town within a few miles of Moscone. Good for SF, not good for grabbing a spur-of-the-moment bite to eat.
So, here’s a few places I suggest to get off the beaten path.
Get down to the Mission. You can find amazing food. Check out Heirloom Café. It’s on Folsom in a residential neighborhood. Great seasonal food and an epic aged wine selection. Of course, if you are in the Mission, you will have failed if haven’t hit a taqueria and ordered a Mission Burrito. El Farolito is pretty much the gold standard. Stay warm as you wait in line to get one at 1am. The line will tail off past the front door.
Get oysters and the crab salad at Swan Oyster Depot. Every food talking head goes there, so it may be overhyped, but it’s overhyped for a reason. Get there early for lunch before they run out. You may have to ditch a few sessions. So, you missed that ransomware remediation lecture. There will be others.
Oh, and the biggest party of the week is going to be thrown by ForeScout at Mezzanine. Kicking off with super awesome local DJ Chris Clouse, you can check him out here. Not to mention another top secret special performer.
Now, unfortunately, this private event is filled up, but if you want to go, stop by ForeScout booth #3635 in the North Hall and partake in our Twitter contest with @Eliot_Harriot. It’s the only way for a chance to win tickets to the party of the year.
See everyone in SF!