RSA 2016, still the largest cybersecurity event in the world, did not disappoint. As I nurse my tired feet and liver, I thought I’d share some of the highlights from this year’s show.
It seemed like every announcement this year focused around this year’s show theme of “Connect to Protect”. Everyone was talking about the need for Security Orchestration, or at least telling the world that they offer it. Most organizations have many security products in their environments, and with the challenge in hiring great talent, teams need help integrating security tools and workflows. The industry needs to work together to make it easier for security professionals to do their job.
FireEye announced the acquisition of Invotas a few weeks back. That may have helped trigger the next big round of announcements at RSA:
- ServiceNow announced that they were extending into security operations and incident management to better coordinate between IT and security teams
- Phantom launched an open community-powered security automation and orchestration platform to accelerate investigations and breach response
- IBM acquired Resilient Systems which helps organizations orchestrates and automate breach response
Automating workflows and integrating with the industry to get things done is something ForeScout wholeheartedly agrees with and has been doing for a while. At the show, we announced a strategic partnership with FireEye, and have over 70 integrations with other security products.
The Conversation to Avoid…
Ever present was the ongoing battle of Apple vs the DOJ. If you heard that debate taking place and someone was about to unleash their latest “hot take”, it was definitely time to turn and go to the other side of the bar to catch up with that friend you haven’t seen for a while.
It will be interesting to understand what the actual size of the CASB market is this year. Will it be the $500M – $1B+ that was estimated by some analysts or an expansion of what CASB is now to the utopia of managed security in the cloud, i.e., Security-as-a-Service? Then the market size is massive and highly disruptive to the way security is implemented now.
Unofficial award for best marketing!
With over 700,000 square feet of Expo Hall space at Moscone, every company did its best to stand out this year. A favorite of mine was ThreatTrack with their Game of Thrones inspired booth with details down to a castle motif, flags to represent the different family clans, and a grog mug giveaway. But the most creative booth and RSA presence in my mind was Trend Micro who promised to stop the turbulence in security. Their airline-focused presence included a jet engine flying above the expo hall, a presentation area that mimicked the flight safety instructions, and a Trend Micro team dressed as flight attendants, baggage handlers and pilots. Throw in great advertising that expanded that theme in the Expo hall areas and the result was people talking about Trend while walking the show floor.
Talk of the town
Last but not least, ForeScout threw one hell of a party at the Mezzanine with three amazing DJ’s. It was a night to remember and definitely one that will be tough to beat.
Until next year…