From February 24-27, I represented OneLogin in San Francisco for the 2020 RSA Conference at Moscone Center. The RSA Conference is where people from all over the world gather to talk about security and I got to witness an action-packed week of learning from cybersecurity professionals and live expert keynotes on topics from democratizing security to analyzing the psychology of fear. With over 36,000 attendees, 704 speakers, and 658 exhibitors, including OneLogin, the conference theme of “Human Element” was clearly in action.
Before you read on, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. As you may have heard, several large organizations (Verizon, IBM, AT&T) dropped out of RSA Conference 2020 due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This virus may be the human element causing concern for most during the conference, but little do people know that malicious attackers have been taking advantage of people’s fears in a completely different way - with phishing emails from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Make sure you know what you can do to protect yourself in health and security.
Now… Back on the Showfloor
This year at RSA, we decided to go with the theme of superheroes because “Securing the World Ain’t Just for Superheroes.” We donned black bomber jackets with “Security Squad” on our backs, ready to “secure” people from all over the world. We decked out the swag with Captain America and Wonder Woman themed shirts and stickers, which were a huge hit. We also kicked off #RSAC 2020 in style with the creative work of digital caricature artist Big Al Lopez! He was onsite drawing live caricature portraits for everyone in superhero uniform. Our partners also brought their capes to our booth so huge shout out to Saviynt, Braintrace, and Cloudflare! It was exciting to see so many people gathered for our partner presentations to learn about new advancements in our technology.
Aside from all the superheroing, there were a variety of expert speakers throughout the conference. I thought one of the strongest panels was a keynote session on how to “Rethink the Way You Secure Your Organization with Intrinsic Security” with Carrie Mills, Senior Manager of Cybersecurity at Southwest Airlines, Patrick Morley, SVP/GM of Security Business Unit at VMware, and Sanjay Poonen, COO of Customer Operations at Vmware, during Day 3 of the conference. It was a very honest conversation on how problems in the cybersecurity industry have been harder to solve than ever before, with cloud adoption technology, IoT, and more. The goal for every company in any industry is to make security an intrinsic part of strategy and architecture. This resonated with me and aligns well with our core mission at OneLogin, to securely connect people to technology. Check out the keynote to hear how you can unlock new advantages in security.
This year HackerOne hosted a Women in Security panel with the topic of Evolving the Perception of Women in Security. The panel included speakers from Box, Detectify, Starbucks, HackerOne, and our very own Vanessa Pegueros, Chief Trust & Security Officer at OneLogin. With International Women’s Day coming up on March 8th, this panel was highly motivational for women to pursue careers in the tech industry, especially in cybersecurity. As OneLogin’s CTSO, Vanessa Pegueros, added during the panel, “When it comes to solving problems — overcoming changes — the diversity of my teams is a huge key.”
On the Other Hand, Drumroll…Please
In the midst of all the “rescuing” at our booth, OneLogin was announced a winner in the Cyber Defense Magazine’s 8th year prestigious annual Cyber Defense Infosec Award for 2020! OneLogin won for “Most Innovative” in the Trusted Experience Platform™ category.
RSA 2020 wouldn’t be complete without an exclusive VIP lunch. OneLogin hosted its invite-only VIP Lunch during RSA hosted by OneLogin’s Rick Barr, COO, and Venkat Sathyamurthy, CPO, at the MKT Restaurant & Bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Other than the delicious 3-course meal, it was great to catch up with so many of our clients and colleagues and engage in so many exciting conversations from senior business leaders and professionals in Identity and Access Management (IAM). It was definitely a nice break from those conference crowds! Superheroes get hungry and tired too.
Thank you to the entire OneLogin team for putting on their capes during RSA, securing the world and making this conference a huge success! The conference left me incredibly excited about the future of cybersecurity. The immense scale of the event and diversity of exhibitors and attendees shows that companies are really focused on the increasing value that cybersecurity services (like OneLogin) can bring to their business and security functions. It’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of the cybersecurity industry and working for a company that’s building innovative technology in identity access management. A lot of the content at the conference this year centered around security strategy and architecture, but as the profession and conference continues to evolve, I’m really looking forward to more trailblazing perspectives and insights in the future. In that context, conferences like RSA are incredible opportunities to learn from the experiences of others in the industry. I’m already looking forward to next year! Check out our upcoming events to see where we’ll bring our capes next or connect with us today to see how OneLogin can secure your world.