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RSA 2018 conference guide

by Lauren Horwitz

Managing Editor, Cisco.com

Table of contents

 Enterprises’ sense of urgency

We round up the news from RSA 2018 in San Francisco.

Inspired by RSA 2018, here are some of the long-standing security trends that define the landscape today.

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Introduction: Enterprises' sense of urgency

The theme at the RSA 2018 conference is “Now matters.” The idea behind this slogan is that enterprises need a sense of urgency to fare in today’s climate.

Companies now feel the stress to move at the pace of business, to stay one step ahead of malicious actors, to work flexibly with partners, and to meet the expectations of customers and employees. Add to that the need for companies to grow and scale—without running afoul of industry regulations or public perception. Companies are moving at the speed of light, so it’s no surprise that they struggle to keep pace with cyberattacks, ransomware, data breaches and more.

These diverse cyberthreats can have diverse consequences. According to the Cisco Midyear Cybersecurity Report, 54% contended with public repercussions from a data breach, 32% of companies surveyed lost revenue because of data breaches, and 25% lost customers or business opportunities.

Themes at the RSA 2018 conference will center on how companies can survive and thrive in an era that demands urgency. Key RSA themes include how enterprise data presents opportunities to connect with customers, but it also poses risks that malicious actors can exploit. Another focus is whether regulations like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and methodologies like blockchain technology present models for enterprises to prepare for the next wave of attacks or whether these frameworks pose too many problems. So too, many enterprises today are looking to fill their cybersecurity skills gap; according to the “Assessing the IT skills gap” report by CompTIA, 55% of respondents say they don’t have the right cybersecurity skills to meet their needs.

As cybersecurity threats increase, security has become an issue for the business and the boardroom, not just for IT. As they try to keep pace with the urgency of the new era, companies must cross the aisle between technologists and the business side. Bridging the gap between the two may prove the difference between success and failure.

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News from RSA 2018

Organizations like DHS managed the WannaCry ransomware outbreak by crowdsourcing information quickly and relying on trusted partnerships.

As cybercriminals shift from stealing customer data to attacking critical infrastructure, a modern cybersecurity strategy calls for more public-private sector partnerships, say experts.

Cyberthreats like NotPetya and Triton highlight the vulnerability of companies to cyberthreats that stem from incursions on operational technology networks.

Can GDPR, which takes effect May 25, and blockchain combat data-as-a-weapon attacks?

M&A creates a state of flux that malicious actors can exploit. Here’s how Live Nation and other companies use security tools to bolster their security strategy.

More than 45% of companies use more than 11 vendors for security. Here’s how to combat this vendor complexity and make security a priority.

Diverse perspectives generate better decision making.

Security term definitions:

Security trends, inspired by RSA 2018

Companies want to innovate and grow. But a substantial portion are concerned about the implications for security. Here’s how companies differentiate their business through a solid security strategy.

Two members of Cisco Talos, a threat research and intelligence team, discuss their role in identifying and stopping security threats.

Digital transformation. Compliance and regulation. Cyberattacks. How to keep up in the role of being a modern chief information security officer.

Autonomous cars need a digital platform underlying them to ensure the integrity and security.

As companies digitize, cyberthreats are mounting. Here’s how the 2017 RSA board framed cyberattacks today.

Here’s how hackers use a new form of hacking to get control of a computer’s resources and use these resources to mine cryptocurrency, including bitcoin.

Executives with higher degrees don’t necessarily learn how to combat with security risks. You might have a higher degree, but do you know how to manage risk?

The Internet of Things poses a wealth of opportunity. But can we secure IoT data?

Lauren Horwitz is the managing editor of Cisco.com, where she covers the IT infrastructure market and develops content strategy. Previously, Horwitz was a senior executive editor in the Business Applications and Architecture group at TechTarget;, a senior editor at Cutter Consortium, an IT research firm; and an editor at the American Prospect, a political journal. She has received awards from American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), a min Best of the Web award and the Kimmerling Prize for best graduate paper for her editing work on the journal article "The Fluid Jurisprudence of Israel's Emergency Powers.”