This piece first appeared on the news site securitycurrent.
I experience the week of the RSA Conference from a different perspective than most attendees. In effect, I was not actually an attendee. Each year my analyst firm IT-Harvest rents a large suite in a hotel near Moscone Center, and turns it into a video studio. We hire, sponsored by the vendors being interviewed, a three-person camera crew to shoot interviews with industry executives and security experts. That means that I don’t get to attend the keynotes, sessions, or even visit the Expo floor, which this year was twice the size of last year.
But I do get intensive exposure to security vendors, which is, after all, my job to learn what is happening in the industry. Here is a brief summary of the 65 meetings, including the sponsored videos, I had February 24-28, 2014 in San Francisco.
The week kicked off with a breakfast meeting with Radiant Logic, which provides a federated identity platform.
Coffee with AccessData gave me a chance to catch up on their forensics and e-discovery products.
Cisco. Marty Roesch, Chief Architect, Security Business Group, gave me an update post acquisition of Sourcefire, on Cisco’s security strategy. It was hard to resist Tweeting the news that Cisco was open sourcing RNA, the technology Sourcefire invented for identifying applications via network signatures but that news was under embargo for three hours.
Fortinet has had an interesting year. John Maddison, VP Marketing, briefed me on their new “D” series data center hardware and retail solutions.