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Incite 3/9/2010 - Ten Reasons I Love the RSAC

By Mike Rothman
To stir the pot a bit before the RSA Conference, I did a FireStarter wondering out loud if social media would ever replace big industry conferences. Between the comments and my experiences last week, I’d say no. Though I can say social media provides the opportunity to make business acquaintances into friends and let loudmouths like Rich, Adrian and myself make a living having on an opinion (often 3 or 4 between us). So I figured this week, I’d do a Top 10 list of things I can’t do on Twitter, which will keep me going to the RSA Conference

Is It Wireless Security or Secure Wireless?

By Mike Rothman
As I’ve been digesting all I saw and heard last week at the RSA show, the major topic of wireless security re-emerged with a vengeance. To be honest, wireless security had kind of fallen off my radar for a while. Between most of the independent folks being acquired (both on the wireless security and wireless infrastructure sides) and lots of other shiny objects, there just wasn’t that much to worry about. We all know retailers remained worried (thanks, Uncle TJX!) and we saw lots of folks looking to segregate guest access from their branch networks when offering wireless

SecurosisTV: Low Hanging Fruit - Endpoint Security

By Mike Rothman
We’re happy to post the next SecurosisTV episode, in which yours truly goes through the Low Hanging Fruit of Endpoint Security. This is a pretty high-level view of the 7 different tactics (discussed in much more detail in the post), intended to give you a quick (6 minute) perspective on how to improve endpoint security posture with minimal effort. Direct Link: http://blip.tv/file/3281010 See it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUIwjc5jwN8 Yes, we know embedding a video is not NoScript friendly, so for each video we will also include a direct link to the page

RSA Tomfoolery: APT is the Fastest Way to Identify Fools and Liars

By Rich
It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. –Abraham Lincoln Although we expected APT to be the threat du jour at RSA, I have to admit even I was astounded at the outlandish displays of idiocy and outright deception among pundits and the vendor community. Now, let’s give credit where credit is due – only a minority of vendors hopped on the APT bandwagon. This post isn’t meant to be a diatribe against the entire product community, only those few who couldn’t help

Securosis at RSA Conference 2010

By Mike Rothman
Rich, Mike, and Adrian keep pretty busy schedules at RSA each year, so we are likely to be quiet on the blog this week. If you happen to be at the show, here are the speaking sessions and other appearances we’ll be doing throughout the week. Hopefully you’ll come up and say “Hi.” Rich and Adrian don’t bite. Speaking Sessions STAR-106: Security Groundhog Day – Third Time’s a Charm – Mike and Rich (Tuesday, March 2 @ 1pm) EXP-108: Winnovation – Security Zen through Disruptive Innovation and Cloud Computing – Rich and Chris Hoff (Tuesday, March 2 @ 3:40pm) END-203: How to Expedite Patching

FireStarter: Will Social Media Kill the Conference Star?

By Mike Rothman
On the eve of perhaps the biggest conference we security folks have (RSA Conference), we wanted to bait the echo chamber a bit, and wonder what the future of conferences is – especially given the amount and depth of information that is available via blogs and social media. Interestingly enough, we don’t necessarily have a consistent opinion here, but we want to hear what the community has to say. Hypothesis: Security conferences continue to decrease in importance because the events don’t really help customers do their jobs any better. The Bad and the Ugly Weak sessions: In general, most

RSAC 2010 Guide: Compliance

By Rich
And this is it: the final piece of the Securosis Guide to the RSA Conference 2010. Yes, there will be a lot to see at the show, and we hope this guide has been helpful for those planning to be in San Francisco. For those of you not able to attend, we’d like to think getting a feel for the major trends in each of our coverage areas wasn’t a total waste of time. Anyhow, without further ado, let’s talk about another of the big 3 themes, and the topic you love to hate (until it allows you to

Friday Summary: February 26, 2010

By Adrian Lane
Next week is the RSA conference. You might have noticed from some of our recent blog entries. And I am really looking forward to it. It’s one of my favorite events, but I am especially anxious for good food. Yes, I want to see a bunch of friends, and yes, I have a lot of vendors I am anxious to catch up with to chat ‘bout some of their products. But honestly, all that takes a back seat to food. I like living in Arizona, but the food here sucks. Going to San Francisco, even the small hole-in-the-wall lunch

RSAC 2010 Guide: Security Management

By Mike Rothman
To end a fine day, let’s continue through the Securosis Guide to the RSA Conference 2010 and discuss something that has been plaguing most of us since we started in this business: security management. Security Management For the past 20 years, we’ve been buying technologies to implement security controls. Yet management of all this security tends to be considered only when things are horribly broken – and they are. What We Expect to See There are four areas of interest at the show relative to security management: Log Religion: Driven by our friends at the PCI Security Standards Council, the entire

Retro Buffoonery

By Mike Rothman
I’m probably not supposed to do this, as I took the security marketer’s oath to get my first VP Marketing gig. But I’m going to pull the curtain back on some of the wacky stuff vendors do to sell their product/services. Today’s specific tactic is what I’ll dub retro buffoonery, which is when a vendor looks back in time, and states that they could have stopped attack X, Y and Z – if only their products were deployed before the attack. You see this stuff all the time. Whether it was TJX, Heartland, ZeuS, or
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