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I’ve been to countless RSA Conferences. Two years ago it was about who survived. Last year was cloud hype. This year: mobile security.
In our booth, I demonstrated our new mobile security solution on an iPad non-stop. To the point of shoulder pain and post-show massage therapy after holding that thing up for hours and hundreds of demos to eager onlookers. The interest in mobile security is very real.
So how big is the problem?
We had the Ponemon Institute survey more than 4,000 IT professionals in 12 countries. It is clear from the answers that corporate mobile devices and the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon are absolutely circumventing enterprise security and policies. Fifty-nine percent report that employees circumvent or disengage security features like passwords and key locks. A lost device with no password is an open door to email, calendars, social circles, and apps that access confidential information. And just over half experienced data loss because of unsecured mobile devices, including laptops, smartphones, USB devices, and tablets. The problem is big.
Most IT pros know that by enabling a mobile workforce they are supporting business productivity, but they also recognize the risk. Check out the full results of the survey here.
I can’t say this often enough: standard mobile device management (MDM) isn’t enough. You really need to look at the new Websense TRITON Mobile Security solution that we announced the RSA Conference. It combines four components (web security, data security, mobile malware / app protection, and mobile device management features). As a cloud security service, it prevents confidential data loss on iPads, iPhones, Android, and other mobile devices.
Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.
Just a quick post here as we all get set for the giant Lollapalooza that is the RSA Conference. There are a few really interesting sessions, so I thought I’d share my top picks and get your thoughts.
So—what am I most interested in seeing? Well if you caught my recent article in CSO Magazine, you know I’m big on IP protection. There’s a panel discussion called “Elephant in the Room: Intellectual Property Hacking” (session ID HOT-108) that I’m definitely attending.
Another one is, “CISOs Check the Weather: Beyond the Hype of Cloud Security” (session ID CLD-201) with my good friend, Jerry Archer, the CSO of Sallie Mae and members of the Cloud Security Alliance that I think is going to be worth the price of admission.
Then, because we know we are only as secure as our people, there’s a panel on social engineering called, “Human Hacking Exposed: 6 Preventative Tips That Can Save Your Company” (session ID HOT-204).
Gene Hodges, Websense CEO will be on a panel discussion, “Top Security Weathermen Forecast the Cloud” with some other security luminaries. That is session number SECT-301 on March 1.
I’m also hoping to check out "BYOD: Securing Mobile Devices You Don’t Own" (session ID MBS-303) and "Three Ways to Lose Data and One Way to Stop It" (session ID DAS-202).
I’m stilling looking at the rest of the agenda, but wanted to share with you those sessions to take a look at. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.
Remember to use the show for what it is - an opportunity to connect with peers. Don’t over pack your session schedule. Make time to talk with folks during breaks or at after hours events. Have fun! Head to the Rapid 7 party! KPMG is holding arrival cocktails on Monday. Websense is hosting our own cocktail party on Wednesday. Let me know if you would like to go. We’ll have more than a hundred leaders of the security world there.
Drop me a message or connect with me on LinkedIn if you’d like to get together sometime during the show.
Feel free to leave a comment about any sessions you are looking forward to.
The RSA Conference is almost here! Here’s a quick run down on previews and activities we’ll be involved in at next week’s RSA Conference.
- Websense will be at booth #1332. We’ll be doing informative presentations on how to solve thorny problems, and we’ll also be doing live product demos. We’ll also be showcasing the new X10G—proving that “FINALLY! AGGRESSIVE SECURITY SCALES.” If you work for a large enterprise, stop by to find out why that should matter to you.
- Wednesday, February 29 at 10:40 a.m. in room 121: “The Social Web: Business vs. Security—How to Be a Winner." Hear about the latest threat research on social media and how organizations can embrace social media and stay safe. It will feature Patrik Runald, senior manager of Security Research for the Websense Security Labs and Albert Gore, director of IT Operations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
- Thursday, March 1 at 8 a.m. in room 310: “Top Security Weathermen Forecast the Cloud,” a panel discussion featuring Websense CEO Gene Hodges and several other security executives. They will discuss the benefits and challenges of cloud security services.
- Click here for a podcast of Websense CSO Jason Clark discussing the most interesting conference sessions, how CSOs and CISOs can enable business, and his advice for first-time attendees.
It should be a great conference. We hope to see you there. Remember to drop by Websense booth #1332, where we will have details on our uniquely effective security solutions. And why no one else on earth stops more threats!
We want to keep you abreast of the latest security trends, innovations, insights and best practices by inviting you to attend one of this year’s RSA Conference events featuring Websense security experts. We’ve got some great panels and discussions lined up that we would love for you to be a part of. You can also stop by our booth, #1129, to learn more about some exciting new solutions we will be announcing.