Security Operations Talks to Attend at the 2018 RSA Conference


The annual RSA Conference kicks off next week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. As the RSA Conference is among the largest information security conferences in the world, it can be a daunting task to hone in on those handful of briefings that are relevant to your needs and, therefore, worth attending.

Information security is admittedly a large field with an enormous number of sub-disciplines. Of course, we specialize in security operations here at MKACyber, so we went ahead and compiled a list SOC-focused talks that seem like they might warrant attending.

Talks to attend in order of appearance*

Tuesday, April 17 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm (Moscone North 20, SPO1-T07): Building the Cybersecurity Innovation Pipeline

McAfee CISO Grant Bourzikas and chief human resource officer Chatelle Lynch will discuss how the industry is incorrectly focused on a skills gap when in fact the real issue is the innovation gap. In this talk, attendees will learn how to increase their talent efficiency and establish a cybersecurity innovation pipeline.

Tuesday, April 17 from 2:15pm to 3:30pm (Moscone West 2009, AIR-T08): Insights from NSA’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center

NSA technical director David Hogue will offer perspectives on a day in the life of NSA’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center, giving attendees actionable insights from the NSA’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center, which they can implement into their own daily security operations.

Tuesday, April 17 from 3:30pm to 4:15pm (Moscone North 22, SPO3-T10): Help Me Network Visibility and AI; You’re Our Only Hope

Stephen McGregory of Keysight technologies and Chris Morales of Vector.AI will discuss how security teams can combat alert fatigue, staff shortages, and more with a combination of network visibility and artificial intelligence.

Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00am to 7:45am (Golden Gate B – Table L, BOF-W01L): SOC Statistics and Metrics that Matter

Our very own CEO Mischel Kwon will enumerate a list of meaningful statistics that SOCs can use to generate metrics that matter to the executives that make funding and other strategic security decisions.

Wednesday, April 18 from 9:15am to 10:00am ( Moscone North 22, SPO3-W04): The Sky Is Falling! Responding Rationally to Headline Vulnerabilities

Gill Langston of Qualys will explore how security operations teams can prioritize and respond to headline-grabbing vulnerabilities while striking a balance between risk-reduction and IT disruption.

Wednesday, April 18 from 1:45pm to 2:30pm (Moscone West 2009, AIR-W12): Threat Intel and Content Curation Organizing the Path to Successful Detection

MKACyber CEO Mischel Kwon and CTO Justin Monti will explain how SOCs can curate their threat intelligence and generate defensive content to arm their network architecture.

Thursday, April 19 from 11:45am to 12:30pm (Marriott Nob Hill D, P2P4-R09): Outsourcing Cybersecurity Operations

Wade Alt of Booz Allen Hamilton will discuss when companies should outsource their security operations and what they should keep in-house.

*All times are in Pacific time.

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