- Ms Smith
The RSA Security conference 2014 has come and gone, and based on my experiences in San Francisco, it certainly appears we are in an "industrial revolution" as information security activity, innovation, and investment continue to grow. Early indications are that this was the biggest RSA Conference of all time.
Here are a few of my final thoughts on the show and the current state of cybersecurity:
1.The IT security skills shortage is finally influencing the industry. I gave a presentation on the IT security skills shortage and there were roughly 400 people in the audience. While I'd love
to believe that it was because of my oratory skills, it's more likely due to the fact that everyone in the industry - users,
vendors, researchers, academics, government agencies, etc. - has been impacted by this issue. After years of playing the role
of Chicken Little, however, I finally see the industry responding to the skills shortage issue. Vendors are focused on ease-of-use
for product deployment. Some have hired GUI experts. Companies like Cybereason, McAfee, and NetCitadel are pitching security
operations automation. The industry finally realizes that we need to make security professionals more efficient and help them
work smarter; not harder.
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