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    Will RSAC bounce back this year? Was 2022 just a rebound year that will lead to a revived and engaging show in 2023? We're about to find out as we begin this year's RSA Conference season. 

    It's RSA Conference Season

    Much like Groundhog Day in April, you know it's RSAC season when the spam emails start flooding in. Although I wouldn't waste a time machine on traveling to the future to gather and sell email addresses for event attendees, it seems like the peddlers of verified 2023 RSAC attendee lists did just that:

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    So at least we know there will be 35,386 attendees this year... a decent increase from 2022. 

    Breaking Down the 2023 RSA Conference

    Like we did in 2022 and many other years before that, we'll break down this guide into five separate buckets:

    1. Training
    2. Seminars, Keynotes, and Sessions
    3. Networking Opportunities and Parties
    4. Programs and Special Events
    5. The Expo Hall

    RSAC 2023 Trainings

    Training Date/Time Cost Link
    CSA Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) Plus Training April 23 & 24 - 9-5 $2500 Reserve Now
    Cyber Defenders: Guardians of Critical Infrastructure, Presented by InfraGard National Members Alliance April 23 & 24 - 9-5 $2000 Reserve Now
    FAIR Analysis Fundamentals Training April 23 & 24 - 9-5 $2000 Reserve Now
    (ISC)² CCSP® CBK 2-Day Instructor-Led Training April 23 & 24 - 9-5 $1600 Reserve Now
    (ISC)² CISSP® CBK 2-Day Instructor-Led Training April 23 & 24 - 9-5 $1600 Reserve Now

    RSAC 2023 Seminars, Keynotes, and Sessions

    First, a look at the keynote speakers, starting with non-security:

    • Eric Idle - Co-Creator of Monty Python, Musician, and Writer
    • Dr. Michio Kaku - Theoretical Physicist, Bestselling Author, Renowned Futurist, and Popularizer of Science
    • Poet Ali - Performer

    And some of the security industry keynote speakers:

    • Lesley Carhart - Principal Industrial Incident Responder, Dragos, Inc.
    • Dr. Boaz Gelbord - Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Akamai
    • Vasu Jakkal - Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Security Business
    • George Kurtz - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CrowdStrike
    • Heather Mahalik - DFIR Curriculum Lead and Senior Director of Digital Intelligence, SANS Institute and Cellebrite
    • Bruce Schneier - Security Technologist, Researcher, and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Wendi Whitmore - Senior Vice President, Palo Alto Networks

    The full list of keynote speakers is available here

    Sessions - Day by Day

    The full agenda is available here, but some interesting sessions throughout the week include:

    Monday, April 24, 2023
    Time Session
    8:30 - 10:30 AM Becoming the Threat: Blue Team Friendly Attack Simulations -
    Aaron Rosenmund, Pluralsight (Facilitator)
    8:30 - 9:20 AM Do Better: Board-Level Accountability in Cybersecurity 
    Chris Hallenbeck, Tanium (Moderator)
    Greg Silberman, Zoom Video Communications (Panelist)
    Brian Stafford, Diligent Corporation (Panelist)
    Maggie Wilderotter, Grand Reserve Inn/DocuSign (Panelist)
    8:30 - 9:20 Modern Bank Heists
    Tom Kellermann, Contrast Security (Moderator)
    Ron Green, Mastercard (Panelist)
    Matt O'Neill, U.S. Secret Service (Panelist)
    10:50 - 11:40 AM Defender Perspectives: Navigating Cyber Threat Intelligence Differentiators
    Lisa Ackerman, GSK (Moderator)
    Levi Gundert, Recorded Future (Panelist)
    Tom Hofmann, Flashpoint (Panelist)
    Junay Hom, Nisos (Panelist)
    12:00 - 3:00 PM RSAC Innovation Sandbox
    1:10 - 2:00 PM Kindred Chaos - Security vs Privacy Incident Response
    Sri Maddipati, Google (Speaker)
    Ashley Tolbert, Netflix (Speaker)
    2:20 - 3:10 PM Whoa, You’ve Been the CISO for 3 Years at Your Firm—Now What?
    Yael Nagler, Yass Partners (Speaker)
    Lenny Zeltser, Axonius (Speaker)
    5:00 - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception - Expo Halls
    Tuesday, April 24, 2023
    Time Session
    8:30 - 9:20 AM Hack the Institution – A Map To a Strong Partner-Based Security Program
    Molly Mae Potter, Dell Technologies (Speaker)
    Bobbie Stempfley, Dell (Speaker)
    8:30 - 10:30 AM Human Security Engineering: Stopping User Initiated Loss
    Dr. Tracy Celaya Brown, Iron Mountain Data Centers (Facilitator)
    Ira Winkler, CYE Security (Facilitator)
    8:30 - 9:20 Surfing as a Team Sport: Riding the Regulatory Wave as a Top Competitor
    Fran Faircloth, Ropes and Gray, LLP (Moderator)
    Christopher Hale, Cisco Systems (Panelist)
    Matti Neustadt, Forstai Cyber Kinetics LLC (Panelist)
    James Sfekas, Microsoft (Panelist)
    9:40 - 10:30 AM Cybersecurity Thinking to Reinvent Democracy
    Bruce Schneier, Harvard Kennedy School (Speaker)
    9:40 - 10:30 AM The Psychology of DevSecOps
    Jennifer Czaplewski, Target (Speaker)
    Kathryn Pimblett, A.P. Moller Maersk (Speaker)
    9:40 - 10:30 AM Who Says Cybersecurity Can’t Be Creative?
    Sam Sabin, Axios (Moderator)
    Chris Cochran, Hacker Valley Media (Panelist)
    Mari Reisberg, Sustaining Creativity (Panelist)
    Caitlin Sarian, TikTok (Panelist)
    Daniel Trauner, Axonius (Panelist)
    1:15 - 2:05 PM It’s Not All Fun and Games: Cyber Threats to Professional Sports
    Joseph Szczerba, FBI (Moderator)
    Steve Grossman, NBA (Panelist)
    Tomás Maldonado, NFL (Panelist)
    Dave Munroe, National Hockey League (NHL) (Panelist)
    4:40 - 6:15 PM  RSAC CyBEER Ops
    4:30 - 6:40 PM Women's Networking Reception
    Wednesday, April 25, 2023
    Time Session
    8:30 - 9:20 AM Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: The Paradoxical Effect & Impact on Security
    Colonel J. Carlos Vega, Executive Security Advisors (Moderator)
    Dr. Hise Gibson, Harvard Business School (Panelist)
    Nicole Gilmore, MITRE Corporation (Panelist)
    Larry Whiteside, Jr., RegScale (Panelist)
    8:30 - 9:20 AM Integrating Privacy Protections into National Security Systems
    Rebecca Richards, National Security Agency, DoD (Moderator)
    Karen Dunkley, Central Intelligence Agency (Panelist)
    Hillary Fielden, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Panelist)
    Andraleigh Rodini, Department of Energy (Panelist)
    9:40 - 10:30 AM Real World Stories of Incident Response and Threat Intelligence
    Lily Hay Newman, WIRED Magazine (Moderator)
    Lesley Carhart, Dragos, Inc. (Panelist)
    Katie Nickels, SANS Institute and Red Canary (Panelist)
    Wendi Whitmore, Palo Alto Networks (Panelist)
    11:10 - 11:30 AM The State of Cybersecurity – Year in Review
    Kevin Mandia, Google Cloud (Speaker)
    1:15 - 2:05 PM CISO Legal Risks and Liabilities
    Gadi Evron, Team8 (Moderator)
    Stewart Baker, Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Panelist)
    Kirsten Davies, Unilever (Panelist)
    Alyssa Miller, Epiq Global (Panelist)
    3:20 - 3:50 PM Axonius: What Does Progress Mean in Security?
    Lenny Zeltser, Axonius
    Nate Burke, Axonius
    Amanda Fennell,  CISO & CIO, Prove
    4:30 - 6:00 PM  Expo Pub Crawl
    Thursday, April 26, 2023
    Time Session
    10:50 - 11:40 AM Cybersecurity Strategic Activity, Recent Trends & Predictions
    Dino Boukouris, Momentum Cyber (Speaker)
    2:10 - 3:00 PM Diving into the Tenacious Threats of Cloud Data Lakes
    Sushila Nair, Capgemini (Moderator)
    Oliver Forbes, NTT DATA (Panelist)
    Dr. Diane Murphy, Marymount University (Panelist)
    John Yeoh, Cloud Security Alliance (Panelist)

    There are over 400 sessions, in categories like Analytics, Intelligence, and Response, Cloud Security, C-Suite View, DevSecOps and AppSec, Risk Management, and many more.  

    RSAC 2023 Networking and Parties

    You can find the official RSAC 2023 Networking Opportunities here, including the welcome reception, pub crawl,  CyBEER Ops, and Women's Networking Reception. 

    For years, we tracked the RSAC parties on the Axonius site, but now groups like RSAC Parties are much more up-to-date with a site and twitter account dedicated entirely to tracking them. A few highlights:

    Monday, April 24, 2023
    • Guidepoint Security RSAC Happy Hour 
      Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
      Venue: Temple Nightclub San Francisco
    Tuesday, April 25, 2023
    •  Black Kite Signature Whiskey Tasking Event
      Time: TBD
      Venue: Four Seasons Hotel - Presidential Suite
    • SEC Social Club
      Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
      Venue: The Fly Trap, 606 Folsom Street
    • Pluralsight RSAC Cocktail Hour
      Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
      Venue: 25 Lusk
    Wednesday, April 26, 2023
    • Elevate Keynote & Breakfast 
      Time: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
      Venue: Hyatt Regency
    • RSAC EWF Meet and Greet In-Person sponsored by PwC: Empowering the Next Generation of Women in Cyber 
      Time: 11:30 AM
      Venue: Moscone South
    • RSAC Happy Hour with Harness
      Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
      Venue: Southside Spirit House

    RSAC 2023 Programs and Special Events

    1. RSAC Innovation Sandbox - This is where cybersecurity's boldest new innovators compete to put the spotlight on their potentially game-changing ideas. Ten finalists have three-minutes to make their pitch to a panel of judges.
    2. Launch Pad - RSAC Launch Pad returns as three early-stage startups pitch their bold ideas Shark Tank®-style to industry veterans for strategy advice and community awareness.
    3. Sandbox - RSAC Sandbox hosts eight villages for hands-on experiences, CyBrew Café, cutting edge research talks, and a lounge to recharge. 
    4. Early Stage Expo - This exhibit space showcases up-and-coming companies and provides you with the opportunity to meet the cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow.


    RSAC 2023 Expo Hall

    This year there are 619 vendors exhibiting in Moscone North, Moscone South, and the Early Stage Expo. You can research vendors on the RSAC marketplace to plan your expo hall visit. Unfortunately, the marketplace doesn't list what swag each vendor is giving away...

    And of course, you should definitely come visit Axonius in Moscone South at booth 734. 



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