RSA Agenda

By Edward Cone  |  Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 18:04 PM

by Ericka Chickowski

I'm scurrying around Moscone Center at RSA, looking to meet with vendors and end users while still making time to squeeze in some track sessions and to get a pulse on the biggest security issues IT executives face today. I've always found these sessions to be hit-or-miss affairs, and like many convention-goers I try to be judicious about my selections.

Here's a look at some of the sessions I'll definitely make time for this year:

Is SaaS the Future of Enterprise Security? Time: Tuesday, 1:30 Location: Purple 309 Speakers: Michael Skaff CIO, San Francisco Symphony Mike Rothman, Chief Blogger, Security Incite Gerhard Eschelbeck CTO & SVP of Engineering, Webroot Eric Greenberg VP Security & Risk Solutions, Integralis Christian Christiansen VP, Security Products/Services IDC

While there is likely to be a lot of vendor spin coming out of this one, I hope to hear about how customers are responding to the maturing security service model and maybe, just maybe hear a little bit about the challenges that crop up from shifting SaaS.

Virtualization, Collaboration and Cloud computing: A New Focus on Security Time: Tuesday, 3:00 Location: Blue 103 Speakers: John Stewart VP, CSO, Cisco Systems, Inc. Bob Gleichauf, VP and Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Services and Security Cisco Systems, Inc.

The in pre-show briefings, the analysts stated that the big three of virtualization, cloud computing and collaborative technology are posing the biggest disruption to security practices today. I look forward to hearing what panelists have to say.

Lessons Learned: Conensus Security Metrics & Benchmarking Time: Tuesday, 4:10 Location: Purple 309 Speakers: Andrew Sudbury, Senior Analyst, Sudbury & Sudbury Partners Rodney Caudle, Chief Security Architect, Northrop Grumman Corporation Andrew Jaquith, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research Caroline Wong, Global Information Security Chief of Staff eBay Steven Piliero, Chief Security Officer, The Center for Internet Security

The measurement of security ROI and effectiveness is a perennial headache for security practitioners and CIOs. I'm not overly optimistic, but still hopeful to hear a new perspective on the topic.

Professionalizing the security of Software Development Time: Thursday, 8:00 Location: Purple 305 Speakers: Steven Lipner, Senior Director of Security Engineering Strategy Microsoft Corporation Hart Rossman, Vice President, CTO Cyber Programs & Chief Security Technologist SAIC Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute Hord Tipton Executive Director, (ISC)2

This is a pet topic of mine, as I believe the root of most security problems stem from poor development practices. I've interviewed several of the panelists in the past and I know they'll have some good material prepared.

Effectively Presenting to the Board of Directors Time: Thursday, 10:40 Location: Purple 305 Speakers: Renee Guttmann Vice President, Information Security and Privacy Officer Time Warner Inc. Denise Hucke Director, Risk & Policy Management, Merck Suzanne Hall, CISO, Red Cross Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer, Sun Microsystems Joyce Brocaglia, CEO, Alta Associates

I'd like to glean some tips and tricks to pass along to readers, who are often challenged to effectively communicate with the board and C-suite.