RSA 2020 Key Themes: Election Security, Cloud Authorization and Artificial Intelligence 

This week, I attended RSA in San Francisco, where nearly 40,000 security professionals and 700 vendors gathered to discuss the changing threat landscape and show off their latest products. As the show opened, the San Francisco Mayor declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus epidemic and gooey Purell handshakes quickly became a thing (10/10 do not recommend!).

Despite coronavirus fears, RSA was still very lively, and traffic was steady. Below are some of the top themes that stood out to me:


Election Security

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said ransomware and other attacks on voter registration databases are a key election security concern. He also expressed concerns about the spread of fake news on social media.

RSA Data Security founder and current MIT professor Ronald Rivest expressed reservations about the use of voting technology and blockchain in elections. He said that “voting is a place where you don’t need high tech to make it work” and stressed the importance of a voter-verified paper trail with regular audits of those paper records.


Cloud Security and Passwordless Authentication

Steve Grobman, senior vice president and chief technology officer at McAfee, explained how easy it is to take advantage of cloud misconfigurations. He illustrated how sharing data through the cloud can lead to security vulnerabilities and explained why security teams need to secure cloud configurations.

There also must have been 50 vendors focused on cloud authorization. At our booth, we demoed passwordless authentication for the multi-cloud enterprise. Attendees learned how MobileIron provides full deployment to devices in the modern workplace without ever needing a password.


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Lots of companies focused on practical applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning this year. We’re really beginning to see the promise of AI and ML manifest in real security products, mainly endpoint threat intelligence, but with real promise to extend deeper into the network.

For example, MobileIron Threat Defense employs a robust ML algorithm to fight today’s sophisticated advanced persistent threats. For more information, please click here to have a MobileIron representative reach out to you, or click here to begin a free 30-day trial.

Jenny Pfleiderer

Senior Lead Corporate Communications Manager