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2008 RSA conference opens in San Francisco.

RSA Conference : 08 April, 2008  (Technical Article)
Line up of expert speakers and wide section of educational tracks enable visitors to this year's RSA Conference to stay abreast of all IT security developments.
Expecting to draw more than 17,000 information security professionals and business leaders from around the world, the 17th annual RSA Conference opens today at San Francisco's Moscone Centre. Taking place between April 7th and 11th, the RSA Conference 2008 offers attendees a robust program packed with unique opportunities to discuss and examine the latest trends, threats and technologies that are impacting today's IT security industry.

This year's conference delivers a remarkable lineup of featured speakers, including:.

* Al Gore, Nobel Laureate, former US Vice President and prominent environmental activist.
* Malcolm Gladwell, renowned journalist and author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.
* Michael Chertoff, US Secretary of Homeland Security.
* Arthur Coviello, executive vice president, EMC and president, RSA, The Security Division of EMC.
* John Thompson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Symantec.
* Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer, Microsoft.
* Jeff Hawkins, founder, Numenta.

"For 17 years, information security professionals from around the world have attended the RSA Conference to engage in thought-provoking discussions on issues that affect our industry and the world at large," said Sandra Toms LaPedis, area vice president and general manager of RSA Conference. "This year more than 400 of the industry's top companies will exhibit at the Conference, and 550 speakers in more than 240 educational sessions will discuss the latest information security trends and technologies. RSA Conference 2008 enables attendees to interact with and learn from the industry's most influential and innovative leaders."

Some of the unique learning and networking programs offered at RSA Conference 2008 include:.

Research Revealed Track - Designed specifically to provide advanced technical analysis of cutting-edge security vulnerabilities and threats for the information security community, this new track will consist of 14 separate advanced technical sessions. Topics include potential computerized voting fraud in the 2008 US presidential election; Storm Worm protocols; and encryption, good viruses and security challenges in a virtualised environment.

The Cryptographers Panel - On Tuesday, April 8, at 10:45 am, founders and pioneers of the cryptography field will gather to discuss the latest advances to watch for in 2008, as well as practical insights drawn from lessons learned over the last three decades. Moderated by Dr. Burt Kaliski, founding scientist, RSA Laboratories and director of the EMC Innovation Network, the panel will feature experts from MIT, Stanford University, Sun Microsystems and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Warrantless Wiretapping Panel - All's Fair in War? - On Wednesday, April 9, at 2 pm, New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau will moderate a panel of industry experts in a discussion focusing on warrantless domestic wiretapping by the U.S. federal government. Recent discussion of such practices have spawned numerous editorials about the legality of the program, the adequacy of administration briefings to members of Congress and the role of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The panel will also outline the technology necessary for surveillance and privacy enhancements, legal constraints and requirements of the current law.

Security Smackdown - Operating during conference hours, Security Smackdown gives attendees the opportunity to participate in live demonstrations and simulated Web site vulnerability testing. Prizes will be awarded to the contestants who prove their undeniable knowledge. On Thursday, April 10, at 1 pm, the Grand Finale will have some of the industry's top minds facing off, answering questions on the hottest, most controversial topics in information security.

Town Hall Meetings - On Tuesday, April 8, at 12 pm, a distinguished panel of leading experts from the public and private sectors will discuss the most pressing challenges to national cyber security and debate what risks to address first, the international magnitude of the challenges, how that impacts the country and what can be done to address the ever-evolving threats to information systems and critical infrastructure. "National Cyber Security Readiness - A Bridge Too Far?" is open to all conference attendees.

On Wednesday, April 9, at 12 pm, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Greg Garcia will lead a panel discussion on the initial findings and lessons learned from Cyber Storm II, a security initiative involving more than 40 private sector companies, 18 Cabinet agencies, nine states and five countries. "Cyber Storm II - The Most Comprehensive Cyber Exercise in US History" is open to all conference attendees.
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