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Speaker line-up for RSA Conference

RSA Conference : 22 April, 2009  (New Product)
This year's RSA Conference has opened with a wide array of speakers due to provide enlightenment on a variety of security topics
Information security professionals and business leaders from around the world convened today to open the 18th annual RSA Conference, being held at San Francisco's Moscone Centre. Taking place April 20-24, RSA Conference 2009 provides information security professionals the best educational opportunities and access to the most important issues through face-to-face and online interactions with peers, luminaries and emerging and established companies.

Continuing the tradition of informative and compelling speakers, this year's Conference includes a remarkable lineup of keynote and featured speakers, including:

* Melissa Hathaway, Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security Councils
* Lieutenant General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CSS)
* Don Tapscott, consultant and distinguished author of Wikinomics and other widely-read books on the impact of technology
* Jeffrey Toobin, Senior Analyst, CNN, and author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
* James Bramford, US intelligence agency expert, author and journalist, known for his best-selling book The Shadow Factor: The Ultra-Secret NSA, from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America
* Herbert Thompson, PhD, Chief Security Strategist, People Security
* Arthur Coviello, Executive Vice President of EMC and President of RSA, The Security Division of EMC
* Enrique Salem, CEO, Symantec.
* Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing, Engineering Excellence and Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Corp.
* John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
* Dave DeWalt, Chief Executive Officer and President, McAfee.
* Brian Smith, PhD, Chief Architect, TippingPoint
* Brian Truskowski, General Manager, Internet Security Systems (ISS), IBM Global Technology Services (GTS)
* Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO, Qualys.
* Dave Hansen, Corporate Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security Management Business Unit, CA.

This year's Conference will close on Friday at 2 pm with Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the Discovery Channel's popular "MythBusters" program. In this entertaining presentation created especially for RSA Conference, Hyneman and Savage explore cryptography and try their hand at codebusting, as well as sharing unique experiences from their show.

"For nearly 20 years, RSA Conference has been the best place for information security professionals from around the world 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. "As these professionals strive to stay ahead in an uncertain economy and a world of ever-changing security threats and trends, they turn to RSA Conference for a 360-degree view of the industry and access to the industry's most influential minds and innovators."

Some of the highlights at RSA Conference 2009 include:

Innovation Sandbox

Taking place on Monday, April 20, Innovation Sandbox is an exciting new program where attendees can explore the technologies that promise to transform the information security industry. Innovation Sandbox offers an opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders on solutions to tomorrow's security challenges, get a preview of new products and technologies and help shape the future of security by voting for the most promising products, ideas and technologies at the Conference. This new program also features "idea exchange whisper suites" showcasing new R&D breakthroughs from university laboratories. Innovation Sandbox will also offer interactive white board sessions facilitated by renowned information security experts Hugh Thompson, Chief Security Strategist at People Security, and Paul Kocher, President and Chief Scientist, Cryptography Research. Other sessions include "Team-Based Innovation' with Mickey McManus, President and CEO of MAYA Design and 'Ask a VC,' featuring Asheem Chandna of Greylock Partners, and Ray Rothrock and Dafina Toncheva of Venrock Associates.

Research Revealed

Designed specifically for an advanced technical audience, this track will focus on research into social engineering vulnerabilities and exploits - including spam, phishing and pharming - and how to combat them. Topics include: Technology Lessons Learned from Election 2008; Fraud Management Strategies of North American Financial Institutions; Why Software is Still Insecure; and Best Practices for Mitigating Insider Threats.

The Cryptographer's Panel

On Thursday, April 21, at 10:40 am, cryptography founders and pioneers will come together for an engaging discussion about the latest advances in cryptography, research areas to watch in 2009 and practical insights that continue to be drawn from lessons learned over the last three decades. Moderated by Ari Juels, Chief Scientist and Director, RSA Laboratories, the panel will feature Whitfield Diffie, Vice President and Fellow and Chief Security Officer, Sun Microsystems; Martin Hellman, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; Ronald Rivest, Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; and Adi Shamir, Professor, Computer Science Department, Weizmann Institute of Science.


This year RSA Conference is introducing Roundtables, a venue for like-minded information security professionals to come together. Whether to discuss a pressing topic, brainstorm a new idea, speak in another language or meet up with your LinkedIn connections, Roundtables are open to anyone who would like to join. Taking place near Crypto Commons, six Roundtables will open up on Tuesday at 1:30 pm. Each table seats 10 and anyone can schedule a Roundtable.

Encore sessions

Also new this year, RSA Conference is offering encore sessions for presentations that cannot accommodate all delegates who would like to attend. Encore sessions will take place in room Orange 123 on Tuesday at 6:40 pm and on Wednesday and Thursday at noon.

Conference Theme: Edgar Allan PoE

Every year the RSA Conference is built around a different historical theme that highlights a significant use of information security. In 2009, we celebrate the influence of Edgar Allan Poe. PoE was fascinated by cryptography, often concealing anagrams and hidden messages in his own poems. In 1839 PoE conducted his own cryptographic contest, challenging his readers to submit their cryptographs to him, asserting that he would solve them all. A year and a half later PoE ended the contest, claiming to have solved all of the 100 ciphers sent to him. Edgar Allan Poe's life, work and his powerful and enduring legacy to furthering the field of cryptography will be threaded through the week's events.

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