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SEND, Security Legends, WannaCry, NotPetya, and Cybercrime – RSA 2018



Biscom attends RSA

We’re back at RSA this year, along with 50,000 others security-minded folks. Like Biscom, this conference has been around for over 30 years. I’m sure when it first started, they would never imagine that it would become this huge.

Biscom SEND at this conference – a cloud-based multi-tenant platform that performs as a document delivery suite of tools – including file transfer, synchronization, collaboration, integration with Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive, and even access to your enterprise file shares.

Ron Rivest and Adi Shamir (unfortunately not Leonard Adleman, the “A” in RSA – would be great to get the band back together) returned again for a keynote panel. It’s so inspiring to see these security legends still fully involved in today’s security technologies and current events. Brutally honest, they have no problem arguing in front of thousands of attendees hanging on their every word.

Lots of talk of GDPR and how to approach this upcoming EU change. Will be interesting to see what happens – I think a lot of companies are scrambling to be compliant. RSA president Rohit Ghai spoke about the fact that there’s no silver bullet – rather it’s about working on improving the little things – and over time getting to a better security posture.

WannaCry and NotPetya were also major topics that Microsoft president Brad Smith likened to attacks on civilian populations and the need for a modern day Geneva Convention. WannaCry impacted the health and well being of patients who had to postpone critical surgeries and other procedures because the entire hospital’s systems were down.

And finally, the cost of cybercrime will become incredibly expensive. NotPetya resulted in a $850M cost to businesses in the Ukraine. And Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Neilsen predicts cybercrime will cost $6 trillion by 2021 – 10% of world GDP.

We’re in an interesting time and lots has changed in security for both the good guys and the bad guys. With all the uncertainty in the world today, one thing is for sure – cybersecurity experts will never be wanting for work.

#RSAC  #RSAC2018

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