In Pictures: RSA Conference 2014

CSO traveled to San Francisco, CA last week in order to attend the RSA Conference, touted as the largest security event in North America. Here's a visual recap of the event from the show floor.

Expo area
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Expo area

Unlike most years, RSA's 2014 conference didn't have a clear "theme" when it came to products and services. Threat Intelligence was a commonly repeated offering, but most of the vendors offering it focused on reactive approaches to incident response and management, and not pro-active, as the intelligence aspect of the name suggests.

The expo area was also split into two parts (north and south), something that many booth operators compared to the adult table vs. the kids table, or the haves vs. the have-nots, as the division seems to center on the level of sponsorship the vendor placed into the conference.

RSA Expo area
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Seeking solutions

While split, the expo traffic seemed to flow to the south hall, where a majority of the attendees were regaled with various visual displays and shop talk. At one point, it was shoulder to shoulder in the aisles in the south hall, while the wider area in the north made it appear almost empty.

Many of the attendees that CSO spoke with were doing a bit of research. While Threat Intelligence was mentioned, the majority were looking for solutions to existing problems (identity management), or on orders to prepare for future issues (application security / code scanning).

RSA vendor exhibit
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Creative exhibits

Some of the vendors went to great lengths to showoff, including this display that placed a working demo under water.

Whac-a-DDoS Attack exhibit
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Whac-a-DDoS Attack

Other vendors offered games, including this Whac-a-DDoS Attack game. Spoiler: It was nearly impossible to beat.

Physical security products
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Physical security products

Aside from boxes and appliances, there were vendors offering a range of physical security solutions too. Including those aimed directly at protecting financial transactions – a hot topic given the recent events with Target.

Card reader
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Card reader

Here's another example of physical security offerings on display at the show. This is a card reader from HID Global. The company also does biometrics.

 

Elephant in the room exhibit
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The elephant in the room

A good prop is useful to drawing a crowd. In this shot, eSentire has drawn people in so they can discuss the elephant in the room. (CSO visited them earlier this year; a slideshow that looks inside their SOC operations is available here.)

Enigma machine
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Enigma machine

Finally, it wouldn't be an RSA Conference if someone didn't offer an Enigma machine to play with. This one was on display at the Cryptography Research.