If you have not heard, the RSA 2009 security conference was held in San Francisco in the past week. This conference is a significant one in the industry, and even more so now since we have been facing many different and new threats cropping up here and there. This year, however, what I have been reading about the RSA is not that good. A lot of people are saying that it came a little flat.
John Oltsik of CNET blames the economy for this. He also points out three other reasons:
1.The speakers. The keynote speakers really had nothing new to say. This was especially troubling because the lineup looked so strong. Unfortunately, the most disappointing speaker of all was President Obama’s cybersecurity point person, Melissa Hathaway, who read from a script and said next to nothing about her cybersecurity research effort. Hathaway underwhelmed an audience of security professionals, missing an opportunity to bond with a constituency whose support is critical to her success.
2. The topics. In the past, there was always one topic at RSA that grabbed everyone’s attention. Not this year–same old tired stuff.
3. The vendors. I’m now convinced that most security vendors have no conception of what their customers need. Vendors pitch point technology solutions while users are crying for help to secure their IT-based business processes. There are really only a few security vendors that recognize this. I can’t overstate how much this disconnect alienates the security community.
It is pretty depressing, isn’t it? Do you have other perspectives that might give us more positive views?