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01 June 2022

Synack’s Guide to the Best of the 2022 RSA Conference


By Kim Crawley

The 2022 RSA Conference in San Francisco is full of fun and inspiring talks, panels, presentations and parties. It’s also just a great place to reconnect with colleagues that you may have seen only via Zoom over the past two years since the last in-person RSA Conference in 2020.

So, with so much going on inside and outside of Moscone Center — and throughout San Francisco during the massive show — here’s our guide to best of everything during one of the world’s leading cybersecurity conferences.

Monday, June 6 

Keynote speakers often generate the most buzz during RSA, but there are also many other presentations that are well worth your time. A full list of keynote speakers can be found here, and the entire programming schedule is here as a customizable web app

We Hack Purple founder and CEO Tanya Janca presents “Transforming Security Champions” at 9:40 a.m. She’ll discuss how to identify and engage people in your organization who can set a good example for your security culture and policies. Security champions are often technical, but not always! Mindset and attitude are just as important to the maintenance of good security as technical know-how. 

Zero Trust has been a popular industry buzzword for the past several years. But its effectiveness is entirely dependent on its implementation. “Inside the Making of a Zero Trust Architecture” is presented by National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Scientist Scott Rose and NIST Security Engineer Alper Kerman. They’re lead authors of NIST’s SP 800-207 standard, so their insight into Zero Trust Architecture is well worth your time. Check it out at 10:50 a.m.

At noon on Monday, the RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest takes place. The top 10 finalists will pitch their groundbreaking cybersecurity technologies somewhat in the style of “Shark Tank.” The judging panel features important people from Microsoft, Check Point Software Technologies, and a RSA Conference leader, among others. 

The official conference kickoff and keynote speech is “The Only Constant” by RSA CEO Rohit Ghai scheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m. He’ll discuss “emerging technologies, expanding connections, hidden vulnerabilities” and how the cybersecurity industry must evolve and adapt accordingly. 

Tuesday, June 7 

Wake up early to enjoy “Celebrating Women in Cyber Breakfast” at 7:30 a.m. The panel features brilliant women from various areas of cybersecurity addressing the talent gap and how to promote a diversity of cyber talent in your organization. 

“Privacy 2022: Perspectives from the Top” is a keynote at 8:30 a.m. The keynote features Mayer Brown Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Leader Dominique Shelton Leipzig, Google Chief Privacy Officer Keith Enright, Apple Chief Privacy Officer Jane Horvath, and LinkedIn VP and Chief Privacy Officer Kalinda Raina. They’ll discuss the complexity of data privacy now and in the future, emerging privacy risks and the practical side of managing privacy for enterprises.

At 11:35 a.m., “The Cryptographers’ Panel” features Aura Labs Chief Scientist and CEO Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing Director Shafi Goldwasser, and the legendary Whitfield Diffie. 

If intelligence agency matters engage your curiosity, “Cybersecurity as a National Security Imperative” may be the perfect keynote panel for you. It’s hosted by Dell Technologies Business Unit Security Officer Bobbie Stempfley, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly, John “Chris” Inglis of the Office of the National Cyber Director, and NSA Cybersecurity Director Robert Joyce. That’s at 1:15 p.m.

End the night at Synack’s Journey By The Bay party that starts at 6 p.m. Yes, there will be a Journey cover band! There will also be good food, drinks, and party gifts. The event is co-hosted by Synack, AttackIQ, Arkose Labs and Accenture Federal. Make sure to register early because space is limited! 

Wednesday, June 8 

Start the day right at 7:30 a.m. with Synack’s CTO Dr. Mark Kuhr at the “A Better Way to Pentest Breakfast.” In addition to coffee and breakfast, you’ll learn why traditional pentesting techniques are obsolete in today and tomorrow’s dynamic computing environments.

Every cybersecurity professional can benefit from a robust and well curated bookshelf. Cisco Advisory CISO Helen Patton hosts BoF: “Authoritative Reading: ‘Hall-of-Fame’ Cybersecurity Books from your Library” at 8:30 a.m. It’s an interactive session where everyone can discuss their favorite cybersecurity books! Recommend the books you like if you want, and perhaps you’ll want to buy some books other people recommend after the event.

Also at 8:30 a.m. there’s “Evaluating Indicators as Composite Objects” by Gigamon Senior Manager of Threat Intelligence & Detections Joe Slowik. He’ll discuss misconceptions about IOCs (indications of compromise) and how to more effectively measure and utilize IOCs in cyber threat intelligence.

SANS Core NetWars Tournament v7 takes place at 12:15 p.m. Rogue Valley Information Security Founder Jeff McJunkin hosts an exciting cyber game and the competition is expected to get intense!

Then at 4:30 p.m., head over to Happy Hour with Synack and Friends. This is your chance to relax after a long day of cramming your brain with knowledge. Have some cocktails and good conversation! Make new friends, and feel free to chat about cybersecurity, sports, movies, current events or whatever. It will also be the place to catch Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors vs. Celtics!

Thursday, June 9

“Your Control System is Hacked! Now What?” Interactive Tabletop Exercise is fun for defensive folks. GRIMM CEO Jennifer Tisdale and ICS Village Co-founder Tom VanNorman will host this tactical game at 9:40 a.m.

Pentesting in the cloud presents its own challenges. Pentesters, red teams and bug bounty hunters should check out “Building a Cloud-Based Pentesting Platform” by CyCognito Tech Evangelism and Enablement Manager Phillip Wylie, a nice guy who I know firsthand has lots of pentesting expertise. Check it out at 1:00 p.m.

Throughout the Conference 

Throughout the conference, there will also be lots more going at Synack’s headquarters during the conference inside Fogo de Chão, steps away from the Moscone Center. 

Register to drop by anytime during the conference and enjoy free charging stations, a place to relax and information about Synack and emerging tech companies. 

Innovation Hill features emerging companies as they show off their cybersecurity products and solutions. You can talk to representatives from AttackIQ, Bolster, Netography, Netskope and Synsaber.

Demo Drive is your chance to check out Synack’s technologies and how we can address your organization’s talent needs, improve your cloud security and how our solutions integrate with Microsoft Azure. 

Lounge Lane is your opportunity to chill out with complimentary snacks and drinks. There will also be 1:1 meetings that you can request ahead of time with Synack executives and experts.

See you there!