Another year, another successful RSA conference. This marks my third time attending the cybersecurity conference and every year I look forward to listening to the best and the brightest in the industry.

Each year there also seems to be a handful of trends that dominate the conversation. Here are a few that stuck out to us at the 2017 show:

  1. Cybersecurity policies: Michael Daniel’s, former special assistant to President Obama, presentation at RSA highlighted the difficulties the US government is having in creating cybersecurity One factor creating challenges is the interconnectedness of our networks, which makes them incredibly vulnerable to attacks. Daniel noted that in order for the government to be successful in preventing future attacks, they need to adhere to a specific set of policies that can’t be changed at the drop of a hat. Given the switch in administration, this will surely be a conversation that will continue throughout the year.
  2. Shortage of experts: A panel of cybersecurity experts noted that government agencies must prioritize finding a workaround to reduce the shortage of information security experts. Karen Jackson, secretary of technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, told the audience there are now 36,000 cyber-related positions available in Virginia, up from 17,000 a year and a half ago. While there are jobs available, the skill sets don’t match up – leaving vacant positions, and in some cases, allowing underqualified candidates to fill highly important roles.
  3. Artificial intelligence: These two words were at the tip of everyone’s tongue this year. Google’s Eric Schmidt was the first to tell us he was proven completely wrong by artificial intelligence. A recent article shares that AI is gaining popularity in the industry. Specifically, AI can help save resources when it comes to combing through large amounts of data. Bolstering cybersecurity solutions with artificial intelligence lessens the likelihood of a catastrophic attack.
  4. Third-party risk: At RSA this year, Mark Hatfield, founder of Ten Eleven Ventures, noted that companies’ biggest security risks might indeed come from the third-party vendors they partner with. Big or small, companies collaborate with third-party vendors – it is an essential part of doing business – and often times open themselves up to unnecessary risk. Throughout the collaboration process there is a ton of sensitive information being shared, and too few organizations have the data-centric security solutions in place to assure data remains safe wherever it resides. It’s essential for companies to realize the importance of securing documents at the data-level. While companies should always do their best to assure their partners adhere to the same strict security guidelines they follow internally, this isn’t always the case, meaning an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

Roughly 50 products were announced at RSA this year. While they all believe they have the golden ticket to keep enterprises safe, there is always more that can be done. In a world where data breaches are a daily occurrence and hackers continue to get more sophisticated, it’s essential that companies have a full cyber security toolbox. And of course, every toolbox should include a data-centric solution!

As a company, RSA always gives us so much to think about. Between relevant trends and new security products being announced, there is so much to take in and absorb. At Seclore, we’re continuously working to offer the best Enterprise Digital Rights Management (EDRM) solution and speaking with industry experts and customers at RSA is one way we can do so.

Here’s to seeing you at RSA next year!