No one goes it alone. That was the overriding message at RSA Conference 2023, and the swapping of insights, ideas, experiences, successes, and failures couldn’t have come at a better time. In 2023 alone, the U.S. Marshals, AT&T, Activision, and T-Mobile have all fallen victim to data breaches — and those are just the ones making the biggest headlines. Even the no fly list isn’t immune to the characters lurking on the dark web.
Phishing attacks, social engineering, ransomware attacks, zero-day exploits — the list of vulnerabilities goes on and on. That’s why a foundation of collaboration at RSA 2023 was so critical. With over two dozen session tracks and 40 keynote speakers, our four days in San Francisco were jam-packed with diverse knowledge designed to build a safer future.
Here are our biggest takeaways from RSA 2023:
- AI presents a whole new world of considerations and possibilities
ChatGPT brought the AI conversation into the mainstream, and amidst all the hype, now is our chance to use it as a force for good. Yes, the bad actors are leveraging it too, which creates an even stronger imperative for defenders to learn how AI can boost threat prediction, prevention, and prioritization. Imagine the bigger and better steps forward we can take if we can delegate resource-intensive manual processes to AI tools.
- Cybersecurity needs to be part of company culture — one that’s talked about frequently
There’s a Grand Canyon-sized gap in many organizations, with CISOs on one side and executives and boards on the other. CISOs are working tirelessly to keep the organization’s data secure, but it’s hard to make it a priority when economic conditions are tough. Actively working to close this gap will change how everyone in the organization thinks about risk mitigation. Cybersecurity should be as integral to your company culture as the values and attitudes you live by every day. But unlike values and attitudes, which come naturally to the right team, cyber risks are always changing — meaning they require frequent conversations about how everyone can work together to defend against them.
- It’s not all doom and gloom
It can be hard to be optimistic when you’re surrounded by conversations about threats, vulnerabilities, and how to survive the worst-case scenario. But we truly are stronger together. As an industry, we are asking deeper questions and pushing new boundaries, and that’s a good thing. Here at Cyral, we’re creating new solutions for organizations to reduce risk and complexity. Spending time with our peers at RSA 2023 reinforced our belief that even the most complex problems can have simple solutions. And that’s certainly a reason for optimism.