RSA Conference Closing Notes from Nth Degree Newcomer Matt Kuzak

As RSA Conference 2012 came to a close last Friday afternoon, attendees were sent off with some final thoughts by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. His inspiring sentiments asked each of us to do our part in making the world a better and safer place for everyone – a key takeaway that took shape throughout the 5-day security-focused event. The closing keynote also included a hilarious and fun segment called, The Hugh Thompson Show, where bestselling author Hugh Thomson, Ph.D., interviewed political consultant, Frank Lutz, with hilarious results! You can see a video of this keynote presentation here. The packed room was fully engaged and seemed to be enjoying it very much.

After the keynotes, the crowd disbanded onto the sunny streets of San Francisco, ready to apply the practical solutions they learned during RSA into their daily lives. Looking back, it was quite an exciting and informational week-long event and I can’t wait for RSA Conference 2013!  Now I am headed to Las Vegas for Exhibitor 2012 and as I write this post from my smart phone, I am reminded again how important internet security is as we disseminate sensitive information from a variety of technologies and places. RSA Conference is and will continue to be an important platform to share and collaborate on ideas that will keep us all safe in the technology age!  More to come…

Internet Security is My Business Too

 

The other day I was at work when I ran into an old friend. We caught up on life, family, travels and he started discussing his new car. The car isn’t relevant, but the process he underwent to acquire it is. Someone had stolen his identity a few years ago and the repercussions are still felt every time he applies for a loan or even a library card. It took him countless months to set the record straight and fix the original quagmire, but by this time he’s used to dealing with it and going the extra mile to prove his identity and credit are legitimate. It’s been almost four years since his identity was hacked and the result of that incident made him switch career fields and dive head first into internet security. He didn’t want the feeling he had to happen to others and told me, “Most people don’t realize the extent the internet permeates all parts of their life. Now after what happened to me, I feel like I get to help people every day.”   

After a little more small talk we parted ways, but our conversation made me feel proud to be standing where I was that day at RSA Conference 2012. While mine may only be a small contribution, whether it is writing up an event plan, designing a space or standing behind the Information Desk to furnish directions and dole out recommendations, as I was that day, we each play an integral part. And I too now felt like I was helping contribute to keeping the internet more secure as I helped facilitate the conference.

With that I want to say thank you to my friend, all of the attendees, my colleagues and our client, RSA, The Security Division of EMC, for making RSA Conference 2012 such a success and for your continuing efforts at keeping our internet and world safer.

Notes from Behind the Scenes at RSA Conference 2012

With the last day of RSA Conference 2012 here, I have finally had a chance to reflect on all of the amazing things I have seen and heard throughout the week. As a new employee to Nth Degree, this was my first time experiencing the event and seeing directly all the work Nth Degree and the RSA Conference team put into making it a dynamic experience for the attendees. The first thing that made an impression on me was the sheer energy and enthusiasm of conference attendees. With so much to see and do at the conference, from informational sessions and seminars, to panels, keynotes and debates…not to mention the high-energy expo floor, it seemed the activities were endless. What a week! As a first-timer to the conference, I thought one of the most impressive, and highly attended activities, was the Innovation Sandbox, a half-day program where game-changing new technologies were explored. This seemed like such a great opportunity for collaboration and conversation. The other component of the conference that really struck me was the expo floor…it was amazing! The booths looked incredible and had some great design elements – feedback from the attendees was positive as well. I’m really looking forward to the final day’s activities, especially the closing keynote delivered by former Prime Minister of Britain and Northern Ireland, Tony Blair! To learn more about Nth Degree’s work with RSA Conference, click here.