Looking In: Top Five Take ...
16 May 24

Looking In: Top Five Takeaways from RSAC 2024

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RSAC 2024, one of the largest cybersecurity conferences of 2024, is officially in the books! We’ve unpacked our swag bags and have begun to unpack some of the incredible and innovative ideas we heard this year. As we reflect on RSAC 2024, one standout is how on point the theme was. “The Art of Possible” was reflected in every corner of the conference, specifically regarding incredible developments in artificial intelligence (AI) as it relates to cybersecurity potentially turning the industry on its head. 

Here are our top five takeaways from an energizing RSAC 2024.

1 - AI in Cybersecurity

AI’s increasingly critical role in cybersecurity was the central theme of multiple keynotes during the conference, and more than 100 sessions were dedicated to AI alone. While vendors seized the opportunity to launch new products aimed at harnessing the power of AI or – in many cases – reeling it in, cybersecurity leaders and practitioners walking the floor had the unique opportunity to see the holistic power of AI as it infiltrates every facet of information security. From generative AI and shadow AI to machine learning and large language models, the possibilities are endless. The onus rests with companies and industry leaders to ensure that the limitless possibilities that AI presents are executed in a responsible and practical manner. 

2 - Growing Importance of Cyber Resilience 

Cyber resilience was the focus of numerous panels and sessions, primarily because it sits square at the center of enterprise security. Throughout panel discussions and during brunches and after-dinner cocktails, conversations centered around robust recovery systems and organizational preparedness, along with the underlying need for comprehensive training programs that prepare employees to handle disruptions and ensure continuity of operations during and post-attack. One of the prime benefits of attending an information security conference like this is the chance to network one-to-one with peers and other network professionals experiencing the same challenges and pressures.

3 - Regulatory Compliance and Privacy Concerns

Always a hot topic, regulatory compliance was once again front and center at RSAC 2024, specifically the impacts of GDPR and CCPA. For cybersecurity leaders and practitioners, there was a heavy emphasis on continuous training on the latest regulatory changes being crucial to ensuring that compliance is enhancing security measures and building consumer confidence, rather than merely fulfilling legal requirements. 

4 - Collaborating Across Industries

We could write a book on this and maybe someday we will. But for now, we’ll stick to a blog and point out that cross-industry collaboration continues to be a massively important theme in cybersecurity. Numerous sessions and speakers capitalized on the theme to double down on the critical nature of information sharing across sectors, pointing out that the integration of shared training initiatives can enhance understanding and implementation of best practices, ultimately facilitating a more unified approach to threat intelligence and incident response. 

5 - Budgetary Constraints

No surprise here – there was a lot of talk about how to maximize security budgets in the face of tightening wallets and a growing threat landscape. It is arguably more critical than ever to ensure security teams are constantly being upskilled and trained on the most up-to-date technology, while at the same time budgets are drying up. Specifically, we heard a number of CISOs asking how to better explain the necessity of cybersecurity training to the boardroom. As an industry, we have work to do in making it easier for practitioners and cybersecurity leaders to demonstrate the need for robust cyber training and budget prioritization. For now, the conversation continues.

RSAC 2024 was nothing short of a valuable experience filled with forward-thinking discussions and insights. At INE, we are committed to incorporating the newest insights and technologies into our training and certification programs to ensure cybersecurity leaders and professionals are fully equipped to meet and exceed tomorrow’s challenges. We’ll see you next year! 

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