Finding Cyber Oregon connections at the RSA Conference

RSA Conference pulls more than 50,000 cyber security professionals from around the world to San Francisco. The event, which ran from April 16-20, featured a strong contingent from Oregon, including our own Charlie Kawasaki, vice chair of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council (OCAC) and CTO at PacStar, who spent some time checking out the latest cybersecurity technologies on the show floor, attending keynotes and technical sessions.

For those who couldn’t attend this year’s event, we wanted to give you a feel for the conference through a camera lens. Below are a few of the Cyber Oregon sponsors and others relevant to cybersecurity in Oregon that Charlie visited during his stay in the City by the Bay.

Charlie started out by visiting the booth of high-flying Portland cybersecurity firm iovation. For those who haven’t been keeping track, iovation was founded with a simple guiding mission: to make the Internet a safer place for people to conduct business. Since 2004, the company has been delivering against that goal, helping large brands protect their end users against online fraud and abuse that’s increasingly more common in today’s hacker culture.

No trip to RSA is complete without a check in with McAfee, which had a huge presence at the event. Here Charlie and Mark Cooper, president and founder of Cyber Oregon sponsor PKI Solutions, take in a demo of McAfee’s OpenDXL. McAfee, represented on the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council by Tom Quillin, CTO Security Economics, is a platinum sponsor of Oregon’s NW Cyber Camp.

Fortinet, another Cyber Oregon sponsor, provides top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric. Here, Charlie and Mark learn about Fortinet’s incident response solutions.

The folks in the Cylance booth below were ready for action at the RSA Conference. A sponsor of NW Cyber Camp, Cylance is working to revolutionize cybersecurity with products and services that proactively prevent, rather than reactively detect the execution of advanced persistent threats and malware. The company’s technology is deployed on over 10 million endpoints and protects hundreds of enterprise clients worldwide including Fortune 100 organizations and government institutions.

Below Charlie takes a closer look at IBM’s QRadar, the industry’s #1 security analytics solution. Big Blue is also a sponsor of NW Cyber Camp and had its usual strong presence at RSA.

There was also plenty of booth activity at CA Technologies, another Cyber Oregon sponsor, throughout the event. Here Charlie gets the latest low-down on CA’s Veracode, a 5x leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing.  CA Veracode’s unified platform is said to assess and improve the security of applications from inception through production.

Charlie and Mark also paid a visit to another company with strong Oregon ties: Tripwire, which has its headquarters on SW Main in downtown Portland. Tripwire is a leading provider of integrity assurance solutions that drive security, compliance and operational excellence. Tripwire says its products help organizations, including half of the Fortune 500, achieve visibility across their networks, reduce their attack surfaces, and stay on top of suspicious changes.

Yes, cybersecurity is serious business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good laugh now and then. We’re big fans of Splunk here at Cyber Oregon – not only is Splunk a platinum sponsor, but the firm also offers free training programs for Cyber Oregon members. Splunk helps businesses stay safe online with a range of analytics-driven security solutions.