Oregon Cybersecurity Leaders Roll Into RSA Conference 2019, Part 2

The cybersecurity industry in Oregon continues to thrive and expand, with local companies delivering new innovations and technologies that will help keep us all safer online. This was a clear take away from the RSA Conference 2019 that wrapped up its annual run last week, drawing more than 50,000 attendees to Moscone Center in San Francisco.

As we mentioned in Part 1 of our report on RSAC, we sent three Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council (OCAC) members to the show to tour the expo floor and check in on exhibitors with Oregon connections. Our on-site experts included:

  • Charlie Kawasaki OCAC vice chair and CTO at PacStar 
  • Ron Talwalkar, OCAC member and vice president product at Beaverton-based Eclypsium
  • Tom Quillin, OCAC member and senior director global security policy at Intel Corporation

During their booth walk, the team checked in with companies with Oregon connections, including those based in Oregon and who are supporting cyber education and awareness in the state through their sponsorship of Cyber Oregon or NW Cyber Camp

Continuing the tour, Anitian was on hand showcasing how its tools work to make security and compliance tasks easy – a critical need given the huge cybersecurity skills shortage across the state and the nation. The Portland-based firm taps into the power of the cloud to deliver security and compliance solutions for organizations of all sizes.

Charlie is excited to hear about how Anitian makes security and compliance easy.

As the photo below indicates, show attendees were very interested in learning more about Aruba’s enterprise network security products that offer 360 degrees of active cyber protection and secure access. Aruba is involved with NW Cyber Camp.

The Aruba booth attracted plenty of visitors.

Another Cyber Oregon sponsor on hand at the event was AWS, the leading cloud services provider.

Ron stops by the booth of Cyber Oregon sponsor AWS.

For small businesses and others across the state using Comcast Business, it’s aways good to see that your internet services provider takes network security seriously. Comcast, which offers a range of managed services in Oregon, is a sponsor of Cyber Oregon.

Tom and Ron learn about managed services from Comcast.

Another company involved with NW Cyber Camp at the event was Blackberry Cylance. The company had a strong booth presence and gave a range of presentations at RSAC on topics such as “Combating the Scourge of Fileless Attacks” and “Navigating Today’s Data Privacy Regulation Labyrinth.”

Ron takes in the BlackBerry Cylance booth.

Over at the Palo Alto Networks’ booth, the team dove into demonstrations featuring the Cyber Oregon sponsor’s next generation firewall, threat prevention services, endpoint protection, cloud security and 5G/IoT security solutions. The company’s CEO Nikesh Arora also appeared on the RSA keynote stage to discuss disruption, embracing change and inclusion and diversity. 

No trip to RSAC is complete without checking in with Palo Alto Networks.

Splunk, a Cyber Oregon sponsor, was out in force in San Francisco, showcasing solutions that combine security analytics, machine learning and automation to turn data into real-time insights and actions. Good stuff.


Ron visits with Cyber Oregon sponsor Splunk.

Among the trends at this year’s RSAC was the emergence of native cloud-based security offerings. One example was Portland’s own Twistlock, which offers a comprehensive cloud native security platform for protecting workloads across any environment including hosts and containers.

Portland-based Twistlock was on hand to demonstrate its native cloud-based security solutions.

Another company with a strong cloud-security story to tell at RSAC was Zscaler. The Cyber Oregon sponsor offers security as a service delivered through a purpose-built, globally distributed platform.  

Ron gets ready to head into the Zscaler booth.

We hope this tour, although far from comprehensive, gives you insight into the strong presence at RSAC provided by sponsors of Cyber Oregon as well as NW Cyber Camp.