It’s that time of year again

February 9, 2012 by David Mahdi     No Comments

One of the biggest shows in the InfoSec arena — RSA Conference 2012, Feb. 27-March 2) is coming fast. Entrust is working hard to get everything ready — from our booth to our product showcases. And while we can’t wait to show off our new stuff, that’s only one aspect of the show.

2011 was a big year in information security, with high-profile breaches such as:

  • RSA
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Epsilon
  • Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN)
  • And many, many more

This year’s conference should be laced with references to many of these high-profile breaches. Or at least I would expect so. For years, many of us in InfoSec have preached about best practices, and the fact that IT security is everyone’s business. After a year like 2011, the world now knows the devastating effects of IT security breaches. The question is, will it get worse before it gets better?

Nevertheless, the 2012 RSA Conference boasts an interesting line up of keynotes and speakers: Sal Kahn, Robert S. Mueller, III, Tony Blair and many other IT security thought-leaders.

From my perspective, I hope many conversations cover topics, like those listed below, I hear in the field from CIOs/CISOs.

  • Data protection
  • Cloud security
  • Mobile security, specifically BYOD and consumerization
  • Identity security, specifically strong authentication, authorization and transaction/fraud detection)

It’s always good to hear other perspectives from InfoSec professionals. And I look forward to gathering new data points and opinions from our tight-knit community. That’s all for now, I am off to get ready for RSA Conference 2012.

And don’t forget to drop by the Entrust booth (#2325). Hope to see you there.


Entrust senior product manager David Mahdi specializes in Entrust’s mobile and cloud security solutions. He is an experienced IT security professional with more than 10 years in IT security, software engineering and product management. David played a key role in shaping Entrust’s mobile strategy, which included mobile authentication, strong mobile identity, mobile device management and mobile devices in the national ID/ePassport space. David spends most of his time conducting research on the mobile and cloud market, as well as conducting seminars on IT security. Prior to Entrust, David was a product strategist at Sophos, where he led efforts to increase Sophos' presence in the gateway security space. He is a well-versed information security professional for PKI, SSL, mobile, cloud, NFC, PACS/LACS, gateway security (Web/Email), malware, encryption and network security.

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