The RSA security conference in San Francisco was busy, busy, busy on Wednesday. Rumblings of cyber-war, the wikileaks aftermath, and the Stuxnet worm that was the first to target programmable logic controllers and SCADA systems, make for a security minded industry. Cloud-based security is a big issue, as is mobile device security, and privacy is hot. At the many booths that had a ‘class room’ setup, all the chairs were full and there were people standing three-deep behind those chairs in the hallway.
The movement of consumer type devices into the enterprise and the virtualization of data centers were two significant trends noted by Tom Gillis, VP & General Manager, Security Technology Business Unit, of Cisco Systems in one of the five very well atteded afternoon keynotes. Cisco is introducing ‘context aware’ scanning as part of its security offerings.
On the show floor, the most obvious items were 10-Gbit hardware and software – everywhere. And, 40 G-bit being touted as coming any minute now to save the backbone from complete and utter clogging with all the new traffic from smart phones and business applications. – Jim Harrison