The SecurityScorecard team has just returned from an exciting week in San Francisco at RSA Conference 2023. This year’s theme, “Stronger Together,” was meant to encourage collaboration and remind attendees that when it comes to cybersecurity, no one goes it alone. Building on each other’s diverse knowledge and skills is what creates breakthroughs. Being in the same room with some of the brightest minds and creative innovators to exchange ideas about the future of cybersecurity was well worth the trip (and the jet lag). With that in mind, I’ll share some of the more interesting and thought-provoking moments from the conference.
The emerging role of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity
It’s hard to get through the day anymore without the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) coming up, and RSA was no different. AI was a huge area of focus at the conference in terms of beneficial outcomes it produces in security threat research, and also the large implication of AI’s place in the world (is AI Drake better than the real Drake?). In addition to these conversations about AI, SecurityScorecard launched our integration with OpenAI’s GPT-4, becoming the first and only security ratings platform to integrate with the system. This natural language processing ability will help cybersecurity leaders find immediate answers and suggested mitigations for high-priority cyber risks.
Cybersecurity ratings take on global risk
The SecurityScorecard team also had many meaningful interactions last week with leaders and stakeholders in the public sector. Top of mind for many in this sector are the implications of the White House’s national cyber strategy as well as the anticipated SEC regulations that are poised to go into effect this year. Our team had conversations with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the office of the National Cyber Director, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and several sector risk management agencies (SRMAs). Additionally, we briefed 12 U.S. embassies from around the world on the importance of cybersecurity ratings as a global standard in measuring risk.
Another highlight from the week was an event hosted by Evolution Equity featuring former President George W. Bush. Our team, including CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy, Chief Business Officer Sachin Bansal, two of our board members, former deputy director of U.S. national intelligence Sue Gordon, and former U.S. Congressman John Katko attended the event. The discussion was led by Robert Rodriguez, the founder of SINET.
AI’s Impact on security and closing thoughts
It was an exciting week filled with many wonderful conversations, dinners, and handshakes, but perhaps the most rewarding part of RSA was the opportunity to meet with SecurityScorecard’s partners and customers.. Getting to hear their feedback and experiences in person in a setting like RSA was invaluable. We heard from CISOs that what’s keeping them up at night is the impact of AI, communicating with their boards, operational resilience, and vendor risk management.
We look forward to next year’s RSA Conference and plan to spend the next year furthering our mission to make the world a safer place by establishing cybersecurity ratings as a standard unit of measurement to identify cyber risk. Whether it’s working with our partners in the public sector to assess the health of their cybersecurity environments, assisting companies as they audit their third-party vendors, or responding to cyber incidents, we are always seeking to change the way the world measures trust.
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