Each February, the security world comes together in the techiest city in the world for a packed week of seminars, keynotes, checking out the latest and greatest security technologies, and of course, lots of parties. If you’ve never been to the RSA Conference and are planning on going – you’re in for a wild ride Read More >>
- Reserve a seat for the events you really want to attend
A new feature in 2017 is the ability to reserve your seat for many of the conferences’ events and sessions. Take the time to reserve your seat for anything you don’t want to miss – because it’s hard to know which sessions will fill up before you get there.
Make sure to get to the sessions you’ve registered for early, too. If you don’t get there at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session, your seat may be given away.
Learn how to reserve a seat here.
- Plan ahead – but don’t be afraid to bend your schedule
While it’s important to make sure you hit the talks and parties you really want to make, make sure to give yourself a little leeway to change it up a bit if you hear about something else interesting going on. Browse the tracks and pick out your top choices, but make sure to leave some open time for yourself to rest, grab something to eat, or roam the exhibition halls to fill your backpack with free stuff!
- Bring a backpack
Between datasheets, program flyers, and of course, all the free swag, you will not leave the conference empty handed, so bring something to carry it all in! And, while we’re on the subject, skip using the RSA bags at the conference. Conference attendees will get a bag of swag at registration, which is great; however, lots of people use the bags during the conference, and all it takes is one accidental bag switch to turn a great conference into someone’s personal hell. Better to use your own bag and save the RSA bag for when you get back home.
- Make a list of security technologies and companies you want to check out, and write down their stand number
The Moscone Center is a beast of a building, and you can easily get lost in the huge exhibition halls where security companies from around the world come to showcase their solutions. Despite (or perhaps because of) its’ size, RSA is a great chance to have some face time with companies you’ve been intrigued by. Take the opportunity beforehand to map out the companies you’d like to speak with and maybe even write down the questions you’ve had about their products.
RSA is also a great time to try and meet your InfoSec heroes! Everyone from Bruce Schneier to Troy Hunt to Eric Schmidt (OK, not an InfoSec hero, but a hero nonetheless!) Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in conversation with the InfoSec elite.
- Test your InfoSec skills at RSAC’s Sandbox
The RSA Conference offers hands-on, interactive activities in their Sandbox on Wednesday and Thursday (February 15th and 16th). It’s a great way to learn about new technologies as well as growing threats and test your own preparedness.
The Sandbox, an event within the wider RSAC event, opens with a craft beer tasting, which may be enough to get some of you interested! Get the info on the CyBEER Ops event here, and find out more about the Sandbox here.
Bonus: Test your InfoSec skills year-round with our Game of Hacks!
- If you’re in the mood, check out some parties!
Each day at the RSA Conference is super packed, and you may find yourself crashing in your hotel room far earlier than expected. But if you do end up desiring a bit of nightlife, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to check out this list of soirees to find what you’re looking for. The RSA Conference offers several party events of its’ own, and security companies join together to throw some epic parties in the InfoSec community!
- Lastly, but maybe most importantly – WEAR COMFY SHOES!
You may think your Italian shoes or six-inch heels will make a statement at the conference, but the only statement they’ll be making after a few hours of walking around Moscone is ‘MY POOR FEET’!! Do yourself a huge favor and wear shoes that won’t kill your feet. Especially if you’re looking to get away from Moscone for some San Francisco touring.