Every year, one of the biggest events on the information security calendar is the annual RSA Conference, and 2014 is no exception.
On Feb. 11, analysts gathered for the annual pre-RSA conference call to discuss what’s likely to emerge as the big trends from the upcoming conference. Among the most contentious issues at the 2014 RSA Conference is the ongoing discussion about the U.S. government’s surveillance activities.
In particular, there has been some backlash against the RSA Conference, due to the allegation that RSA Security worked with the National Security Agency (NSA) to somehow subvert encryption standards. A report in Reuters in December 2013 exposed the RSA/NSA partnership, which has had an impact on the RSA Conference. In January, a number of confirmed speakers at the RSA Conference decided to boycott the event over the NSA issue.