RSA Conference 2020: The End of the SOC as We Know IT

Dan Lamorena
by Dan Lamorena
category Company

This year’s RSA Conference is almost upon us, with the theme of the “Human Element.” The idea in the conference’s own words, is that “cybersecurity is, fundamentally, about people protecting people.”

That’s a great point to focus on, particularly in light of the fact that we need more people to protect people and their data, but they’re proving hard to find. There will be an estimated 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021 per the Herjavec Group.

And, hiring and training people to fill those roles is increasingly tough and expensive, with Tier 1 security analyst salaries expected to grow almost 30% year over year and the average analyst staying in their role less than two years. This high turnover is certainly related to the amount of security data and alerts pouring into the SOC on a daily basis. Enterprise Strategy Group found that for 35% of security teams, the biggest challenge is keeping up with the volume of alerts.

With the very challenging aspects of the human element, it is clear that doing things the old way is not going to work in the new era. Security operations is ripe for change. We cannot continue to do the things that don’t work and think the outcome will be different.

This is the year we must leave transactional security to software and the tasks that require cognitive capabilities to humans. It’s not a technical problem but a mindset problem. We’ve got to stop thinking that the solution to every problem is simply hiring more people.  Instead, we need to start thinking about creating the best mix of humans and machines to achieve better security outcomes.

Want to talk to other like-minded people who are changing the way they think about security detection and investigation? Check out this panel that Respond is moderating: The End of the SOC as We Know It (and I Feel Fine).

The RSA Historical Cocktail Guide

One does not live on security alone. When in San Francisco, you should have a proper cocktail – and not at your crappy hotel bar close to the denizens of the World’s Largest Cybersecurity Circus. And by being willing to travel outside the RSA zone, you can experience San Francisco the way it was, as millennials and hipsters have made the historical cocktail joint a thing now.

Old-school Barbary Coast cocktails:

You want to experience the lawlessness that accompanied Gold Rush era San Francisco? Like when alcohol was passed off as medicine to cure your ills? Then take your snake oil-loving appetite to the Devil’s Acre in Chinatown and get an Apothecary-style cocktail featuring “house-revived extinct ingredients” (whatever hipster thing that is).

Elegant Turn-of-Century (1900s) San Francisco:

Cocktails are the focus at the Saratoga, which is located in a historic building built in 1908 after the Great Quake that tries to evoke San Francisco’s golden era. The food, like the ’Toga tots – a potato blended with chorizo, Fiscalini cheddar cheese and scallions – is carefully curated to go with your bespoke drink.

Maltese Falcon-era cocktails:

Is Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum in an overcoat more your style? Go to Noir and embrace the shadows and step into the 1940s while ordering your femme fatale a cocktail (or the meatballs, because they are very good).

Tiki Bar cocktails:

In the years after World War II, tiki bars became an escape for Americans yearning for the romantic and exotic vistas of the Pacific Rim. These joints are known for overly sugary cocktails and kitschy island décor, but you can also find some gems like the Tonga Room at the Fairmont or my favorite, Smuggler’s Cove, where you can basically try any rum cocktail ever invented.

If you don’t see us at any of those locations, come find the Respond Software team at Booth #4120 in between the North and South Halls. We’re a good hang. Have a great show!