Yesterday was a typical first RSA day for me, in that I think I saw and talked with about 100 people I've worked with over the course of my career.

On the show floor, I personally did not see much evidence of a "a lot of the big boys" as has been reported - except for Oracle, who is also giving a keynote, so naturally has a presence. On the other hand, I have seen dozens of small companies that I've never heard of previously who all seem to have started up and gotten funding in the security field. Again, fairly typical, and no doubt several othere will disappear before next year via acquisition.

 Also, I can't say I've seen any dominant "themes" yet at the show, but I intend to explore this more today and get an idea of what other people think.

Here is a list of the Microsoft sessions today:

Time Speaker and Title Location

10:40 - 11:50 a.m.

CEO Panel: View from the Top
Ben Fathi, Corporate Vice President of Development Windows Core Operating System Division, Microsoft Corporation
Asheem Chandna, Partner, Grelock Partners
Art Coviello, Executive Vice President, EMC & President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Thomas E. Noonan, General Manager, IBM Internet Security Systems
Richard Palmer Jr., SVP, Security BU, Cisco Systems

Gold Room 301

10:40 - 11:50 a.m.

Extended Validation: A Renaissance for Digital Certificates?
Rob Franco, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Phillip Hallam-Baker, Principal Scientist, VeriSign, Inc.

Gold Room 307

3:50 - 4:40 p.m.

Is law our savior? Questioning the security legalization trend
Thomas Daemen, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation

Orange Room 238