By Jeff Jones, Director, Trustworthy Computing

The annual RSA Conference USA in San Francisco brings together many of the brightest minds in IT security and features a wide range of important, thought-provoking discussions. An estimated 26,000 guests will attend this year’s conference, which runs next week, from Feb. 24-28.

Microsoft is a conference sponsor and we’ll present several speaker sessions during the week. One highlight is the keynote presentation on Feb. 25 by Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Trustworthy Computing. In his session, entitled: Conundrums in Cyberspace: Exploiting security in the name of, well, security, Scott will discuss the company’s commitment to protecting customers in the wake of recent disclosures of widespread government surveillance programs.     


 
My colleague Tim Rains will deliver another interesting session: A Deep Dive into the Security Threat Landscape of the Middle East.

The full list of Microsoft’s sessions is below, and if you are at the conference, I hope you will come see them. We’ll be posting regular updates from the conference on this blog and on our Twitter handle:  @MSFTSecurity, so check back often.

MICROSOFT SPEAKER SESSIONS

Scheduled Time

Title

Speaker(s)

Tuesday, Feb. 25

8:45-9:15

Conundrums in Cyberspace: Exploiting security in the name of, well, security

Scott Charney

Tuesday, February 25

1:20-2:20

Welcome & Non-Integral Asymmetric Functions

Patrick Longa

Wednesday, February 26

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

A Deep Dive into the Security Threat Landscape of the Middle East

Tim Rains

Wednesday, February 26

9:20 AM – 10:20 AM

New Foundations for Threat Modeling

Adam Shostack

Wednesday, February 26

10:40 AM – 11:40 AM

Pass-the-Hash:  How Attackers Spread and How to Stop Them

Nathan Ide, Mark Russinovich

Wednesday, February 26

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Raising the Security Bar with Windows 8.1

Chris Hallum

Thursday, February 27

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Public Cloud Security:  Surviving in a Hostile Multitenant Environment

Mark Russinovich

Thursday, February 27

9:20 AM – 9:40 AM

How Microsoft IT “Does” Data Protection

Laura Hunter

Thursday, February 27

9:20 AM – 10:20 AM

Mutiny on the Bounty:  The Epic Tale of How Data Defeated Dogma

Katie Moussouris


We’ll also have a booth on the expo floor where you can check out some great phones and tablets, talk with Microsoft staff, or enjoy a free beverage from our espresso cart. Booth staff will also be handing out passes for the Microsoft Appreciation Party on the night of Feb. 25. Hope to see you there!