With over 40,000 people in attendance at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, CTO at RSA Security, kicked off the conference with the need for business-driven security and the challenges and opportunities that come with it. He added, “coming to RSA gives me hope—to connect with and learn from amazing people who are tackling some of the most important challenges of our time.” This opening could not explain more as to why Saviynt had a bigger presence at RSA 2017 than we’ve ever had before. Cloud Security and Identity Governance is needed now more than ever. Saviynt kicked off RSA 2017 with receiving two awards from Cyber Defense Magazine – “Best of Breed in Cloud Security Solutions in 2017” and “Leader in Identity & Access Management Solutions for 2017” for our IGA Solution. Additionally, our CEO, Sachin Nayyar, won a Silver award for CEO of the Year at the 13th Annual 2017 Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards®. Over the course of three days, we saw a significant amount of traffic at our booth. The level of interest in Identity-Centric CASB was palpable. We gave away helicopters (yep, the ones that actually fly) to those attendees who cracked our Cloud Security Quiz. We also had a very successful “Partner Theater” that included presentations from Oxford Computer Group, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. Thank you all for your participation, and as always, it was an amazing collaboration. The Saviynt team finished off the conference Wednesday night by collaborating with EC-Council to host a Cocktail Reception at the Monarch San Francisco. It was a great gathering full of well-known executives throughout the industry, including speakers Steven Bay, CISO Nuvasive, Brian Phillips, VP IT of Macy’s, and Joe Voje, CISO of the City of San Francisco. Steven Bay kicked off the reception by sharing his personal experience with the Edward Snowden crisis and how instance like this pose a big challenge for all organizations, especially insider threat. As Steve explained, Edward was working as a system administrator before he took a new role as an intelligence analyst. As his administrative rights were not removed when this transitioned happened, he was able to escalate his privileges and gained access to sensitive data that he had no clearance to access. The key takeaway from Steven Bay’s experience, and the overall theme of RSA 2017, is that a good identity governance solution would’ve caught this and revoked access as he changed jobs. Hearing Steven’s experience, makes a strong case as to why deploying an intelligent Identity solution is imperative in this day in age. Saviynt delivers the next-generation comprehensive, modular, and integrated IGA platform that helps organizations protect their critical assets, improve risk management, protect against cyber and security threats, meet compliance mandates, and embrace new technologies with confidence. If you would like to read more about our solution, feel free to check out our recent Whitepaper on Identity Governance for Tomorrow’s Enterprise.