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RSA Europe 2013: All the action from Amsterdam

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by Will Dalton
, 29 Oct 2013Features
RSA Europe 2013: All the action from Amsterdam

*** With RSA Europe 2013 now over, our live coverage has drawn to a close. Scroll down for all the action as it happened***

From 29-31 October, the most important figures in cyber-security will be joined by thousands of business execs, public sector gurus and tech journalists in Amsterdam for RSA Europe 2013, and ITProPortal will be amid the throng reporting on the best of the action.

Expect keynote highlights, seminar insight and a stream of images to land in this live page throughout the next three days, as well as links to news breaking from the event. Whether or not you can make it to the show, keep tabs on matters right here and join the conversation in the comments section and by using #RSAC on Twitter.

We’ve been busy previewing RSA Europe, where key trends are expected to include how big data analytics can be applied for stronger security, whether the enterprise can secure the mobile explosion and BYOD, and the privacy implications of the ongoing NSA data surveillance saga.

Conference program chair Hugh Thompson recently assessed these issues and much more with ITProPortal ahead of his keynote in Amsterdam, when he will be joined by the likes of Lord Sebastian Coe in talking all things security.

With the digital infrastructure of the London 2012 Olympic Games drawing fire from hackers and cyber-criminals across the world, it will be intriguing to hear how the threats were overcome on such a large scale by Coe and his team.

Stay right here for that, and much more, as the week develops.

  • 31 October
  • 16:34

    Our time is nearly up here in Amsterdam, but scroll down for everything you may have missed from this week's security showdown and stay with ITProPortal over the coming days for more news and analysis from the event.

  • 16:31

    With mobile security also on the agenda today, we had a stark warning from Webroot's Grayson Milbourne that Android malware is growing and ransomware is expected to feature in the next generation of threats.

    Ransomware has rattled many a PC user over the years, locking them out of their device and demanding money and sensitive credentials for access to be regained. It now seems the attack vector is about to spread it's wings on smartphones and tablets, so Android users beware.

  • 14:21

    The Lord has spoken. Lord Sebastian Coe, that is, in our press Q&A just now. 

    Things got off to a tense start with one journalist accusing Coe of overseeing the "severe militarisation of London" over the Olympic period - a statement Coe refused to "recognise" - but the same hack diffused the atmosphere with his final probe of the former athlete: "Who would win in a fight between a baboon and a badger?"

    Coe said he'd have to get back to him on that one.

  • 11:46

    We'll be bringing you more from Milbourne and mobile security very soon, but below is a taster of what the Webroot man revealed. The future's looking pretty volatile for the mobile threat landscape, so keep a close eye on your phones and tablets.

  • 11:33

    Just enjoyed a fascinating presentation from Webroot's security intelligence director Grayson Milbourne, who tackled the development of Android malware through the ages, and how the mobile security landscape will develop from here.

  • 09:55

    Morning! The final day of RSA Europe 2013 is off and underway... 

    Expect word on Android malware and mobile security, the perennial privacy v security debate, and a Q&A with Seb Coe among other sessions and talking points here in Amsterdam. We're jetting back to London this afternoon but stick around for updates and analysis before then, and more post-RSA reaction tomorrow.

  • 30 October
  • 19:48

    That wraps up matters for us today. Two days down, one to go here in Amsterdam.

    Stay with us through tomorrow, because among a bevy of keynotes and seminars, we'll also be at an exclusive Q&A session with Lord Sebastian Coe. How did his LOCOG team secure the digital infrastructure at last summer's London Olympics? Was the opening ceremony nearly plunged into darkness from a cyber-attack? Let's hope Coe's got some stories to tell tomorrow.

    Until then.

  • 19:40

    With RSA Europe 2013 rife with talk of big data-driven intelligence, Symantec's Sian John told us that skillful use of analytics will prove the key to foiling cyber-criminals, now, and in the future. Check out our interview.

  • 17:41

    The exhibition floor below, shortly before RSA day two wound down and the security heads slunk off into the Amsterdam night.

  • 17:30

    The UK government's cyber-security strategy fell under the spotlight today, and after some fairly frank comments on the so-called Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) from a member of its own steering board, we have this just in.

    "Everyone [in the industry] thought this is brilliant, we should do this, and then they turned around and asked who would be willing to share this data, and I've never seen so many hands go down so quickly," said the CISP insider. Follow the link above for the full report.

  • 12:48

    Amsterdam looking impressive from our press room viewpoint. We're steering well clear of any fresh air or city sight-seeing though. Our afternoon's agenda includes a catch-up with security behemoth Symantec, so expect to hear more on that later.

  • 12:40

    Busy old day here. We've just been locked into a Q&A session with the CEO of BT security, Mark Hughes, who was an extremely busy man last summer, heading up the team tasked with securing the digital infrastructure of the Olympic Games in London.

    Taking in all malicious traffic, Hughes said the Olympic network came under fire from over 212 million 'cyber- attacks' over the course of the original Games and the Paralympics - 77 of which required specific intervention. Hughes took pleasure in claiming not one of these was successful.

  • 10:26

    Keynote hall packed this morning. We've been dipping in and out of there hearing from the likes of Microsoft already today.

  • 08:56

    Good morning from Amsterdam. The sun is out and shining through the windows as ITProPortal takes part in an early morning roundtable discussion at the RAI hotel.. RSA conference programme head Hugh Thompson is chairing, joined by Greg Day, CTO of FireEye. John Colley of IC², Toby Stevens, an independent consultant who specialises in privacy (NSA anyone?), and a gaggle of European journalists. 

    Some interesting revelations on how the UK's Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) has been working in practice and some impassioned debate about the implications of the Edward Snowden surveillance leaks. Stay with ITPP for more on this later.

  • 29 October
  • 17:59

    And that rounds off our coverage on day one of RSA Europe 2013. Make sure you're back here for much more tomorrow.

  • 17:54

    That was anything but the only contentious issue to arise at RSA today. In fact, it was feisty from the outset as opening keynote speaker Art Coviello argued that privacy concerns brought by the NSA saga should not inhibit the use of powerful surveillance tools, which the RSA chairman said were crucial to foiling cyber-attackers.

  • 17:50

    Western media and governments rarely hesitate in identifying China as the primary source of the world's cyber-ills. But is the People's Republic really the worst offender when it comes to harbouring hackers and launching online attacks?

    It was a debate that raged among a panel of experts at RSA this afternoon, with Kaspersky researcher Costin Raiu arguing that China was still the biggest source of cyber-attacks. But his theory was challenged, with more than one panellist questioning the industry's ability to identify the origin of attacks at all. 

    Follow the link above for the full debate.

  • 15:51

    We've now popped back to the RAI, standing tall in the Amsterdam skyline as you can see below, and there's more content coming your way this afternoon so stay tuned.

  • 15:46

    We've just left conference HQ to visit the Rapid7 offices which happen to be just a few hundred yards away.

    There we met Michael Belton, team leader of assessment services at Rapid7, who talked us through cybercrime over the years and demonstrated the tools currently making up the arsenal of your typical hacker. Worryingly for the security industry, he said, the skill levels required to use these tools is becoming lower every year, "So the problem is only going to get worse."

  • 13:35

    Outside the seminar theatres, the vendor booths begin to buzz.

    Here's the scene from one of the exhibition floors as companies jostle for attention and flaunt their wares. We'll be stalking the aisles throughout the week to see what's leading the curve in security tech right now.

  • 13:21

    Above all, the panel agreed, is that advanced persistent threat is usually a generous term. It is the unsophisticated but ruggedly effective attacks that continue to cause the most damage in the current security landscape, with high-level zero days only occasionally used, the experts argued.

    As Costin Raiu plainly put it, "An attack doesn't have to be advanced to be successful."

  • 13:17

    'Cut through the hype to expose the truth about advance persistent threats (APTs)' is what a panel discussion here at RSA just endeavoured to do, and the luminaries on stage had a decent crack at it. Insight was offered from research gurus Jaime Blasco of Alienvault, Costin Raiu of Kaspersky Lab, and Neil Thacker of Websense, while Europol's cybercrime leader Jaap von Oss gave us the law enforcement angle. 

  • 11:38

    You can now catch up with our full report of Coviello's morning keynote, where the abiding message was that privacy concerns generated by the NSA saga must not hold back the deployment of surveillance tools in network security.

    "With adversaries cutting apart our existing security defences left and right, the only way we can hope to protect the information that is most valuable to us is through understanding that anomalous behaviour of people, devices, and the flow of data," Coviello said.

  • 10:21

    Coviello, below.

  • 10:17

    Coviello went on to repeat his RSA Europe 2012 warnings that privacy advocates must be kept in check for the progression of security, even if he did admit that following the NSA saga this year, "Orwellian" levels of surveillance must be stopped curtailed too.

  • 10:17

  • 10:12

    An interesting opening keynote from Art Coviello whose message contained a similar sentiment to his address in London last year. He's still pushing the 'intelligence-based security' theme hard and believes big data analytics can take this model to new heights - with organisations able to second-guess adversaries better than ever before.

  • 08:47

    The scene from the Amsterdam RAI as attendees begin to drip through. As is tradition, RSA Executive Chairman Art Coviello will kick matters off with his opening keynote in around 20 minutes, so we'd better get on our way over...

  • 08:35

    Good morning from a drizzly Amsterdam. After a pretty jarring 3.30am alarm this morning ITProPortal has now landed in The Netherlands and set up camp at the Amsterdam RAI hotel for RSA Europe 2013. We're an hour ahead over here, and the opening keynote sessions are imminent.

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