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News | May 16, 2021

NSA Heading to Virtual RSA 2021


The 2021 RSA Conference has gone virtual, and NSA will be there! Cybersecurity experts from NSA will be joining peers and leaders from across industry, academia, and more to exchange bold new ideas that enable the cybersecurity industry to continually evolve.

This year’s conference will be held 17–20 May and will explore the theme of “Resilience”. NSA’s speakers will be discussing a range of topics relevant to cybersecurity mission areas, including high-performance computing (HPC) systems, network architecture, and protective Domain Name System (DNS):

  • Dr. Anne Fitzpatrick, National Cryptologic Intelligence Officer for Cyber

Cybersecurity for Future Extreme Computing | 18 May, 1:30 – 2:10pm PDT

Overview: Unlike general purpose computers, HPCs are used mostly for distinct mathematical and scientific purposes and often employ exotic hardware and software, and can have hundreds of users. Users view compute time on HPC systems as valuable. These systems are limited in number, so users tend to dislike cybersecurity measures that create overhead. This session will discuss the need to assure resilience and confidence.

  • Jessica Fitzgerald-McKay & Mike Boyle, Co-Leads, Center for Cybersecurity Standards

Building Resilience Standards, Resiliently | 19 May, 12:45 – 1:25pm PDT

Overview: As network architectures grow in size and complexity, resilience must be baked into network functions and the standards that underpin them. This session will review case studies of developing standards and discuss not only how each supports technical resilience, but how procedures in standards bodies impact the ability to develop these standards resiliently.

  • Dr. Josiah Dykstra, Senior Technical Fellow

Invisible Security: Protecting Users with No Time to Spare | 20 May, 9:00 – 9:40am PDT

Overview: Average users can’t afford to devote time to security. Invisible security, which occurs automatically and transparently, may help. This session will explore examples consistent with this approach in existence today, including protective DNS and automatic updates, describing how invisible defenses may aid potential beneficiaries in health care, the defense industrial base, and the general public.

  • Diane Janosek, Training Director NSA/CSS, and Commandant, National Cryptologic School

Creating the Next Cyber Generation — Lessons Learned from the NSA and UWF | 20 May, 1030–1110 hours PDT

Overview: This session will highlight best practices in cybersecurity education for youth in the United States via innovative programs and collaborations. This session will highlight replicable and scalable programs, lessons learned, and partnerships from the NSA and the University of West Florida for creating the next generation of cyber warriors and a culture of cybersecurity.

RSA is the largest annual global cybersecurity conference and the central point where people from around the world gather to expand their knowledge of the cybersecurity field. NSA participates each year as a way to share knowledge, recruit future talent, and learn about new perspectives and approaches to technology and cybersecurity.