RSA 2013: The Age Of Security Commercialism


Contributing analysts to this blog: Stephanie Balaouras, Ed Ferrara, Rick Holland, Eve Maler, Chris McClean, Heidi Shey, Chenxi Wang. Photo credit: SC magazine. 

Walking on the RSA 2013 show floor, it was a chaotic, noisy, and energetic place, pulsing with excitement. The industry has reasons to celebrate; the security space is white hot, with more VC money pouring into the space than ever before; Obama’s recent executive order placed cybersecurity front and center. RSA this year was bigger, louder, and more bullish than ever, with more than 360 vendors exhibiting, 24,000 attendees, and 394 talk sessions.  

The week heading to the conference was interesting to say the least; with Java 0-days wreaking havoc on the Internet and the Mandiant report taking every major newspaper headline, RSA could not have had a better set-up.  

After the dust (and the smoke) settled, we, the Forrester security team, came away with these impressions and takeaways:

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