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RSA Conference 2015: Enhancing Cloud Trust

  • Tim Rains

RSA Conference USA 2015 is just a few weeks away (April 20-24) in San Francisco. Given the numerous noteworthy cybersecurity events that have occurred over the last 12 months, I expect this conference to be well attended, yet again!

Once more, Microsoft is a Diamond sponsor, and Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, will deliver a keynote at the conference. His keynote, entitled “Enhancing Cloud Trust,” will be delivered Tuesday, April 21st at 8:50 AM PT.

On Tuesday, April 21st at 1:10 PM PT, I will be delivering a speaker session, “Exploitation Trends: from potential risk to actual risk” as part of the Breaking Research track. Microsoft researchers have studied some of the exploits discovered over the past several years and the specific vulnerabilities in Microsoft software that were targeted. The goal of this of study is to understand which vulnerabilities are exploited, who exploits them, the timing of exploitation attempts relative to when security updates are available, and how these vulnerabilities were introduced into code. These findings are key in helping security professionals more accurately assess the risk vulnerabilities pose.

I’m excited to be joined by two exploit researchers Matt Miller, Principal Security Software Engineer from the Microsoft Security Response Center and David Weston, Principal Program Manager from the Microsoft One Protection Team. Together, we will be discussing the long-term trend data and our brand new research.

And finally, we will examine how exploits are monetized through exploit kits that are sold as commercial software or as a service as well as development practices that can help minimize such vulnerabilities.

There are several Microsoft speakers at the conference this year; below is a full list of their sessions.


Title Date Time (PT)
License to Kill: Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools – Mark Russinovich Tuesday, 4/21 1:10 PM
Exploitation Trends: from potential risk to actual risk – Tim Rains, Matt Miller, David Weston Tuesday, 4/21 1:10 PM
Security and Privacy in the Cloud:  How Far Have We Come? – Bret Arsenault (Panel Discussion) Tuesday, 4/21 4:40 PM
Assume Breach: An Inside Look at Cloud Service Provider Security – Mark Russinovich Wednesday, 4/22 8:00 AM
Doing Security Response with your Cloud Service Provider – Jerry Cochran (Peer-to-Peer Session) Wednesday, 4/22 8:00 AM
License to Kill: Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools – Mark Russinovich Wednesday, 4/22 9:10 AM
Enterprise Cloud: Advancing SaaS Security and Trust – Chang Kawaguchi Wednesday, 4/22 10:20 AM
The Legal Pitfalls of Failing to Develop Secure Cloud Services – Cristin Goodwin Thursday, 4/23 10:20 AM
Pass-the-Hash II: The Wrath of Hardware – Nathan Ide Thursday, 4/23 10:20 AM

 Microsoft is also hosting a booth on the expo floor where we will host a number of theater sessions. To find session descriptions and times, as well as details on the Microsoft party (Wednesday, April 22nd, 8:00 PM PT), please visit

One other session that I think you should check out is being delivered by a longtime colleague, Nicole Miller, Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity & Issues Management, Waggener Edstrom. Nicole has been working with companies on cybersecurity for many years, and it’s a rare treat to hear her speak in public. Her session is called “From the Battlefield: Managing Customer Perceptions in a Security Crisis” and is scheduled on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM PT.

I hope to see you at the conference!