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Why the Cybersecurity Industry Is Obsessed With AI Right Now

Why the Cybersecurity Industry Is Obsessed With AI Right Now

From hundreds of panels and talks to often quirky expo floor displays, Artificial intelligence And his Potential impact on the cybersecurity industry is the topic of choice at this year's RSA conference in San Francisco.

Tens of thousands of data security professionals, business moguls, academics, government leaders, privacy advocates and others descended on the city's Moscone Center to learn about the latest in cybersecurity tech and trends. About 650 people are scheduled to speak during more than 400 panels, talks and other sessions before it ends Thursday afternoon.

Here's a look at what's happening right now:

Blanken says that tech and security need to play an important role in diplomacy.

May 6, 2024 at 3:55 pm PT

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Secretary of State Antony Blanken speaks at the RSA conference in San Francisco on Monday.

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Secretary of State Antony Blanken said that as the divide between the digital and physical worlds continues to fade, technology and its role in security are becoming an increasingly important part of global diplomacy.

“Security, stability and prosperity are no longer just analog matters,” Blanken said during his RSA conference keynote, adding that the choices security professionals make today will “resonate for generations.”

Anthony Blanken speaks at RSA 2024. Anthony Blanken speaks at RSA 2024.

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In a wide-ranging address, Blanken spoke about America's need to be a leader in everything from semiconductor production and training a high-tech workforce to setting the pace for development such as cutting-edge technologies. A.I And Quantum computing.

He noted that if a potentially dangerous technology like genomic surveillance is dominated by U.S. competitors, its misuse could become common, causing irreversible damage.

Blanken also said that advancing democracy and security around the world depends on the involvement of American tech companies, particularly in the security industry. He pointed to the help given by many American companies to Ukraine in hardening its networks and strengthening its communications before and after Russia's invasion of the country.

Legacy of the War Games

May 6, 2024 at 3pm PT

Matthew Broderick speaking at RSA 2024. Matthew Broderick speaking at RSA 2024.

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Monday afternoon's keynotes began with a surprise appearance by actor Matthew Broderick, who played a teenage hacker in the 1980s cult classic War Games.

Broderick said the film's plot, in which his character accidentally becomes a hacker. Military supercomputer While searching for new video games, it may seem absurd to today's security experts, but it prompted then-President Ronald Reagan to convene his Cabinet, Congress, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to determine whether Something like this could happen. be

What Reagan discovered was that the problem was much worse than that, Broderick said. And, ultimately, Reagan's interest in film is credited with helping enact the first presidential directive on computer security.

Matthew Broderick speaking on stage at the RSA Conference 2024. Matthew Broderick speaking on stage at the RSA Conference 2024.

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We'll update this story with more coverage from RSA throughout the week.

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