What were you doing 15 years ago?

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What were you doing 15 years ago? I was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers straddling multiple engagements ranging from helping some companies prepare for SOX (Is it really that long ago?) to developing CISO strategies to working on a little product that was to lead to my current tenure at RSA Archer. 15 years in this industry is a long time. A very long time. In the security world, 15 years ago the L0pht and Cult of the Dead Cow had slowly faded into the distance but information security was taking wild, bold new steps. I still had ToneLoc installed on my laptop for war dialing but we certainly saw huge technology shifts coming our way. GRC was just in its infancy.  Wikipedia says the first scholarly research was in 2007 but some forward leaning companies were already thinking in broader terms of compliance and risk management.

According to legend, a small group of individuals gathered in a hotel conference room – an equal number of Archer Technology employees and customers – to talk about a product just starting its journey. The Archer Summit (as it was called then) was born.  Some of you might have been there or work for companies that were part of that important event. Fast forward a decade and a half, and from that humble beginning, this event is on the cusp of celebrating its 15th Anniversary this August.

Registration for the 15th Annual RSA Archer Summit is open and last week I announced the Call for Speakers. The 2018 RSA Archer Summit, hosted in Nashville this year, is dedicated solely to RSA Archer customers in honor of our big anniversary.  The Summit is a unique opportunity to network and celebrate our vibrant community of professionals in the risk, compliance, GRC, security (and all of the other hats we wear) industry.

This year’s event will continue in the tradition of our user conferences. As with years past, we will have several tracks dedicated to risk, compliance and RSA Archer technical practices along with plenty of social events to learn and share from your colleagues. We will be within walking distance of B.B. King’s Blues Club (a personal highlight for me), the Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic Second Avenue District of Nashville. As always, it will be a great experience to broaden your horizons, dig into what is working for other companies and share your own insights.

The Summit will provide invaluable face-to-face opportunities to discover best practices, hear about the latest product innovations, network with other customers, and meet one-on-one with RSA Archer experts and executives. RSA Archer Summit 2018 is your chance to let us know what product advances you’d like to see in future releases, connect with other leaders in your industry and gain firsthand knowledge that you can’t get at your desk.

In the coming months, we will continue to share more information as the Summit gels together. Keep tuned for updates and get ready to plan your week. Meanwhile, check out some videos from last year’s summit: Rohit Ghai’s keynote on “The RSA Advantage” David Walter’s keynote “The Future Vision of Risk Management”, my keynote on “What the Wild West Taught us about Risk Management” or check out the RSA Charge 2017 materials available on RSA Link.