Top Trumps: RSA vs Infosecurity

February 26, 2010

(Inspired by my six-year-old. His favourite Top Trumps game is Regiments of the British Army. He’s worked out the top attributes to ensure he gets a wipeout pretty much every time).

For the uninitiated, the Top Trumps card game works like this: each character card contains a set of numerical data called “attributes.” Choose an attribute and see if your card wins. Fairly simple, right?

So here’s how Infosecurity and RSA stack up (excuse the pun!):

Vital Statistics: Infosecurity Europe RSA Conference
Founded Date Founded 1995; first event held April 1996 November 1991
Owned and run by Reed (Independent exhibition firm) RSA (part of the EMC empire)
Keynote clout Security heavyweights attending Infosecurity this year include Dave Cullinane, CISO, eBay; Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute; Stephen Bonner, Managing Director Information Risk Management, Barclays; Andrew Kellett, Senior Analyst, OVUM; Bill Nagel, Analyst, Forrester; Peter Gibbons, Head of Information Security, Network Rail; Nigel Stanley, Practice Leader, Bloor Research; Bob Tarzey, Director, Quocirca Ltd Keynote speakers include Janet Napolitano, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Scott Charney, Corporate VP of Trustworthy Computing; Enrique Salem, President & CEO of Symantec; Philippe Courtot, Chairman & CEO, Qualys; David DeWalt, President & CEO, McAfee; Dr. Peter Warren Singer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; John Donoghue, Ph.D., Brown Institute for Brain Science; and many more. “Special guests” include Craig Newmark, founder and customer services rep for craigslisted, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc
Visitors (Breakdown) Exluding exhibitors, there were 12,500 visitors last year. 19% were director level and above; 18% were IS/IT management; 13% were general management; 19% were technical specialists; 2% were industry analysts/press; 16% were consultants; 5% “other”; 8% unspecified RSA Conference did not respond to a request for the 2009 visitor breakdown; however, the 2008 “audience profile” is available here
Press attendees 300 press attendees in 2009, including BBC, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 4, CNBC, Computer Weekly, Computerworld Denmark, Computing, CRN, Evening Standard, eWeek, Financial Times, Information Age, Infosecurity Magazine, SC Magazine, PC Pro, SearchSecurity UK, The Guardian, The Register, Wired, Computerworld UK, TechWorld and ZDNet RSA Conference did not respond to a request for information; however, their website mentions Bob Sullivan, technology writer for MSNBC.com, will be attending as a “special guest”
Exhibitors Full directory here; exhibitors include Symantec, BeCrypt, Netgear, SmoothWall, Verizon, Vodafone, Safend, Gridsure 300+ exhibitors, including Microsoft, Qualys, IBM, McAfee, Sourcefire, Novell, Webroot, Hitachi
Sponsors So far,  sponsors include Vodafone, M86, Lumension, Juniper Networks, SecurEnvoy, Webroot Services, Tripwire Top sponsors include Microsoft, RSA, Symantec, PGP, Qualys, Giesecke & Devrient, HOB
Media sponsors Computer Weekly, Computing, Silicon, ZDNet, The Register, Infosecurity Magazine, SC Magazine and more eWeek, Information Week, SearchSecurity.com, Bank Info Security and more
Venue Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London Moscone Center, San Francisco

to venue

Directions available here Directions available here
Square footage Exhibitor area at Earls Court One covers 418,810 feet Moscone Center covers more than 2 million square feet overall; 700,000 square feet of exhibit space
Local attractions Attractions near Earls Court include the Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Buckingham Palace, Leighton House Art Gallery Museum Attractions near the Moscone Center include Zeum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metreon, California Academy of Sciences
Twitter @Infosecurity @RSAConference
Organiser contact info Full contact info available here Full contact info available here
Top cop series The Professionals Streets of San Francisco
Famous clinks (jails) Obviously the Tower of London wins hands-down on historical prestige Alcatraz, with its huge symbolism and infamous inmates (albeit infamous largely due to an inability or reluctance to pay taxes) definitely has more Hollywood pulling power
Thoughts from the Countdown team The Countdown team members are old-timers at this show in the UK (unsurprisingly), so it is admittedly something of a favourite. We were mightily impressed by the increase in size as Infosecurity Europe moved from Olympia to Earls Court (so by UK IT show standards, it is huge). No mean feat in a recession!

If you are serious about being in security in Europe, this is definitely the one to be at (although RSA Europe is starting to nibble at its coattails)

No one can doubt the importance of the US domestic market for any security company. Global players need to have a footprint (or at least a foot on the carpet) here.

We’re relative newbies to the RSA experience, so we’re looking forward to immersing ourselves in the San Francisco scene as it embraces the “Spring of Security Love”


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