FB_IMG_1456768008801.jpgThe Stack’s security editor Richard Morrell reports from the mightiest gathering of security behemoths and upcoming players on the planet…

The conference halls of The Moscone Center in San Francisco have started to swell with the massed ranks of the security industry – and with existing and potential customers from every imaginable vertical.

From a cybersecurity standpoint, San Francisco has never been safer; RSA Conference 2016 is like having a thousand doctors in the house. Every hotel room in town is occupied with security professionals, and the epidemic of conference badges around the city mean that if you’re interested in understanding more about emerging enforcement technologies and what the market has to offer, you’re in the right place.

The conference floor small talk so far seems to dwell around the subject of the gap between threat identification and security hardening, particularly in the application and mobile space. Another major point of preoccupation is the subject of policy automation in governance, with attending companies such as Splunk looking to highlight innovative new technologies that can be deployed to assist in this area.

Perennial heavyweights such as Cisco still dominate at this event, now in its 25th year, but the evolution from bare metal to SDN is a novel focus for 2016, with many vendors looking to increase awareness of early market offerings in a sector that seems set for exponential growth.

A one-day conference from The Cloud Security Alliance proved to be the major draw of day one. With representatives from Microsoft, Google, Intel and Cisco, among others, this was an oversubscribed standing-room-only event, overshadowing VMWare’s own creditable but unfortunately-scheduled one-day conference.

The show floors in North and South will open to conference attendees tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see which vendors gather the most footfall. I will be reporting from The Moscone all week, as well as releasing podcasts from Tuesday through Thursday, talking to the great and the good from the show floor.

If you’re a vendor or attendee at RSA 2016 and would like to be featured in one of Richard’s podcasts, please make contact with him via [email protected].

Here’s the first of Richard’s podcasts, featuring Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest.