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“Now matters” more than ever at RSA 2018

Robin Selden, 9 April 2018

Join Avast and the rest of the security world at RSA next week in San Francisco.

The security industry is convening at the RSA Conference 2018 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center next week to discuss current and future security issues for both companies and individuals. Attendees will discover the latest and greatest technologies that can help protect them and their companies against cybercriminals. This year’s theme is “Now Matters” as cybersecurity becomes front and center for both businesses and individuals alike, “now” definitely does “matter” as cybersecurity must constantly evolve and upgrade to stay ahead of today’s sophisticated cyberattacks.  

Avast Speakers

OndrejVlcek-CTO-AvastOndrej Vlcek CTO, EVP, and GM of Consumer at Avast will be speaking on the latest findings of the CCleaner APT Attack as part of the “Hackers & Threats” track on Tuesday, April 17, at 3:30pm in the Moscone South Hall, room 314. Ondrej will break down the sophisticated CCleaner supply-chain malware attack, providing new unpublished findings about the unique stealth, steganography, and exfiltration techniques used by the attackers.

Mark Whiffen, Avast Business Product Manager, will be speaking on Strength in Numbers: Using Data to Facilitate Security Conversations with your Customers on Thursday, April 19, at 11:30am in the Moscone South Hall South Briefing Center. Mark will discuss how businesses often don’t feel as concerned about security threats as they should be, which can be challenging for MSPs when they want to provide the proper protection. In this session, Mark will explore a new security assessment tool that facilitates these conversations by using quantifiable data to show SMBs exactly where they need protection.

Swing by our Booth

Come visit us at RSA where we will be showcasing our latest technologies at Booth 429 in the South Hall and projecting live feeds of our AI based threat detection network onto a 3D globe. Come on by and experience the Avast security and privacy products that keep hundreds of millions of people safe.  

In addition, we will be holding an IoT cryptocurrency mining challenge, where we show you how cybercriminals can abuse your smart TV or smartphone to mine cryptocoins. We will have a smart TV on display as it mines cryptocoins (using a compromised Fire TV stick). Onlookers will be able to see in real time how the Fire TV stick heats up as it mines.  

As part of the challenge, you are invited to participate with your own smartphone. You can experience for yourself how your device heats up while mining. Avast will provide power banks to keep everyone’s devices sufficiently charged, and participants will see firsthand the impact cryptomining has on smartphones.

Visitors to our booth can participate in the challenge by simply registering at the IoT demo station. All participants will be entered into two random drawings to win a Samsung Galaxy S9 Android phone, one on Tuesday at 5pm and one on Wednesday at 5pm.  

Tips for a great RSA experience

  • Plan before you come — consider watching the RSA virtual session to get the most out of your trip.
  • Avoid overburdening yourself by lugging around a lot of technology — just bring the minimum, such as a phone or a tablet. That’s all you’ll need.
  • Wear comfortable shoes so you can last the day and don’t forget your ID.
  • Follow Avast throughout the show on Twitter with #RSAC and #AvastRSAC.