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AppSec-related Must-do Activities and Sessions at RSA 2020


This year’s theme at RSA Conference 2020 is the Human Element. Fundamentally, what those of us do in the realm of cybersecurity goes beyond protecting our networks, applications, and systems; it’s about people protecting people.

Applications touch millions of people a day; they store and transmit huge amounts of data, so their reliability and availability are business critical. Data breaches and diminished system availability and performance can have a dramatic impact on the people using those systems as well as the information stored in those systems. The business repercussions, not to mention the impact on human lives, can be vast and pervasive.

When it comes to application security, developers can expend huge energy and time addressing vulnerabilities using old-school application testing technologies and processes. Instead of focusing on writing code to enable digital transformation, they find themselves bogged down in the mire of laborious vulnerability remediation. Security teams, at the same time, are frustrated because they lack transparent visibility across all applications and application programming interfaces (APIs) and fight through an onslaught of false positives.

AppSec And the Human Element

Recognizing the impact on humans, Contrast Security offers a different approach by embedding security testing within the application. Developers can do what they do well—namely, code—and do not need to become security experts. Security teams know applications are protected from testing, to development, to production.

Get in on the AppSec Conversation at the Contrast Booth

RSA offers humans involved in all cybersecurity aspects an opportunity to network, learn, and even be challenged. This coming week in San Francisco is invaluable for those of us who care about protecting our networks, applications, and endpoints from malicious cyberattacks.

Contrast is proud to be an RSA sponsor and has a great agenda scheduled for the event. Make sure to stop by our booth where we have experts who will be discussing topics such as:

  • How developers are embedding security into their applications to speed software development life cycles—including one enterprise that shaved 25% off of their development time to market.
  • Why security teams and developers should be concerned about the risks of using open source code—and how to mitigate those risks.
  • Strategies to deal with alert fatigue by getting smarter using RASP.
  • Security instrumentation is the future of software—the only means security and development teams can use to scale and meet business priorities and requirements.


This year, Contrast is going all out with a host of giveaways, cocktails, and raffles. Some of those attending will not want to miss include:

A custom “foam printed latte” for a special caffeinated pick-me-up to help them power through the day! 

As a token of appreciation to booth visitors, we have mixologists on hand who will serve up our signature libation, “The Instrumentation,” on both Monday and Tuesday nights. 

Attendees also need to stop by our booth and enter our raffle. Every day, we will raffle off a Smacircle electric bike. It was one of the honorees of the CES Innovation Awards—a prize best seen in person.

RSA Sessions on AppSec to Check Out 

While we would like to think that attendees are only at the event to check us out, we know that they’re also there for other purposes. For attendees interested in AppSec, there are a number of sessions they will not want to miss. A few of the sessions we recommend checking out include:

Reality Check: The Story of Cybersecurity

    • Speaker: Rohit Ghai, President, RSA 
    • Location: Moscone West Street Level
    • Date and Time: February 25, 8:10 AM to 8:30 AM
    • Learn more about Rohit and his presentation here.

Why Doesn’t the Security Industry Have a Mary Meeker-Style Report

    • Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director, Intuit
    • Location: Moscone West 3004
    • Date and Time: February 25, 2:20 PM to 3:10 PM
    • Learn more and reserve a seat here.

DevSecOps Workshop with GitHub Actions and Azure

    • Speaker: Tanya Janca, Security Consultant, IANS Research
    • Location: Moscone South 306
    • Date and Time: February 25, 2:20 PM to 4:20 PM
    • Learn more and reserve a seat here.

10 Things I Wish Every Developer Knew about Security

    • Speaker: Christopher Romeo, CEO, Security Journey
    • Location: Moscone West 2009
    • Date and Time: February 26, 8:00 AM to 8:50 AM
    • Learn more and reserve a seat here.

Solving for DevOps Auditors with Automated Compliance

    • Speakers: Shannon Lietz, Director, Intuit | Michelle Nikulshin, Director of Information Security, Intuit
    • Location: Moscone West 3011
    • Date and Time: February 28, 8:30 AM to 9:20 AM
    • Learn more and reserve a seat here.

NIST Panel: Secure Software Development Framework: An Industry and Public Sector Approach (Panel Discussion)

    • Moderator: Adam Sedgewick, Senior IT Policy Advisor, NIST
    • Location: Moscone West 3005
    • Date and Time: February 27, 9:20 AM to 10:10 AM
    • Learn more and reserve a seat here.

SANS Panel: The 5 Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques and How to Counter Them (Panel Discussion)

    • Moderator: Alan Paller, Research Director and Founder, SANS Institute
    • Location: Moscone West Street Level
    • Date and Time: February 27, 4:25 PM to 5:10 PM
    • Learn more and reserve a seat here.

Book Some Time with Contrast

What a list of AppSec activities to do and sessions to attend—16 in all! It’s going to be a busy week.

We always welcome a chance to talk with security and development teams about their AppSec challenges, and we look forward to seeing you at RSA. For anyone not attending RSA, or for that matter RSA attendees who don’t have time to visit us next week, you can schedule time for a demo of the Contrast DevOps-Native AppSec Platform today.




Surag Patel, Chief Strategy Officer

Surag Patel, Chief Strategy Officer

Surag Patel brings more than a decade of experience to Contrast Security, where he serves as Chief Strategy Officer. An experienced, highly analytical product and marketing executive, Surag’s focus is in driving Contrast’s global marketing and product strategy. Prior to Contrast, Surag served as Vice President of Global Product Management and Corporate Marketing for 41st Parameter, which was acquired by Experian in 2013. Prior to 41st Parameter, Surag led global data strategy and consumer insights for InMobi, the largest global independent mobile ad network. Surag blends his experience of bringing innovative products to market with a mix of engineering expertise, product strategy and domain expertise. Prior to InMobi, Surag spent five years at comScore leading advertising effectiveness research and development of the Ad Effx™ suite of products. Surag holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University.