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First five videos from RSA Conference in San Francisco posted on GSN’s Web site

Sandra Toms LaPedis

GSN: Government Security News has announced that the first five video interviews recorded at the RSA 2010 USA Conference in San Francisco between March 1 -5 have been posted on the GSN Web site.

In an interview previewing the event, RSA General Manager Sandra Toms LaPedis revealed that attendance was expected to surpass 15,000 people, and that the conference would include 300 exhibitor booths and 250 sessions on a variety of cyber-security topics. She also pointed out that a number of top officials from the U.S. Government would be delivering keynote speeches, including Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Howard Schmidt, the recently-appointed White House Cybersecurity Coordinator and FBI Director Robert Mueller. She also described some of the fun events that would take place during the conference, including the Code Breakers Bash at San Francisco’s City Hall and the Pecha Kucha Happy Hour.

GSN’s interview with Amir Ben-Efraim, founder and CEO of Altor Networks, one of 10 finalists in the prestigious “Sandbox” competition for the “Most Innovative Company” at the RSA Show enabled Ben-Efraim to describe Altor’s business as securing virtual environments in the cloud by securing the virtual  machines that are the underlying atoms in cloud computing. Ben-Efraim mentioned that his customers have included the U.S. Army, Brookhaven National Labs and the National Renewable Energy Labs. Hours after this GSN interview was conducted, it was announced that Altor Networks had, indeed, won the Sandbox competition and been named the Most Innovative Company at the 2010 show.

In another interview, Torsten George, the Worldwide VP of Marketing of ActivIdentity, explained how his company’s recent acquisition of Corestreet will enable the combined companies to push physical and logical credential management in government to the next level. He also pointed out that ActivIdentity planned to take Corestreet’s physical security technology to Europe, where ActivIdentity had a strong foothold.

In another interview with executives of Hirsch Electronics, which emphasized the convergence of physical and logical access control technologies, Scott Howell, VP of Marketing, and Bob Beliles, VP of Enterprise Business Development, demonstrated how the company’s PACE Gateway Product (Physical Access Control Events) enables physical security events (such as a door entry) to trigger network responses.

Finally, Jim Schriver, Director of New Technologies at Black Box, explained how his company’s networking expertise in now being applied to physical access control and video, all being done across an IP backbone. With its new Intellipass Access Control Product, Schriver said, the company sees a lot of opportunity in the convergence now taking place in voice, data and video.

Additional videos that will be posted on the GSN Web site in the near future will include interviews with Brent Williams, CTO of Anakam; Philip Lieberman, CEO of Lieberman Software; Greg Oslan, CEOof Narus, Inc.; Hugh Thompson, Program Chairman of RSA; Roark Pollock, Director of Product Marketing at Tipping Point; and Michael Hall, CISO at DriveSavers, Inc.


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