The RSA Conference — a venue where companies, government agencies and industry consultants gather to discuss the latest trends in cyberattacks — kicks off on Monday in San Francisco amid reports hackers stole consumer credit card data at Arby's Restaurant Group (ARG).
The conference isn't usually an occasion for big product announcements, though startups can gain a higher profile.
Palo Alto Networks (PANW), one of the biggest computer security firms, on Tuesday preannounced cloud technologies ahead of the RSA conference.
The corporate shift to cloud computing infrastructure and the Internet of Things are expected to be among the big topics at the conference.
"IoT security could likely take center stage, with the rapid proliferation of mobile devices and a general lack of endpoint security," said an RBC Capital Markets research report.
Last year's RSA conference was the largest ever, with more than 40,000 attendees, 500 exhibitors and over 700 speakers. At this year's event, research firm Ovum says it expects "more vendors and providers to focus on the use of data analytics, AI (artificial intelligence), behavior analytics and machine learning in advanced security solutions to help automate threat detection."
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