The third annual SC World Congress concluded Thursday following two days of content-rich sessions and keynotes.
Hundreds of attendees packed the presentations, led by 60 high-quality speakers, who focused their talks on a wide range of topics that security professionals confront on a daily basis, from emerging threats to mobile devices penetrating the enterprise to the rise of cloud computing to neat tools that can be used in the cybercrime fight.Arguably the most buzz, though, was generated by the "12 Hours to Network Meltdown" keynote, a real-time hacking simulation, proctored by the U.S. military and SC Magazine's lab team, that pitted "Blue Team" versus "Red Team" and encouraged audience participation via Twitter.
In addition to the sessions and keynotes, which included addresses from Rep. Yvette Clarke, D.-N.Y., and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Elder, attendees packed the expo floor, where roughly 50 exhibitors showed off their latest wares.
"Our third annual SC World Congress was hugely successful this year," SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong said. "We had leading information security professionals from various industries attend educational sessions across both days of the event. They also hit our expo hall to engage in fruitful discussions with our many exhibitors."Following a star-studded CISO panel, Armstrong concluded the show by announcing the winners of the Security Innovators Throwdown, a competition designed to judge and recognize those fledgling vendors with the most robust business plans and tools to attract buyer interest and financial investment.
1st place – Mykonos Software (web application security)
2nd place – M.A.D Partners (smartphone security)
Runners-up – Hatha Systems (software analysis), Silver Tail Systems (fraud prevention)
The winners and finalists will be featured in an upcoming issue of SC Magazine.
The leading event for the East Coast, SC World Congress arms security professionals with the information they need to support their security plans, actionable advice and tips on ways to address today's most challenging data security issues from industry luminaries, multiple opportunities to earn CPE credits, networking receptions to catch up with peers and experts, and much, much more.
"The event sees top minds from the cybersecurity industry not only leading the many panels or keynotes, but also attending as conferees," Armstrong said. "As a result, it really has become known as the place for folks to share war stories and obtain actionable information they can adapt for use in their own organizations. We can't wait to do it again next year in New York and see all our supporters north of the border at SC Congress Canada next week."