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What were you doing 15 years ago? I was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers straddling multiple engagements ranging from helping some companies prepare for SOX (Is it really that long ago?) to developing CISO strategies to working on a little product that was to lead to my current tenure at RSA Archer. 15 years in this industry is a long time. A very long time. In the security world, 15 years ago the L0pht and Cult of the Dead Cow had slowly faded into the distance but information security was taking wild, bold new steps. I still had ToneLoc installed on my laptop for war dialing but we certainly saw huge technology shifts coming our way. GRC was just in its infancy.  Wikipedia says the first scholarly research was in 2007 but some forward leaning companies were already thinking in broader terms of compliance and risk management.

According to legend, a small group of individuals gathered in a hotel conference room - an equal number of Archer Technology employees and customers - to talk about a product just starting its journey. The Archer Summit (as it was called then) was born.  Some of you might have been there or work for companies that were part of that important event. Fast forward a decade and a half, and from that humble beginning, this event is on the cusp of celebrating its 15th Anniversary this August.

Registration for the 15th Annual RSA Archer Summit is open and last week I announced the Call for Speakers. The 2018 RSA Archer Summit, hosted in Nashville this year, is dedicated solely to RSA Archer customers in honor of our big anniversary.  The Summit is a unique opportunity to network and celebrate our vibrant community of professionals in the risk, compliance, GRC, security (and all of the other hats we wear) industry.

This year’s event will continue in the tradition of our user conferences. As with years past, we will have several tracks dedicated to risk, compliance and RSA Archer technical practices along with plenty of social events to learn and share from your colleagues. We will be within walking distance of B.B. King’s Blues Club (a personal highlight for me), the Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic Second Avenue District of Nashville. As always, it will be a great experience to broaden your horizons, dig into what is working for other companies and share your own insights.

The Summit will provide invaluable face-to-face opportunities to discover best practices, hear about the latest product innovations, network with other customers, and meet one-on-one with RSA Archer experts and executives. RSA Archer Summit 2018 is your chance to let us know what product advances you’d like to see in future releases, connect with other leaders in your industry and gain firsthand knowledge that you can’t get at your desk.

In the coming months, we will continue to share more information as the Summit gels together. Keep tuned for updates and get ready to plan your week. Meanwhile, check out some videos from last year’s summit: Rohit Ghai’s keynote on “The RSA Advantage” David Walter’s keynote “The Future Vision of Risk Management”, my keynote on “What the Wild West Taught us about Risk Management” or check out the RSA Charge 2017 materials available on RSA Link.

As we announced last year at RSA Charge, the RSA Archer Summit this year is in Nashville. Registration is now available on the RSA Archer Summit website.

I am pleased to announce this year’s Call for Speakers for the 2018 RSA Archer Summit is open.  Each year we have a wide range of submissions to contemplate as we build the conference agenda. Given the GRC and Risk Management universe is so broad, this year we are simplifying the categories for our education tracks.

There are three topics for speakers to consider:

Business Risk Management in Practice

Sessions should focus on best practices in enterprise and operational risk management, IT risk management and security, operational risks, third party governance, compliance, business continuity risk or audit.  The audience for this track will be risk, security, compliance, audit and continuity professionals tasked with execution of these processes. Content should include best practices, case studies or war stories. Examples include how to identify, assess and monitor risks, risk assessments, security operations, BC/DR planning and compliance processes and how RSA Archer is being used in your organization to support these practices. The presentation should include an explanation of the business problem, desired outcomes, required functionality, solution outcomes and metrics used to measure success.


The RSA Archer Journey

Sessions should focus approaches, strategies and recommendations for the implementation of your business risk management program from an organizational perspective. The audience for this track will be individuals responsible for overall program execution, strategy, project managers, GRC champions or those tasked with getting a program up and running. Content should include case studies and recommendations for assessing maturity, changing organizational culture, building long term strategies or removing organizational barriers or obstacles. Examples include how to achieve consensus, measure value of the program, reporting on return on investments, organization change management or strategic roadmaps.  The presentation should include an explanation of the approach taken (centralized, top-down, decentralized, federated, or some combination), the rationale, the phases of organizational achievement, and the major milestones in risk and compliance maturity.


RSA Archer Technical

Sessions should cover beginner to advanced uses of the platform, custom objects, data feeds, on demand applications, integrations, etc.   The audience for this track is RSA Archer administrators, developers, integrators or those tasked with operational support of the RSA Archer platform. The content must include demonstrations of a business problem that is addressed using the RSA Archer platform. Screen shots, recorded or interactive demonstrations are required. This should be a “How To” presentation to instruct the audience on optimal platform configuration.  Other technical presentations may cover topics such as the administration of the platform, backup/recovery, system architecture, etc.


If you are contemplating submitting a session, know that this is a very rewarding experience. Presenting to your peers can be a bit unnerving but the satisfaction and return is worth it. To teach others is to learn about oneself. Thinking through your experiences, applying your new found knowledge and acknowledging your successes and lessons learned is as much of a benefit as imparting your wisdom to others.

I invite all of you to take a look across your implementation of RSA Archer and pull out those nuggets to share with your peers. The RSA Archer Summit is the perfect venue to help others navigate their own challenges and for you to pass on (and receive) knowledge and experience.

The process is simple:

  1. Download the form.
  2. Fill out the form completely.
  3. Send the form to Include “Speaker Submission” in the subject line.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Call for Speakers ENDS FEBRUARY 28, 2018.  

Selections will be communicated with speakers once the selection committee reviews all submissions.

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