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In the wintery cold of February, the summer heat of August seems like a distant dream. But planning for RSA Archer Summit 2018, Aug. 15-17 in Nashville, Tennessee, is already in full swing.


And we need YOU!


RSA Archer Summit 2018 Call for Speakers


The key to the success of the RSA Archer Summit has always been the active participation of our customers as presenters and panelists. Customer presenters offer a view into the work of GRC thought leaders -- people who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with RSA Archer and developing powerful use cases within their organizations and industries.


Are you ready to inspire others? Send us your speaker submission today!


Need a speaker submission form? Download it here.


Have questions? Please contact


Hurry! Don’t miss out. Plan ahead for summer and send us your speaker submission for RSA Archer Summit 2018 today. The March 30, 2018 submission deadline is just around the corner. And the RSA Archer Summit will be here before you know it!

The 2018 RSA Archer Summit, hosted in Nashville this year, is dedicated solely to RSA Archer customers - 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 Call for Speakers for the 2018 RSA Archer Summit deadline has been extended to March 30, 2018.   For those of you already submitting for the original February 28, 2018 deadline, please send in your submissions now but there is now additional time for you to get your submissions in for consideration.

As a reminder, we have three main 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.


In addition to submitting a presentation, you may also volunteer to participate in a Panel discussion. For those submissions, fill out the form and check “I am interested in participating in a panel discussion if this session is not selected.” If you are ONLY interested in participating in a panel and do not wish to submit a presentation, select that same option in the form and put the topics you are interested in speaking on in the Abstract of the submission form.

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.

The Submission 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.


If you have any questions or issues with the form, contact

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Call for Speakers ENDS MARCH 30, 2018.  

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

Even if you aren’t looking to speak, don't forget to REGISTER.  Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville in August!

History and heroes? Sounds like tall talk, right? Nope, not at all. The time is now. And the Nashville.


Fifteen years ago the "Archer Summit" was born out of a dream to build a...


Hmmm...wait a second...come to think of it I never heard what the original dream was! Many of us joined the RSA Archer fold long after that fateful gathering. However I do know what came from it -- an amazing product propelled to the top of its industry by the largest GRC family on the planet!


Ever since then we've been regaled with tales about the first ever "Summit" .. the ragtag band of entrepreneurial pioneers .. the oppressive AZ heat .. and most importantly, the famous bar tab rescue (when the party venue's credit card machine stopped working before we could pay for our event!)


So what's the secret behind the magic? What's the common link that makes it all possible?


The answer of course is YOU!!


Without YOU there is no summit. It's that simple. The famous "bar tab rescue? Yep, that heroic effort was in fact customer led; just like the presentations that year and every year since. The RSA Archer Summit has always been about maximizing customer engagement and working together. Always customer first and customer focused.


If you've attended an RSA Archer Summit or RSA Charge event before then I have a question for you. Remember that feeling of being in the audience when your own personal light bulb went off as the presenter described a solution to a similar challenge that your organization was also facing? Seeking answers to that challenge might have even been the very reason that brought you to the summit in the first place.


Remember how fired up and encouraged you were to learn the speaker wasn't a professional trainer, but was actually just like you? A fellow customer sharing their story, educating peers across industries, and energizing you in the process. The RSA Archer Summit is a reflection of our impressive RSA Archer Community following and both are truly unique in our industry. Customers coming together out of an innate desire to learn and help each other as part of something bigger. What a cool concept to embrace.


Well guess what! Now it's your turn to be a hero! The only thing required to rise to the challenge is to simply submit a presentation idea. While the first Archer Summit may have been small and cozy, it was still very impactful. Just look how far we've come since then! Today customers from around the world and all levels of GRC maturity gather each year in growing record numbers to exchange ideas, learn, and get inspired to own risk.


If you've never attended an RSA Archer Summit you might be wondering whether you could also be a presenter. The answer is YES OF COURSE!! Some of our best presentations have come from customers that were not only first-time attendees, but achievement award winners too!


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


The window is closing fast. Don't miss your chance to be one of the next heroes in the RSA Archer Community. The instructions below will guide you on completing your submission. Steve Schlarman's blog post offers several great tips on trending topics and presentation ideas. Additional insights can also be found here and here courtesy of my fellow GRC Strategists at RSA Archer HQ.


The speaker submission process is simple:

  1. Download the form.
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Email the completed form to Include “Speaker Submission” in the subject line.

(Final selections will be communicated to speakers once the selection committee reviews all submissions.)


So that covers the "hero" portion of my post. But what about the "history" part? How does that fit in?


Again, the answer is simple. What better way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the original summit then to mark the occasion with the return of the RSA Archer-only summit too! While the combined RSA Charge event will continue bi-annually, us GRC folks are a pretty tight-knit group. We couldn't go two whole years between gatherings! We'd miss each other too much! Needless to say all of us here were pretty excited when we heard the news at RSA Charge last year. And we're grateful to our executive leadership for their continued support and confidence in the power of the RSA Archer Community and brand. I did mention we're also a big GRC family after all, right? donating your time and energy, and sharing your unique insights, not only can you walk taller as a recognizable hero in the RSA Archer Community, you can also become an important part of our unique history to boot! Speaking of boots...don't forget we'll be in Nashville this year too! Lots of boots, good music, and in the grand tradition of RSA Archer Summits past, always a great time had by all. General registration is also open now on the RSA Archer Summit website.


See you there partner!

It’s that time again - the third release for the RSA Exchange is here!


We’re introducing a new App-Pack for document request tracking and a new Tool & Utility for user profile and contact synchronization, along with 12 new Integrations.


We’re very pleased that the RSA Exchange has been such a big hit, with more than 40,000 views to-date! Since we kicked off the RSA Exchange in August 2017, we’ve delivered five App-Packs, four Tools & Utilities, and 27 Integrations as offerings via the RSA Exchange.RSA Exchange Offering Types


In case you haven’t heard about or checked out the RSA Exchange yet, it helps you easily access and download best-practice App-Packs, Integrations, and Tools & Utilities. The RSA Exchange features offerings that leverage On-Demand Applications created by RSA and RSA SecurWorld partners, known as App-Packs, via the RSA Link online community. It also highlights RSA Ready certified Integrations that enable you to pass risk data between the RSA Archer Platform and third party software, as well as Tools & Utilities to help administrators manage the Platform.


Let’s get to the good stuff -- here are details for the RSA Exchange Release R3 offerings:

  • App-Pack: RSA Archer Documentation Request Tracking provides an automated governance process for capturing and approving requests for documentation. Internal teams can request official documentation or legal reviews for internal teams, customers or vendors. The app-pack captures requester contact information, request priority, and documents the impacted business units, process, applications, products, and services. Upon request approval, the documentation can be shared by the approver or subject matter expert.   Documentation Request Tracking also helps your organization measure and manage request expected delivery and SLA timeframes.


  • Tools & Utilities: RSA Archer User Profile and Contact Synchronization provides an automated method for connecting and synchronizing the User Profile system data with the Contacts application. This offering uses the RSA Archer RestAPI and a data feed to synchronize key attributes such as first and last name, user name, email address, phone number, language, and more. 



Interested in learning more about these latest offerings? Check out the details on the RSA Exchange and join us for these upcoming Free Friday Tech Huddles:

  • March 9 – RSA Archer Release R3 overview
  • March 23 – Symantec Control Compliance Suite (CCS) integration demonstration

Here we are again, looking forward to another GREAT RSA Archer Summit, this time in Nashville, Tennessee, August 15-17, 2018.  Registration is already open and we would love to have you sign-up to attend but what we would love even more is for you to make a presentation at the conference so other customers can learn from you and your experiences using Archer to improve risk and compliance management.  You see, this is what really makes the RSA Archer Summit successful every year, customers like you who are willing to share proven best practices and techniques using Archer.  Download the form now to make a presentation!


Don’t forget, this is taking place in Nashville, TN!  I had the pleasure of attending a family reunion in Nashville a couple of years ago.  It was a blast.  Besides me vouching for Nashville, here are a few tidbits to further pique your interest:


In Downtown Nashville in 1971, workers excavating the foundation of the First American Bank came across a cave system from the prehistoric era. This cave system had remains of a foreleg from Smilodon Fatalis along with a nine-inch fang.  This is why the Nashville Predators Ice Hockey team’s mascot is a Saber tooth tiger!


The Nashville Visitor website quoted Condé Nast Traveler as saying "There's enough going on [in Nashville] food-wise to warrant a trip solely for eating"   For example, the Pancake Pantry restaurant has a  menu listing more than 20 melt-in-your-mouth pancake selections. 


Lastly, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce states on their website: “With live music of every genre being performed any night of the week, more than 180 recording studios, and some 5,000 working musicians, Nashville is known the world over as Music City.” 


I’m here to tell you, between August 15-17, Nashville is going to be known the world over for something more than Music City.  It’s going to be known as the biggest and best Risk Management & GRC Summit in the world!


Be a part of the best Risk Management & GRC Summit by answering this call for speakers.  By presenting, you receive a complimentary pass to attend the Summit.  Sign-up today – for more info see the RSA Archer Summit 2018 - Call for Speakers is Now Open blog.


If you read Steve Schlarman’s blog from last week (RSA Archer Summit 2018 - Call For Speakers Now Open), you now know a few important facts.  First, RSA Archer Summit is August 15-17 in Nashville this year, and it’s dedicated entirely to Archer customers!  Second, the Summit revolves around our customers, and most of the sessions are presented by our customers, which makes the content fantastic.  And third, it’s time to get your session ideas submitted through our Call For Speakers process - that’s right, we want you to speak at Summit!  The process is simple:

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


When you submit a topic to speak at Summit you’re definitely not alone! We will work with you to make sure the presentation topics you submit will add value and then once selected, we work with you on your presentation to help you be successful.  Being a speaker at Archer is like presenting to your friends because Archer customers at all levels of maturity are looking for new connections with good ideas of how Archer can be used.  We want this to be an excellent experience for you, and in turn make the Summit an awesome event, so we work with you along the entire way.


What makes the RSA Archer Summit such a valuable experience are the relationships you build while you’re there.  Relationships with other Archer customers and users; with RSA employees that sell, support and develop Archer for the future; and with our partners, professional services, consultants and more.  When you present a session at the Summit you’re much more visible and definitely have the opportunity to connect with even more contacts there.


This Summit marks our 15th anniversary.  You’ll meet a few folks that have been to each Summit (or Charge), more that have attended a few events, and even more who are new to Summit.  Whether this marks your 15th or 1st Summit, we want to hear from you!  So, submit your presentation ideas via the instructions above and we look forward to seeing you at Summit!


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

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