DevOps Connect: DevSecOps Days Coming to RSAC

For the fourth year and now Security Boulevard are proud to be producing DevOps Connect: DevSecOps Days @ RSA Conference. The event will be held Monday, April 16, 2018. RSAC is the world’s largest security conference and so the perfect place to hold what we think of as the best day of DevSecOps. You can get full details at the site. The call for speakers is open now through Dec. 15.

devops connect: DevSecOps Days 2018 @ RSAC

Why Speak at DevOps Connect: DevSecOps Days @ RSAC

If you have a great DevSecOps story to tell, this is the conference to share it. Last year we had almost 1,000 people stop in during the full day of sessions to catch some of the top speakers in the space, as well as many up-and-coming thought leaders giving us a fresh look at the latest trends in DevOps and security. This year we expect more than 1,200 people to attend the sessions. Sessions are also recorded and put on DevOpsTV for later viewing.

DevSecOps Days features a large stage to give our speakers a great pulpit to share their expertise and experiences. The fact that it takes place on the backdrop of the largest security show in the world means the spotlight is even brighter.

More importantly, this is a chance to lead, your chance to give back to the community as we forge a road ahead toward better, faster more secure applications. Unlike some other conferences, we strongly prefer our speakers to be practitioners in the space rather than vendors selling to it (though not all vendors are bad—they speak with more practitioners than anyone and do add to the body of knowledge). We have a strict, no-vendor-pitches policy.

What Are We Looking For?

Here are some of the guidelines that address what we are looking for:

We want practitioners who can discuss the unique challenges of adopting security into the DevOps pipeline, including the obstacles to security being a contributing and valued partner in DevOps and the ways to overcome them. Specific topics we are looking for include, but are not restricted to:

  • How did you get senior management buy-in? What did you do? How did you quantify the business value?
  • Examples of security teams being integrated into the CI/CD or DevOps process
  • How did you overcome objections inside the organization?
  • How did you design and implement effective controls to mitigate security risks?
  • Which business area (and application) did you start with, why, and what did you do?
  • What were the top challenges and how did you overcome them?
  • What were your top mistakes, and what advice would you give as a result?
  • In-progress stories (and even nightmares) are welcome!

Also, beyond the practitioner preference, we are looking for a diverse set of speakers that closely matches the real world. There will be something approaching 50,000 people attending RSA Conference this year, and we want DevSecOps Days to reflect that diversity.

All speakers receive passes to DevSecOps and an expo pass to RSAC itself.

How You Can Attend DevOps Connect: DevSecOps Days @RSAC

If you aren’t ready to share your DevSecOps story with the world quite yet, you can still participate and attend DevSecOps Days @RSAC.  All you need is any kind of pass for RSAC. If you are not speaking and have not purchased a ticket yet, or would like a complimentary Expo Hall pass on us, please use these codes.

  • $100 Discount off of Full Conference passes – 18UDEVOPSFD
  • Complimentary Expo passes – 18UDEVOPSXP

The free expo pass is enough to get you into DevSecOps Days and expo show floors all week, as well as the keynotes. The $100 discount is off a full conference pass good for all sessions.You can register using the codes above here.

Wait, There’s More

Following the day sessions, the fifth annual No Wine-ing DevSecOps Cocktail party will take place 4:30-6 p.m. at Jillians, San Francisco, down the block from the Marquis. Registration for the No Wine-ing event is required and attendance is free. Register here.

The Security @ the Speed of DevOps panel and luncheon, featuring an all-star lineup of DevSecOps experts, will take place on Tuesday, April 17, at11:45 a.m., also at Jillians. The panel will be based on the second annual Security @ the Speed of DevOps reports by George Hulme. Once again, admission and lunch are free, but registration is required. Printed copies of the report will be available to attendees.

So if you would like to tell your DevSecOps story to the world, please apply to speak at DevOps Connect: DevSecOps Days @ RSAC. Otherwise, if you are going to be in San Francisco April 16, please join us for what should be another great day of DevSecOps learning, networking and growing at RSA Conference.

Also many thanks to our sponsors Sonatype, White Hat Security, Aqua Security, CA Veracode and Checkmarx. If you are interested in sponsoring, write [email protected].

Alan Shimel

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Alan Shimel

Throughout his career spanning over 25 years in the IT industry, Alan Shimel has been at the forefront of leading technology change. From hosting and infrastructure, to security and now DevOps, Shimel is an industry leader whose opinions and views are widely sought after.

Alan’s entrepreneurial ventures have seen him found or co-found several technology related companies including TriStar Web, StillSecure, The CISO Group, MediaOps, Inc., and the DevOps Institute. He has also helped several companies grow from startup to public entities and beyond. He has held a variety of executive roles around Business and Corporate Development, Sales, Marketing, Product and Strategy.

Alan is also the founder of the Security Bloggers Network, the Security Bloggers Meetups and awards which run at various Security conferences and Security Boulevard.

Most recently Shimel saw the impact that DevOps and related technologies were going to have on the Software Development Lifecycle and the entire IT stack. He founded and then the DevOps Institute. is the leading destination for all things DevOps, as well as the producers of multiple DevOps events called DevOps Connect. DevOps Connect produces DevSecOps and Rugged DevOps tracks and events at leading security conferences such as RSA Conference, InfoSec Europe and InfoSec World. The DevOps Institute is the leading provider of DevOps education, training and certification.

Alan has a BA in Government and Politics from St Johns University, a JD from New York Law School and a lifetime of business experience. His legal education, long experience in the field, and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality that is always in demand to appear at conferences and events.

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