Here's a sampling of the many sessions at RSA 2014 that will provide timely insights for security specialists in the government sector on such topics as vetting foreign technologies and implementing the new cybersecurity framework.
Six technology companies that sued the government to allow them to disclose secret requests for customer information have made their first revelations under terms of an agreement reached late last month with the government.
The breach at Target stores that may have affected as many as 40 million credit and debit card account holders is a watershed moment that could greatly raise awareness of cybersecurity risks, says privacy attorney David Navetta.
With information freely available about anyone on the Internet, ISACA's Robert Stroud says security professionals need to better monitor and control how personal information is being accessed and used.
In a speech revealing new limits on the way intelligence agencies collect telephone metadata, President Obama also announced a comprehensive review of how government and business are confronting the challenges inherent in big data.
Whether reports that the National Security Agency entered into a secret contract with security provider RSA are true or not - and RSA says they're not - the reputations of all American security vendors have been tarnished.
President Obama defends the National Security Agency's bulk-collection initiative, but suggests he may adopt some of the recommendations presented by a panel that proposes changes in the NSA's surveillance program.
A federal district court judge's ruling that a National Security Agency program collecting metadata from telephone calls could be unconstitutional suggests that the law hasn't kept pace with changing technology.
A letter from eight prominent online companies to President Obama and Congress calls for reform of government surveillance programs, outlining concerns about the way the NSA monitors online and telephone communications.
National policies regarding cybersecurity can have a positive or negative effect on global trade efforts, says Allan Friedman, research director of the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.