RSA Archer GRC Summit 2014 Daily Digest – Day 1

This is part 1 in a series of daily digest posts covering highlights of this year’s RSA Archer GRC Summit.


As expected, the 2014 RSA Archer GRC Summit is off to another record-setting start, hosting 1,000 Summit attendees here with me at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ.  With the largest gathering of GRC professionals and 100+ degree temperatures, the heat is definitely on!

I kicked off Day 1 at our Executive and  Advisory session, featuring RSA Executive Chairman Art Coviello and Scott Mitchell from OCEG, the Open Compliance and Ethics Group. Both speakers provided perspective on the changes happening in the GRC industry and the trends and challenges that we can expect moving forward. Interestingly, Art and Scott both addressed the movement of risk management “back upstream” to executives and decision makers, who understand the need for risk visibility and reliable data in making business decisions.  Sounds a little bit like Risk Intelligence…

Art Coviello
RSA Executive Chairman Art Coviello

I also noted that Art and Scott made a point to comment on the commitment, dedication and maturity of Summit attendees, and just how much we have to learn from each other.  I couldn’t agree more. For me, the Meet & Greet lunch was a fantastic opportunity to sit down and get to know new customers, catch up with colleagues and get face time with fellow RSA’ers. Those connections are what the Summit is all about.

Scott Mitchell, Chairman, Open Compliance & Ethics Group

I was able to briefly sit in on the Audit Working Group to hear how Audit teams are implementing a risk-based approach for their audit programs. The group received a high level summary of our latest release for Audit Management and checked it out for themselves in the Interactive Zone demonstration pods.

It was standing room only for our Compliance Working Group, and a huge turnout for the Product Roadmap to learn more about our future technology innovations. How big is Summit, you ask? Well, we had more GRC professionals attend a single Working Group session than the number of attendees at another company’s entire conference. That’s big!!!

What a way to wrap up Day One, with a series of thought-provoking keynotes. Art Coviello and Mike Brown, RSA VP and General Manager, provided compelling cases on the need for Risk Intelligence in operationalizing risk to move from “risk managed” to “risk advantaged.” Our special guest speaker, 38-year veteran of the U.S. Army and retired four-star General Wesley Clark, drew upon his experience and perspective to address the critical importance of comprehensive strategy in recognizing threats and preparing for potential risk.

U.S. Army 4-Star Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.)

Finally, I finished Day 1 with my many GRC colleagues at one of my favorite Summit activities, the Welcome Reception.  This year, with a frontier theme of exploration, we had to make it the “Wild West Welcome Reception”.  With lots of familiar faces and new names, along with cold cocktails, what more could you possibly ask for? Everyone loved the party mascot – a docile and sweet burro named “Mija” dressed in colorful southwestern attire.

Archer Summit party mascot “Mija”

Now it’s time to get geared up for the excitement of Day Two.  Don’t worry, the cowboy hat will come back – stay tuned for my Day Two wrap-up!

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