So I got the chance to head down to check out a day of the 2007 RSA Conference that's going on this week down in San Francisco. I could see the water while in the taxi heading from SFO to the show, so it was almost like a day at the beach...right? A foggy, cold day at the beach...except entirely indoors.

Once I'd shaken the cobwebs out of my head that were firmly attached after having woken up at 2:40AM (yes, in the morning) to get ready and drive to the airport for my 6AM flight, I enjoyed checking things out. I've been to conferences, that's nothing new, but this was my first 100% security devoted conference. While many things were the same, tons of booths with flashing lights, frisbees, booth babes, candy and more to try to draw you in, there was a different twist on it all since it wasn't a development conference or one focused on web technologies, given languages or even platforms.

It was interesting to be able to walk around the conference and see everything from things that seem like standard fare to me (hello iRules security examples and FirePass demonstrations) to things like biometric scanning technologies and companies promising to be the best at encrypting the data on my hard-drive. Some of this stuff was really cool, and it was kind of nice to be able to browse around and check out some technologies that I might not have otherwise spent much time looking into. We all know there's only so much time to geek out during the day, and I'd just get spread too thin in my ... err ... geekery to be able to stay "up" on everything that's going on out there.

The response at the F5 booth was pretty good for the first day of the Conference, especially considering the different talks that were going on that kept people interested and corralled off of the show floor for chunks of the day. I even got some video of Lori and Alan from F5 doing some presentations at the booth about Web 2.0 security and Spam blocking respectively. I'll try to get those edited and ready for DCTV here in the near future, so stay tuned. ;) I didn't, unfortunately, get any big name interviews like I had kind of hoped to, but there's always next year.

All in all, it was a good time, and I was glad to be able to go participate and take in some of the things that were going on. Hopefully I'll be able to attend again in the future, and maybe this time have a more solidified schedule for interviews and talks to catch.

#Colin