RSA 2014 - The RSA Conference has not surprisingly emerged into a shooting gallery for attendees, exhibitors, and executives, giving them the chance to speak out against NSA spying.
After the conversations I heard everywhere from the press room and discussion panels to the expo show floor, it's apparent that people don't enjoy the NSA snooping. It was most telling when prominent cybersecurity experts spoke out during the show.
From a panel at RSA:
"When you don't have transparency, their claims about (surveillance) being useful and stopping terrorism were BS," said Richard Clark, former cyberspace adviser to President Bush, Clinton and Obama, during a panel.
It is an interesting twist in a complicated state of cybersecurity - I've heard countless discussions regarding cybercriminal groups and foreign government spying - but full disclosure of NSA-related spying has sent shockwaves through the security community.
Ironically, both the Department of Homeland Security and NSA are present at the conference, promoting their own efforts to recruit tech-savvy security experts.
I look forward to attending RSA again tomorrow to chat more about government snooping - and how companies are trying to better defend against it.