By Deborah Gage
Chronicle Staff Writer
April 19, 2009
Several thousand people are expected at Moscone Center in San Francisco
this week for the RSA Conference, one of the world's largest meetings on
However, although cybersecurity appears to be worse than ever, with
attacks on companies and consumers growing more targeted and clever,
attendance at the conference is expected to be down this year because of
tight travel budgets.
RSA is even offering scholarships to 25 security pros who have been laid
off and want to keep up their skills.
"The economic downturn and what impact that has for security is going to
be a big theme," said Tim Mather, the conference's chief security
Companies are decreasing their investments in security, at least in some
areas, in order to save money, said Chenxi Wang, an analyst at Forrester
They buy what they need to comply with federal security regulations like
Sarbanes-Oxley but are investing less in security for applications, like
browsers, even though more than 75 percent of attacks are now targeted
there, she said.
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