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Somber year for RSA Conference on cybersecurity




Somber year for RSA Conference on cybersecurity
Somber year for RSA Conference on cybersecurity



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/19/BU22174LP1.DTL 

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 
cybersecurity.

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 
strategist.

Companies are decreasing their investments in security, at least in some 
areas, in order to save money, said Chenxi Wang, an analyst at Forrester 
Research.

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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