RSA(R) Conference 2005 Commences In San Francisco With Record Attendance And Keynotes By Bill Gates, John Chambers And John Thompson - Attendee Number Expected To Exceed 11,000

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Mon Feb 14 07:42:06 PST 2005


RSA(R) Conference 2005 Commences In San Francisco With Record Attendance
And Keynotes By Bill Gates, John Chambers And John Thompson - Attendee
Number Expected To Exceed 11,000

14th Annual Event Kicks-Off With Second Annual Executive Security Action Forum
  and Town Hall Meetings Featuring 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick and U.S.
                     Secret Service Director Ralph Basham

    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 14 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA(R) CONFERENCE -- The 14th annual
RSA(R) Conference 2005, the world's leading information security event, opened
today at San Francisco's Moscone Center to an expected record attendance of
over 11,000. Attendees include security practitioners, academics, developers,
IT professionals, industry leaders, and policy makers discussing the latest
developments in technology, mathematics, public policy, and best practices in
information security. The Conference keynotes will commence with featured
speakers Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft;
followed by John Chambers, president and chief executive officer of Cisco
Systems, Inc.; and John Thompson, chairman and chief executive officer of
Symantec Corporation. This year's event features over 275 vendors
demonstrating the latest technologies in more than 162,000 square feet of
exhibit space. Monday's agenda kicks-off with the Second Annual Executive
Security Action Forum, followed by four days of over 200 conference sessions
including enterprise and common criteria tutorials and the Town Hall Meetings.
    "Over the past year information security has been elevated on the priority
list of professionals, government officials and corporations alike, as a
result of advanced threats, issues of liability and new regulations that
require compliance," said Sandra Toms LaPedis, area vice president and general
manager of the RSA Conferences. "The solid increase in our registration
numbers compared to the last few years continues to show that RSA Conference
is a valuable forum for balanced discussions and priceless networking
opportunities for all attendees across the board. This year's event offers one
of the most prestigious line-ups in Conference history as well as new events
including Town Hall meetings that will cover critical trends and world issues
on the minds of our attendees."
    Information security has grown to become a critical issue for both
enterprises and individuals. Conference attendees gain vital information with
their access to more than 200 educational presentations and class sessions
throughout the week. The conference will conclude Friday, February 18th with a
presentation by Frank Abagnale, industry consultant and best-selling author of
"Catch Me If You Can."

    Other highlights include:
    Executive Security Action Forum
    The Executive Security Action Forum will be held on Monday, February 14,
prior to the start of RSA(R) Conference 2005. The Forum is a continuous,
independent commission that includes key business and government security
policy and technology implementers - as well as security industry executives.
Members of the Forum include CIOs, CSOs and CISOs from Fortune 500 companies
such as Bank of America, eBay, Ford, Microsoft, Motorola, Pepsico, Safeway,
Wachovia and Washington Mutual. During the forum, executives discussed ideas
to improve information security in the private and public sectors. Other
topics included the best practices and issues with funding of information
security, enforcing security with outsourcers, balancing security and privacy,
product liability, legislation and public policy and how to connect business,
government and technology.

    Town Hall Meetings
    The Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) will host a Town Hall Meeting
to discuss homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, and cyber
security in the post-9/11 era, and what steps are being taken to enhance
security measures. Featured speakers include: 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick
and Dick Clarke, former US cyber security czar. This session will take place
on Wednesday, February 16, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Gateway 104 Attendees
interested in attending must RSVP for this session to
csiatownhall at
    Business Software Alliance (BSA) will sponsor the second Town Hall Meeting
scheduled for Thursday, February 17, noon - 1:30 p.m., Gateway 104.BSA
President and CEO, Robert Holleyman will host this session. The U.S. Secret
Service Director, Ralph Basham, will open the discussion on the emergence of
modern day "rum runners." The session will be moderated by Jon Swartz, USA
TODAY technology reporter, who will focus on the threat of organized crime on
the Internet along with a prestigious panel of experts on the forefront of
this emerging criminal phenomenon. Attendees interested in attending must RSVP
for this session at townhallrsvp at

    RSA Conference First Time Attendee Briefing
    RSA Conference first time attendees are invited to the Conference First
Time Attendee Briefing to hear from past attendees on planning agendas and
sessions to attend and to gain general information. This session takes place
in Esplanade 302 on Monday from 6-7 p.m.

    Cryptographers' Panel
    The Cryptographers' Panel is one of the most widely attended and eagerly
awaited sessions during the RSA Conference. Burt Kaliski, vice president of
research at RSA Security and chief scientist of RSA Laboratories, will
moderate this year's cryptographers' panel, which will look at past panel
predictions and how they turned out, as well as looking ahead at the future of
cryptography and information security. Other participants providing insights
into future information security developments include: Dr. Whitfield Diffie,
Sun Microsystems; Paul Kocher, Cryptography Research; Professor Ronald Rivest,
MIT Laboratory for Computer Science; and Professor Adi Shamir, Weizmann
Institute. This panel is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at 11:10 a.m.

    Sponsors, Registration and Attendance
    Platinum Sponsors exhibiting at the conference include: Cisco Systems,
Computer Associates, Microsoft, Qualys, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems,
Symantec, Tipping Point and VeriSign.
    Full Conference fees include access to all four days of general sessions
and class tracks, exhibits, evening receptions and giveaways. Qualified
members of the media receive complimentary admission. A list of confirmed
exhibitors is available at For more
information about
RSA Conference 2005 or to register, visit the web site at or call 1-866-518-2076.

    About the RSA Conference
    Now in its 14th year, the RSA Conference brings together decision-makers
and influencers from all major markets, including consumer, education,
financial, government, computer networking, telecommunications, Wall Street
and the media for one of the industry's premier e-security and cryptography
events.  Later in the year, RSA Conference 2005 continues in Japan and in
Europe. RSA Conference will also be holding one-day regional events throughout
the year including: September 13, 2005 in Chicago and September 15, 2005 in
New York. For more information, visit

    RSA is a registered trademark or trademark of RSA Security Inc. in the
United States and/or other countries.  All other products and services
mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

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