RSA Conference walkouts set up rival event following NSA row

RSA Conference walkouts set up rival event following NSA row

Summary: A rival event to the RSA Conference has been set up by speakers who pulled out of the annual security event following reports about security firm RSA's dealings with the National Security Agency.

TOPICS: Security

A group of speakers who pulled out of the RSA Conference have set up a rival security conference.

The one-day TrustyCon event will take place in February, during this year's RSA Conference four-day run, at a venue near to the RSA gathering in San Francisco.

A number of speakers pulled out of the RSA Conference following reports that RSA Security introduced a flawed algorithm into its encryption products as part of a contract with the US National Security Agency. RSA Security, owned by data storage giant EMC, has disputed these claims.

F-Secure's chief research officer Mikko Hypponen will deliver the TrustyCon keynote, "The talk I was going to give at RSA", and will be joined by other speakers who dropped out of the RSA Conference, including Marcia Hofmann, special counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Christopher Soghoian, senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, and Chris Palmer, software engineer at Google. At present there are still slots available for speakers.

Sponsors for the event so far include CloudFlare, Microsoft and iSEC Partners.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have shown that the NSA had been engaged in trying to weaken internet encryption.

TrustyCon will be held on 27 February, during the RSA Conference's four day run, at the AMC Theatre at the Metreon on 4th and Mission in San Francisco.

Topic: Security


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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