Record Number of Attendees Underscores the Demand for Data Security in Asian Markets

SINGAPORE, July 9 /PRNewswire/ — Making its initial foray into Asia, the RSA Conference 2001 Asia opened today at the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center in Suntec City, Singapore. Modeled after the successful U.S.-based RSA Conference — the world’s largest data security event — RSA Conference 2001 Asia is designed to address the critical e-security and privacy issues facing business, government and the public. With the participation of major industry leaders such as the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the convention is designed to inform, educate and raise e-security issues among key IT professionals, business people, mathematicians and developers in Asia.

The RSA Conference 2001 Asia will host more than 600 attendees and more than 35 exhibiting organizations and features 60 individual break out sessions. With guest speakers and keynote presentations from industry leaders, some of the topics to be addressed include electronic commerce, public key infrastructure, EDI and Web security. Bringing together key players in the e-security arena, this premier industry event provides a platform where leaders discuss current security issues plaguing businesses. Some of the highlights of this convention include tracks on Wireless Security, Hackers and Threats and New Products.

“Bringing this conference to Asia epitomizes our firm commitment to Singapore as one of the pioneering leaders in the Internet age. The unwavering support of the IDA has made it possible for us to bring together various players in the e-security market at this convention,” said Jim Bidzos, vice chairman, RSA Security Inc.

“We are proud to bring the RSA Conference to Singapore with the support of IDA. IDA’s vision, as represented in the Infocomm 21 plan, is clearly complimentary to our own. While IDA is poised to position Singapore as a vibrant and dynamic global information communications hub, RSA Security’s goal is to safeguard data by ensuring the authenticity of information communications in the wired and wireless world,” remarked Richard Turner, vice president for Asia Pacific of RSA Security.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), Internet commerce will accelerate to US$5 trillion in 2005, fueled by nearly one billion global Internet users, or 15 per cent of the world’s population. The United States now accounts for just under half, or 46 per cent, of total e-commerce. By 2005, however, its share will dip to 36 per cent, more in line with its position in the offline economy. E-commerce growth in all regions will be healthy, but Asia-Pacific and Western Europe will accelerate the fastest between 2000 and 2005.

“With the proliferation of e-transactions, security issues have always been on the minds of many corporations and individuals alike. Security is paramount in today’s e-business model. Privacy and security issues are major concerns of businesses especially with globalization. It is imperative that information be well protected from unauthorized access. To say the least, security is mission-critical,” commented Scott Schnell, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, RSA Security Inc.

Infocomm 21 is IDA’s blueprint for harnessing information communication technologies for national competitiveness and improving our quality of life. The blueprint articulates the vision, goal and strategies that would facilitate the development of Singapore’s infocomm industry over the next five years, and move Singapore into the ranks of “first world economies” of the Net Age.

About the RSA Conference

Now in its 10th year in the United States, 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 the industry’s premier e-security event. RSA Conference 2001, which is now debuting in Asia with the Singapore Conference, continues in Europe in October.

About RSA Security Inc.

RSA Security Inc., the most trusted name in e-security(TM), helps organizations build secure, trusted foundations for e-business through its RSA SecurID(R) two-factor authentication, RSA BSAFE encryption and RSA Keon(R) digital certificate management systems. With approximately one billion RSA BSAFE-enabled applications in use worldwide, more than nine million RSA SecurID authentication users and almost 20 years of industry experience, RSA Security has the proven leadership and innovative technology to address the changing security needs of e-business and bring trust to the new, online economy. RSA Security can be reached at NOTE: RSA, BSAFE, Keon, and SecurID are registered trademarks, and The Most Trusted Name in e-Security is a trademark of RSA Security Inc. BroadVision is a registered trademark of BroadVision, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other products and services mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

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