Scholarship for unemployed security pros at RSA Conference 2010

RSA Conference announced the return of a special scholarship program for unemployed information security practitioners. RSA Conference 2010 will award delegate passes to 25 previous Conference attendees who have become unemployed within the last two years. The Conference takes place from March 1-5, 2010, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Criteria to receive a scholarship include:

  • Must be an information security professional (practitioner, security architect or similar role);
  • Must have attended the 2008 or 2009 RSA Conference as a full conference delegate;
  • Complete a 1000-character explanation on “Why attending RSA Conference is valuable to me”; and
  • Complete a 750-character biography.

“In the U.S., 9.4 percent of the population is currently without a job – with California being hit particularly hard at a rising 12.3 percent. Some of the most intelligent minds in the information security industry have found themselves among those without work,” said Sandra Toms LaPedis, Area Vice President and General Manager for RSA Conference. “Security practitioners who have lost their jobs during these tough economic times remain valuable assets to this industry, so we’re giving them an opportunity to attend the Conference to stay abreast of the latest security threats and newest security innovations.”

To enter the program, potential recipients have until 5 p.m. PT on Friday, February 5, 2010 and submit the requested information. Twenty-five qualified entrants will be selected at random and notified on Monday, February 8, 2010, that they have received a free delegate pass to RSA Conference.

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