Coronavirus Crisis: The IT Industry Prepares For The Worst
Joseph F. Kovar
While the spread of COVID-19, a.k.a. the coronavirus disease 2019, appears to be slowing, the IT industry is hoping to mitigate risks to their employees and their businesses, with many canceling conference participation or warning of financial risks.
IBM Pulls Out Of RSA
IBM Friday was the first high-profile vendor to cite the coronavirus outbreak as the reason to publicly cancel its participation in the RSA Conference scheduled to run from Feb. 24-28 in San Francisco.
IBM, which was originally one of nine platinum-level sponsors at the annual security-focused RSA Conference, said the company decided to cancel its appearance out of an abundance of caution.
“The health of IBMers continues to be our primary concern as we monitor upcoming events and travel relative to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19),” IBM said in a emailed statement to CRN. “As a result, we are cancelling our participation in this year’s RSA conference taking place February 24-28 in San Francisco.”
For now, RSA is still scheduled to be held.