Novel Coronavirus Update

March 11, 2020
The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority and as such, RSA Conference 2020 APJ will shift from being a physical event to becoming a virtual event hosted on July 14 – 16, 2020.

For the past few weeks we have been collaborating with key government agencies and partners in Singapore along with monitoring the status of COVID-19 through The World Health Organization (WHO). We have determined that this year, the right path forward is to provide rich education and thought leadership via a virtual learning experience.

 

March 10, 2020
Additional update: The below email was sent to all RSAC 2020 attendees.

Dear RSA Conference Attendee, 

The health and safety of RSA Conference attendees is of primary importance to us every year, and more so this year. We have been continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation before, during and since RSA Conference, to be able to proactively provide attendees with as much information as possible in partnership with local health authorities.

We recently learned that two individuals tested positive for COVID-19, who attended RSA Conference, which started on Monday February 24th. Out of an abundance of caution, we want to share this information with you so you can take necessary steps to monitor your own situation.

To date, no official governing body has communicated with RSA Conference that these individuals had symptoms at the RSA Conference event or attended during the COVID-19 incubation period. We are in contact with the relevant health authorities to provide them with the necessary information to complete their investigation and are following their guidance on how to proceed.

These are challenging and unprecedented times for our community and RSA Conference will continue to share additional information on the RSAC website. Our thoughts are with those affected and we wish them a full recovery.

If you have flu-like symptoms, reach out to your medical provider for advice on next steps. Please refer to the following CDC recommendations for protecting yourself and others.

 

March 10, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution we are sharing the following information with the RSAC community. We learned that two individuals who attended RSA Conference 2020 have recently tested positive for COVID-19. 

Currently, there is not a known direct link or official governing body communicating back to RSA Conference that these individuals had symptoms at Conference or attended during the incubation period.

We are sharing this information with our RSA Conference attendees and have contacted appropriate health authorities. We will continue to share information as we have it.

If you have flu-like symptoms, please see your medical provider for diagnosis and next steps. Please continue to maintain a high sense of hygiene and follow the CDC recommendations.


February 25, 2020

Today, the City of San Francisco declared a State of Emergency to begin preparations around any future coronavirus outbreaks. The City stated that residents and visitors remain at low risk for becoming infected with the coronavirus and that the number of cases within the City remains at zero. This declaration will enable the City to accelerate emergency planning measures and more effectively respond to any outbreak by securing funding and ensuring that public health officials have the resources they need, including the ability to monitor for cases, investigate potential exposure through contact and quarantine new cases.

 
We remain in contact with the City, local health officials and are monitoring the CDC. 
 
To read the press release from Mayor London Breed’s office, please visit https://sfmayor.org/article/city-san-francisco-moves-proactively-prepare-possible-novel-coronavirus-activity-community

 

 

February 21, 2020

We learned today that Verizon has decided to no longer participate in RSA Conference 2020 as a Gold Sponsor. We understand and respect their decision.

 

With registration opening tomorrow and more than 40,000 conference attendees arriving in San Francisco over the weekend and early next week, San Francisco Mayor London Breed informs RSAC participants in an open letter to all that the City has been “working with global, federal and state health agencies to monitor the virus in order to protect residents, businesses and visitors.” The Mayor reiterates that the “risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 in San Francisco is low, as the virus is not circulating within our community.” The City of San Francisco has created fact sheets and frequently asked questions, which are available by visiting www.sfdph.org and www.sf72.org. Mayor Breed’s full letter to RSA Conference attendees can be read here.

 

In addition to following CDC recommendations like frequent hand washing, RSA Conference reminds attendees that other preventive measures have been put in place to help reduce the risk of infection. The Moscone Center is following recommendations in the US EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding the use of cleaning disinfectants effective against the coronavirus and CDC health screenings for qualified travelers arriving from international destinations at the San Francisco International Airport.  

 

The total number of exhibitors, including Verizon, that have canceled their participation as a sponsor or exhibitor is fourteen, including six from China; seven from the U.S.A.; and one from Canada. 

RSA Conference will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the WHO and is in close communication with the City of San Francisco to monitor all new developments pertaining to the Coronavirus.


February 20, 2020

We learned today that AT&T Cybersecurity made the decision to no longer participate in RSA Conference 2020 as a Gold Sponsor. We understand and respect their decision. RSA Conference is scheduled to open registration on Saturday, February 22 and our exhibitors have begun building their booths in preparation for the event.

 

Since our last update, the number of individuals, including those from AT&T Cybersecurity, who have canceled their registration is approximately 1.2 percent of the total number of expected attendees. We also feel that it is important to communicate an update regarding the nine companies from China signed up to exhibit at RSA Conference 2020. Of those nine companies, six have canceled due to travel restrictions. The remaining three exhibitors from China will be staffing their booth with individuals from the U.S.A. to maintain their presence at RSA Conference. The total number of exhibitors, including AT&T, that have canceled their participation as a sponsor or exhibitor is thirteen. As stated above, six of them are from China; six are from the U.S.A.; and one of them is from Canada. 

 

The CDC’s situation summary continues to report that the health risk from Coronavirus for the general American public is considered low. According to its Persons Under Investigation report, there are 15 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States and the City of San Francisco is reporting that there are zero confirmed cases in San Francisco. RSA Conference will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the WHO and is in close communication with the City of San Francisco to monitor all new developments pertaining to the Coronavirus.


February 14, 2020
We learned today that IBM has made the decision to no longer participate in RSA Conference 2020 as a Platinum Sponsor. We understand and respect their decision. RSA Conference is still planning to proceed as scheduled.

Since our last update, the number of individuals, including those from IBM, who have canceled their registration is approximately 0.79 percent of the total number of expected attendees. Also, the total number of exhibitors, including IBM, that have canceled their participation as a sponsor or exhibitor is eight. Six of them are from China; one of them is from the U.S.A.; and one of them is from Canada.

RSA Conference has also added several new health and safety measures for the event including:

  • Disinfecting registration counters and floors continuously throughout the day.
  • Offering disinfectant wipes at all check-in counters, in each session room for the speaker computers and microphones.
  • Adding hand sanitization stations and disinfectant wipes near each touch screen interactive campus map and wayfinding station.
  • Shuttle buses will be:
    • Adding hand sanitizer pumps on every bus.
    • Distributing sanitizing wipes at the shuttle information desk in the Moscone Center.
    • Wiping down all shuttle bus arm rests (four times per day)

As of today, approximately 82 percent of our current registered attendees are from the United States as are 82 percent of our exhibiting organizations. The travel restrictions implemented by the U.S. Government on January 31, 2020 remain in effect and according to the CDC’s latest situation summary, the health risk from Coronavirus for the general American public is considered low at this time. RSA Conference will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the WHO and is in close communication with the City of San Francisco to monitor all new developments pertaining to the Coronavirus.

 

February 12, 2020
The news reports today about other events have naturally raised questions and concerns from our community about whether RSA Conference will take place or be cancelled. RSA Conference plans to proceed as scheduled. 

Approximately 83 percent of our current registered attendees are from the United States as are 82 percent of our exhibiting organizations. The travel restrictions implemented by the U.S. Government on January 31, 2020 remain in effect and according to the CDC’s latest situation summary, the health risk from Coronavirus for the general American public is considered low at this time. RSA Conference will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the WHO and is in close communication with the City of San Francisco to monitor all new developments pertaining to the Coronavirus.

February 11, 2020
RSA Conference continues to monitor and assess new developments pertaining to the Novel Coronavirus originating in China. We want to keep our community up to date on the latest information regarding the situation and our approach to help keep our attendees healthy and safe.

We feel that it is important to communicate that there were nine companies from China signed up to exhibit at RSA Conference 2020. Of those nine companies, six have canceled due to travel restrictions. We’re reaching out to the remaining three companies to gain a better understanding of their unique situation and will update this communication with more details once we have additional clarity.

To-date, the number of individuals who have had to cancel their registration due to travel restrictions is approximately 0.2 percent of the total number of expected attendees. Among those individuals who have had to cancel, two were scheduled to speak at RSA Conference 2020. Again, we will continue to monitor the situation and will update this communication as appropriate.


February 7, 2020
RSA Conference continues to monitor and assess new developments pertaining to the Novel Coronavirus originating in China. The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our top priority. Below we’ve outlined important safety measures that we are putting in place now as well as important safety measures that will be in effect at RSA Conference 2020 in San Francisco. We will update this website page as needed.

Currently RSA Conference is:

  • Carefully following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Adhering to the travel restrictions and guidance of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Communicating with area hotels about their cleaning protocols and recommending they review the CDC and the WHO guidance.
  • Requesting that all attendees and exhibitors evaluate their own health and that of people they’re in close contact with and to contact RSA Conference if they have concerns about attending the Conference.
  • Encouraging attendees and exhibitors to follow the guidance of the CDC for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Additional Safety measures to be implemented at RSA Conference 2020:

  • The Moscone Center is expanding its normal flu season cleaning and disinfecting protocol to include:
    • The use of electro static sprayers to disinfect high-traffic areas.
    • Frequent wipe downs of all common touch areas each day including door knobs, lecterns, microphones, escalator hand rails, trash receptacles, elevator buttons, water stations, registration tables and in and around the bathroom areas.
    • An increase in hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus for public use.
    • Daily carpet sanitization in the Expo areas and added hand sanitizers located in each aisle.
  • Increased medical personnel to handle medical emergencies including a designated Safety Officer to oversee event medical operations.
  • Noticeable signage throughout the campus to direct attendees to First Aid stations should the need arise.


January 31, 2020

RSA Conference is paying close attention to new developments with the Novel Coronavirus originating in China. As of January 31, 2020, the US government has suspended Chinese foreign nationals’ entry into the United States if they have traveled to China within the last 14 days. At the same time, some US airlines are suspending all flights to and from mainland China. We encourage attendees to monitor this situation. RSA Conference will be communicating with and supporting all those unable to attend because of these mandated travel restrictions.


January 26, 2020

RSA Conference is paying close attention to new developments with the Novel Coronavirus originating in China. We’re following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and we’re taking proactive steps, like adding hand sanitizer stations throughout the Moscone Center,  to help reduce health risks at the event. We encourage attendees to monitor the CDC website for additional information, and review and follow the WHO's Travel Advice as they make their way to San Francisco, as well as its recommendations for protecting themselves from an infection.