Nomination Deadline Extended to January 15th for Seventh Annual RSA(R) Conference Awards

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   Jan. 6, 2004

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 Nomination Deadline Extended to January 15th for Seventh Annual RSA(R)
Conference Awards

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               Exceptional Contributions Recognized in Areas of
              Mathematics, Public Policy and Security Practices

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Organizers of RSA(R)
Conference, the world's leading e-security event, announced today that the
nomination deadline for the seventh annual RSA Conference Awards has been
extended to January 15, 2004. The awards recognize individuals and
organizations that make significant and ongoing contributions to the
advancement of electronic security. One winner will be honored in each of
three categories: Mathematics, Public Policy and Security Practices, at the
13th annual RSA Conference in February 2004.
    "As security breaches and viruses grow at an exponential rate, the RSA
Conference Awards honor individuals and companies that have helped advance the
world of security," said Sandra Toms LaPedis, area vice president and general
manager, RSA Conference. "Today, critical security gaps remain within
corporate firewalls and identity theft costs are expected to triple this year
alone. With facts like this, it's important for the RSA Conference to
highlight best-practice examples for others to follow."
    Nomination forms are available at
Award winners will be announced at RSA Conference 2004 to be held
February 23-27, 2004 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. The selection
committee comprises members of the industry, academic community and public

    Criteria for each award category are as follows:

     -- The RSA Conference Award for Mathematics is designed to recognize
        innovation and ongoing contribution to the field of cryptography. The
        committee seeks to reward nominees who are pioneers in their field and
        whose work has applied lasting value. Nominees should be affiliated
        with universities or research laboratories.

     -- The RSA Conference Award for Public Policy is designed to recognize
        significant contribution and leadership in the national cryptography
        or electronic security policy discussion.  The committee seeks to
        reward nominees who hold elected or appointed office, are associated
        with public interest organizations or associated with an organization
        that has significantly contributed to (the application of) current
        privacy policy.

     -- The RSA Conference Award for Security Practices is designed to
        recognize outstanding contributions in commercial applications of
        cryptography -- particularly those that provide clear value to the end
        user, or recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of security
        within an organization. The committee seeks to reward nominees in this
        category who have demonstrated ongoing innovation in their
        technologies, products and/or electronic security practices.

    Recipients of last year's awards included:  Mathematics, Dr. Mihir Bellare
and Dr. Phillip Rogaway, who have researched cryptography for more than a
decade and co-developed the "random oracle" model, which is used as the
primary paradigm for reasoning about the properties of cryptographic methods;
Public Policy, Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), who introduced -- and
helped enact -- legislation aimed at improving the nation's cyber security;
and Security Practices, Herman Miller Inc., which rolled out a centrally
managed, policy enforced endpoint security software to 900 remote users

    About the RSA Conference
    Now in its 13th year, 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 one of the industry's premier e-security and cryptography
events.  Later in the year, RSA Conference 2004 continues in Japan and in
Europe.  For more information, visit

    RSA is a registered trademark or trademark of RSA Security Inc. in the
United States and/or other countries.  All other products and services
mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

     Media Contact:
     Tamara Burnett
     McGrath Power
     tamarab at

     Sponsor & Exhibit Contact:
     Wendy Anderson
     Nth Degree
     wanderson at

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