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RSA Conference 2011 Preview

The major theme of this year's RSA Conference is, guess what, security. This is the largest security show of the year, and its clearly a big deal, since it covers both sides of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, preparations are still being made. The show officially opens at 6 p.m., when the doors are thrown open to the Exhibit Hall. And yes, as was noted on various social media outlets, only a security geek show would be scheduled on Valentine's day.

This is the 20th year of the RSA conference, and that appears to be one of the principal themes. The tunnel between the North and South side of Moscone has a 50 foot long graphic on the history of computer security and cryptography. The latter being important, since this is core to the founding company RSA, which stood for Rivest, Shamir and Adleman, three mathematicians who developer a popular public-key cryptography algorithm first published in 1978 (if Wikipedia is to be believed).

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.