Economic worries slow security efforts

Tuesday, 15 April 2003, 3:23 AM EST

Better attendance and more exhibitors than last year are evident at the annual RSA conference on security here this week, demonstrating the priority of this topic.

The show's exhibit floor is fully booked and more than 10,000 attendees are expected on Monday, the show's first full day, according to Jim Bidzos, conference chair.

Despite that fact, an uncertain economic climate and difficult technology spending market are the "big news" at this year's RSA Conference, he said.

"Uncertainty has caused people to be cautious and spend less--even on security projects. The question is, how long will it take people to get used to that and not be bothered by the uncertainty? We're not there yet," Bidzos said.

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