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The RSA Conference and Expo 2009 is slated to be held April 20-24 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Among the events scheduled at this cybersecurity event is a keynote on April 22 by Melissa Hathaway, Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace for the National Security Council (NSC) and Homeland Security Council, in which she will provide details about the Obama administration's 60-day comprehensive review to assess U.S. cyberspace policies and structures.

Other conference speakers will include John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems; Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing, Engineering Excellence and Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft; Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys; Arthur W. Coviello Jr., Executive Vice President of EMC and President of RSA (the Security Division of EMC); Dave DeWalt, Chief Executive Officer and President of McAfee; Dave Hansen, Corporate Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security Management Business Unit, CA; Enrique T. Salem, Chief Operating Officer and CEO-designate of Symantec; and Brian Smith, Chief Architect at TippingPoint.

Sessions at the conference will features such topics as "Securing Tamper Resistant Devices--Introduction to Timing Attacks, SPA, and DPA," "Building an Enterprise-Strength Identity & Access Management Architecture," "The Evolution of Authentication," and "Smart Cards and Information Technology."

This year, the conference will also feature its inaugural Innovation Sandbox event, a half-day interactive program devoted to highlighting technological breakthroughs and solutions that are designed to help security practitioners tackle emerging security issues facing the industry.

Each year, the RSA Conference is built around a different theme highlighting a significant historical example of information security. In 2009, the influence of Edgar Allan Poe is the theme. Poe was fascinated by cryptography, which he often treated in his journalism and fiction. He concealed anagrams and hidden messages in his own poems. His famous story The Gold Bug centers on the solution of a cipher, which turns out to be a map to hidden private treasure.

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