An engineer who attended the annual RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco last month (February 2020) has tested positive for the coronavirus and is seriously ill with respiratory issues.
One of the workers at Exabeam Inc. may be a 45-year-old engineer who began experiencing symptoms when he returned home to Connecticut from California on Feb. 28 after attending the RSA cybersecurity conference, his wife said in an email.
His condition deteriorated the subsequent week and he was hospitalized in respiratory distress on March 6, she said. the person was placed into a medically induced coma and is now on a ventilator in “guarded condition.”
The annual RSA Conference in San Francisco is among the leading cybersecurity events in North America, rivalled only by BlackHat in Las Vegas.
The event was held Feb 24 to Feb 28 and conference organisers said it drew quite 36,000 participants, including dozens of keynote presentations in auditoriums full of company executives, officialdom and journalists.
RSA issued a press release confirming the news that two conference attendees had been diagnosed with the virus, but didn’t immediately explain if it might be investigating their interactions.
Currently, there’s not a known direct link or official administration communicating back to RSA Conference that these individuals had symptoms at Conference or attended during the period,” RSA organizers said within the statement. More than 117,000 cases of the illness are reported worldwide since its origin within the Chinese city of Wuhan at the top of December. The viral disease has spread to 104 countries and regions and so far caused 3,978 deaths, consistent with data compiled by Bloomberg.
California, Washington and NY have quite 100 confirmed cases of the disease, the foremost within the U.S, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.