RSA Conference 2020 Expands Education Programs

Bedford, MA – Feb 11, 2020

RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, today announced the addition of the RSAC Security Scholars Poster Pitch-Off to its RSAC AdvancedU programming. RSAC AdvancedU is a series of programs that provides outreach to college students to introduce and encourage a career in cybersecurity and supports education throughout the various stages of a career within the industry.

Taking place on Thursday, February 27, the RSAC Security Scholars Poster Pitch-Off gives three chosen RSAC Security Scholars five minutes to pitch their cutting-edge research to a panel of industry veterans, including General (Ret.) Keith Alexander, founder and co-CEO of IronNet; Ann Johnson, corporate vice president of Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Microsoft Corp.; and Ben Jun, CEO of HVF Labs. After a question-and-answer round, the experts will provide feedback on how to make the topics more relevant to different perspectives and industries across public and private sectors. Theresa Payton, CEO and President of Fortalice Solutions LLC, will host the event.

RSA Conference selected the following three RSAC Security Scholars out of a pool of 80 scholars from 40 participating schools to present in the pitch-off (in alphabetical order):

  • Aadesh Bagmar, University of Maryland, College Park: The Python ecosystem is messed up and here’s why…
  • Michael Hanling, US Naval Academy: Proofs of Retrievability with Low Server Storage
  • Evgeny Manzhosov, Columbia University: PAIRS: Control Flow Protection Using Phantom Addressed Instructions

“RSAC always brings together the most creative young minds and the smartest industry veterans to collaborate on ideas and shape the future of cybersecurity,” said Payton. “Motivating young talent is so important, especially with the shortage of qualified candidates for cybersecurity jobs. I’m looking forward to taking part in the new RSAC Security Scholars Poster Pitch-Off to witness next-gen and current leaders share perspectives that will ultimately drive the industry ahead.”

Additional AdvancedU programs include College Day, which is expected to welcome over 1000 students, recent graduates, and faculty from leading universities to attend Conference sessions and experience the expo as well as dedicated education events, including a breakfast panel with sponsors, a job fair and resume writing workshop where HR representatives from sponsoring companies share invaluable feedback on how to best present skills to potential employers.

Each year, RSA Conference also partners with internationally recognized accreditation organizations to give attendees at all stages of their careers, the opportunity to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits by participating in certain sessions and tutorials.

“According to Cybersecurity Ventures, 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will remain unfilled around the world by 2021. At the same time, cyber threats are more prominent than ever, and enemies show no signs of slowing down,” said Linda Gray Martin, Senior Director and General Manager, RSA Conference. “The education programs at RSA Conference aim to bridge this skills gap by providing resources that can advance careers. For students, startups and industry legends alike, the education and connections made at RSA Conference will spark innovation in the field for years to come.”

For more information regarding RSA Conference 2020, taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from February 24-28, visit

About RSA Conference
RSA Conference is the premier series of global events and on-demand programs where the world talks security and leadership gathers, advances and emerges. Whether attending in the US, the EMEA region, the Asia-Pacific region or online, RSA Conference events are where the security industry converges to discuss current and future concerns and get access to the people, content and ideas that help enable individuals and companies to win, grow and do their best. It’s about bringing all people in the cybersecurity industry together and empowering the collective “we” of the cybersecurity industry to stand against cyberthreats around the world. RSA Conference is the ultimate marketplace for the latest technologies and hands-on educational opportunities that help industry professionals discover how to make their companies more secure while showcasing the most enterprising, influential and thought-provoking thinkers and leaders in security today. For information on events, online programming and the most up-to-date news pertaining to the cybersecurity industry visit

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Sydney Huffman
SHIFT Communications
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