Coronavirus: More Companies Backing Out of Conferences
AT&T Cybersecurity and Verizon have decided not to attend the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, citing concerns about the coronavirus. IBM announced its decision not to attend RSA on February 15. The conference is taking place this week as scheduled. Sony and Facebook's Oculus have pulled out of the Game Developer Conference scheduled for March 16-20 in San Francisco. Coronavirus worries have already caused the cancellation of the World Mobile Congress that was to have taken place in in Barcelona February 24-27. Black Hat Asia 2020 has been postponed to fall 2020, and Cisco has cancelled its Cisco Live! Conference that was scheduled to be held in Melbourne, Australia early next month.
The best advice comes from the WHO and CDC regarding the Coronavirus ad should be incorporated in making a decision relating to attending or hosting an event.
William Hugh Murray
The increasing spread of the Coronavirus is a great opportunity for companies to revise their Business Continuity Plans (BCPs). Too often BCPs focus on the IT aspect of an interruption to business and not on the human element. Getting senior management to understand the impact of large numbers of staff being quarantined or out of work sick can help get the buy-in required for the non-IT element of BCPs. The Irish government has published an excellent guide for companies to deal with an influenza outbreak which can be adapted for use with the Coronavirus https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2f5d5f-business-continuity-planning-checklist-of-preparatory-actions-in-res/: Business Continuity Planning - Checklist of Preparatory Actions in Responding to an Influenza Outbreak