(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp’s (IBM.N) on Friday said that it had cancelled its participation at the RSA cyber security conference, by a corona virus-related problems.
FILE PHOTO: A man stands in the vicinity of an IBM logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 25, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Photo File
“The health of the IBMers, it is our primary concern if we are to continue to monitor the future events, and travel for, in comparison with the Novel corona virus (COVID-19)”, the company said in a tweet on here
The event, which is scheduled for release in February. 24 to 28 in San Francisco, california.
RSA said in a statement that it was going to be, as planned, in spite of IBM’s decision to no longer take part in the conference as a Platinum Sponsor.
The number of people, including those from IBM, that their registration be cancelled, it is about 0.79% of the total number of participants, the RSA said.
The total number of exhibitors, including IBM, have cancelled their participation as a sponsor or an exhibitor, is set to eight, six of them from China, which is one of the United States of america, and one each from Canada, the RSA is added to it.
Earlier in the day, Facebook Inc (FB.(O) said that it had been cancelled for the global marketing summit, scheduled for next month in San Francisco by a corona virus-related risks.
The Mobile World Congress (MWC), an annual telecom-industry gathering in Barcelona, was cancelled after a mass exodus by the exhibitors at the corona virus fears.
The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 66,000 people on the Chinese mainland.
Reporting Arundhati sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis