Security conference effectively bans booth babes from its show floor

The issue of booth babesscantily clad people attempting to lure unsuspecting buyers towards second-rate products — has once again reared its head within the industry. This time out, cryptography and information security gathering RSA has effectively banned them, mandating that all attendees will wear clothing that’s appropriate for a professional environment. According to a statement released to TechTarget, people will be unable to display “excessive cleavage,” and won’t be able to wear tank tops, tube tops, miniskirts or minidresses. RSA go on to say that any scantily dressed people found on the show floor would be asked to put on a sweater or leave.

The move is designed to make the conference a safer space for women, not to mention preventing the event from looking like a strip club. One female attendee, CipherCloud’s Lise Feng, told NBC Bay Area that it was uncomfortable when she’s previously been approached by men asking if she’s the company’s booth babe. It’s a fine line that the tech industry has to tread, ensuring that women aren’t treated as commodities while avoiding becoming a self-appointed police upon people’s fashion choices. Even better is that your (male) IT chief’s next security purchasing decision will be made with the brain they keep in their skull rather than… ya’ know.

Filed under:

Comments

Source: NBC Bay Area, RSA

Source: Engadget - Read the full article here

Author: Daily Tech Whip

This article is part of our 'News Tiles' service. The site is currently in Beta. When it is fully operational you will be able to search through and arrange the 'Tiles' to display a keyword, product or technology over your chosen time period. For example you would be able to display all of the leading tech articles on the new Kindle Fire, in one spot in real time. You will also have access to our own original reporting and analysis as well as a polished place to post your own thoughts & reviews here, amongst the Daily Tech Whip Community. Please let us know if you have any feedback via the contact form or via Twitter. Don't forget to come back next week and see our full site and claim your name and your own free tech blog.

Share This Post On