It's rare that I write here on the weekend, but I just got word that the Security B-Sides event in San Francisco is in danger. This is my plea to the RSA Conference organizers to let this event proceed.\tLet's start with the following message from the BSidesSF team, and then I'll tell you what I think.\tBSides San Francisco is actively looking for (non-RSA participating) sponsors to help make sure the event goes on!\u00a0\tBSidesSF is an event that happens alongside RSA Conference in San Francisco.\u00a0 We have booked out a Children's Museum as the venue, selected speakers, and signed up sponsors.\u00a0\tWe received an initially overwhelming response from sponsors but were notified that contractually companies that sponsor RSA cannot sponsor another event in a 5 mile radius.@RSAConference on twitter or emailing your personal contacts.\t\tIf RSA enforces this contract with their sponsors we could lose 90% of sponsorship dollars. This means that the potentially 500 attendees registered for BSidesSF (juxtaposed against a probable 15,000 at RSA) may not have an event in a few weeks.\tIn past years RSA has permitted sponsors a waiver enabling them to support both the corporate and community side of security. This year may be the last for that waiver and threatens to end the event attended by many community participants.\tPlease help us by lobbying RSA to permit the waiver once again. I know RSA wants to support BSides and the community. Let them know how you feel at \tAlso, all RSA booths are sold out meaning other security companies may not be able to participate due to space limitations. They may want to sponsor BSidesSF and target their sponsorship dollars at community participants in a more intimate setting who they can meet and mingle with directly.\u00a0\tPlease refer such sponsors to email@example.com or grab a sponsorship kit here:https:\/\/dl.dropbox.com\/u\/3431052\/BSides%20Sponsorship%20Kit_BSIDESSF2012.pdf\t\tThis\u00a0is an important event, in my opinion. In fact, it's one of the things that made the annual trek to RSA worth it again.\tThe more laid-back, free-form BSidesSF\u00a0offered content you can't find at RSA. That's no criticism of RSA. That event is what it is -- a very vendor-driven attraction. That's perfectly fine. But the more user oriented side has always been something people wanted more of. BSidesSF provides that.\tIt hasn't hurt RSA one bit. People who attend BSides\u00a0also attend RSA, myself included. The two together are the\u00a0Yin and yang. Together they bring balance to a very important week in the security community.\tI'm not sure why RSA is thinking about pulling the waiver this year. I don't care why, to be honest.\tAll I know and care about is that RSA would be making a big mistake by squashing BSidesSF. When you take choices away from conference goers, there's less reason to pay for a plane ticket and hotel room for the main attraction.\tDon't let it happen. Please and thank you.