Thank you for your interest in attending International Cryptographic Module Conference, taking place May 18-20 at the Shaw Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. Things are shaping up to be a fantastic event filled with deep technical content along with topics that address today’s most pressing questions on commercial cryptography – all delivered by the world’s best and brightest across the industry.

We often receive requests for a business justification letter from our attendees. Below is a letter template you can use to help justify your attendance at ICMC. Simply copy and paste the document into an email or word document and fill in the highlighted portions. This will outline the value that attending ICMC provides not just you as an information technology professional, but your entire organization.

Subject: Request to Attend International Cryptographic Module Conference

Dear [Decision Maker Name],

The International Cryptographic Module Conference will take place May 16-19 in Washington, DC. ICMC offers three full days of educational training from experienced industry practitioners, and one day of pre-conference intensive workshops. It is widely regarded as a leading forum for commercial cryptography. Therefore I would like to request approval to attend, as I believe it will further develop my technical skills, and build knowledge around new security innovations and shared best practices.

The conference (https://icmconference.org) offers comprehensive, cutting-edge educational sessions presented by leading industry speakers. It covers a number of critical security issues and emerging concepts facing our organization.

If I attend I’ll receive:

  1. Over 25 hours of learning in keynote presentation, discussion panels, track sessions, and intensive workshops. This year’s program includes session presentations touching on several important topics for us. There are over 60 sessions covering a wide variety of topics – for example: [Choose the topics that fit your needs: Certification Programs, General Technology, Advanced Technology, CMVP Program, FIPS 140, Side Channel Analysis, Fault Injection, Firmware Hacking, Cryptography, NIST, NIAP, User Experience, Open Source Crypto, Crypto Policy other topics at https://icmconference.org]
  2. I’ll also have the chance to understand the latest trends from industry leaders and guest speakers including executives from Microsoft, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, UL, Leidos, Intel, atsec, CGI, Oracle, and more. This year, keynote speakers include leaders from industry and government [Choose speakers that fit your needs at https://icmconference.org]
  3. Over 7 hours of high level networking. Throughout the course of the four days there’s time dedicated to networking, plus special events, so I’ll have a chance to raise our profile and develop our relationships and contacts.
  4. Access to key sponsors. I’ll have access to product demos and get 1-to-1 face time with technology and service providers. Of specific interest to us are: [Choose the most relevant to your organization at http://icmconference.org/?fp_type=sponsor].

Costs

Travel costs $XXX
Accommodation (3 nights at $259/night*) $777*
Meals (4 days at $XXX) $XXX
Conference Registration (for 4 days) $660†
Total cost to attend: $XXX

*ICMC has specially negotiated hotel rates of $259/night at the conference hotel. †This registration rate is discounted providing I register before April 4.

Payback: Our ROI

I believe the insights learned by attending ICMC will keep us ahead of the market and help us to work more efficiently. The cost of registration seems a small price to pay for actionable intelligence to help us move forward on important business initiatives.

When I return from ICMC, I will compile a short presentation covering speakers presentation notes, useful vendor product information, new contacts made and a proposal for implementing new ideas that will benefit our team. I will also make conference materials available to my colleagues.

To benefit from the current discount I need to register before April 4, so I appreciate a quick response. Thank you for your consideration.

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