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Major Security and Business Leaders to Present New Ideas at The Security Standard Conference

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The second annual The Security Standard conference will feature an outstanding roster of speakers presenting the best new thinking around network and information security. The goal of the conference is to educate attendees about current and predicted threats to corporate security and develop effective strategies to combat these threats. The co-chairs of the conference, Bob Bragdon of CSO magazine and John Gallant of Network World, accomplish this goal by bringing together leading strategists, new research, and an audience of IT and corporate decision-makers to hash out the building blocks for a strong and secure enterprise.

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., June 12 /PRNewswire/ — The second annual The Security Standard conference will feature an outstanding roster of speakers presenting the best new thinking around network and information security. The goal of the conference is to educate attendees about current and predicted threats to corporate security and develop effective strategies to combat these threats. The co-chairs of the conference, Bob Bragdon of CSO magazine and John Gallant of Network World, accomplish this goal by bringing together leading strategists, new research, and an audience of IT and corporate decision-makers to hash out the building blocks for a strong and secure enterprise.

The Security Standard conference will take place September 10-11, 2007 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.

Key speakers will include: * Lane Boyd, Director, Information Technology Audit at McDonald's, and Mike Garber, Director, IT Assurance Management at Motorola Information Protection Services, discussing the role of audit in ensuring compliance and preparing for tomorrow. * Renee Guttman, VP of Information Security at Time Inc., will detail strategies for creating a strong culture of security in the MySpace era. * Andy Ellis, senior director of Information Security and chief security architect at Akamai, and Thor Geir Ramleth, SVP and CIO at Bechtel Group Inc., will look at the culture of security and how best to work with employees and consumers to mitigate risk. * Eric Johnson, principal investigator with the I3P and director of Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies & Professor of Operations Management, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, discussing how the psychology of risk can warp security investments and strategies. * David Escalante, director of computer policy & security at Boston College, and Richard Stiennon, CMO of Fortinet, discussing the steps for effectively responding to data breaches. * Deborah L. Allen, CPP and director of product stewardship and security at PotashCorp, Edward R. McNicholas, partner at Sidley Austin LLP, and William Phillips, CSO of CNA Insurance, on navigating the legal/regulatory landscape facing organizations today. * Stephen Hanna, co-chair, The Trusted Network Connect Work Group, The Trusted Computing Group & Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks, Inc., with an update on network access control. * Nick Selby, senior analyst & director in the Enterprise Security Practice at The 451 Group, discussing IP and data leakage protection strategies. * William Boni, corporate vice president for Information Security and Protection at Motorola, on managing the unique challenges of open source security. * Catherine A. Allen, Chairman and CEO, The Santa Fe Group, and Michael Assante, infrastructure protection strategist/business manager for Idaho National Laboratory (INL), National & Homeland Security, and John G. Voeller, senior analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will detail our national security protection progress in the six years since 9/11.

Additionally, there will be two keynote addresses. A special Thought Leaders' Roundtable on Sept. 10 will feature Cisco's top security pros discussing the changing threat landscape. The roundtable participants will include Cisco executives Richard Palmer, senior vice president of the security technology group; Jeff Platon, vice president and CMO of the security and application networking group; and Scott Weiss, co-founder and CEO of IronPort Systems. On Sept. 11, Scott Charney, corporate vice president of the Trustworthy Computing Group at Microsoft Corp., will participate in an onstage interview with event co-chair John Gallant to discuss Microsoft's efforts to help provide a more secure and reliable online experience for customers, as well as its progress to help organizations address current security and privacy issues.

"Unfortunately for us, security is not a static issue," said Bragdon, publisher of CSO magazine, "nor can it be confined to a national problem. Data leaks, computer viruses, and increasingly sophisticated phishing threats have become a constant, if ever changing, target for businesses to battle. The Security Standard will help attendees understand the current security landscape and develop methods for protecting their corporations."

"The Security Standard conference was designed for IT and business decision makers who work in a wide variety of industries," said Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World. "We have hand-picked speakers that mirror our diverse attending audience and have expertise and real-world experiences that will bring tremendous value to the security discussion."

Over the last year, The Security Standard producers hosted a series of networking dinners in various cities across the country. The dinners were a popular forum for peers to meet and discuss critical security issues facing IT executives. During The Security Standard conference, there will be a culminating dinner that continues the tradition of the dinner series. Attendees from the dinner series and other luminaries will act as moderators during the event and conference attendees will discuss hot topics in a fabulous networking opportunity that will allow them to share best practices with their fellow executives and exchange insights on the most pressing issues. Following the conference, notes from these table discussions will be compiled and sent to all The Security Standard attendees.

Attend The Security Standard

Attendance at The Security Standard is limited to qualified senior security professionals. Registration is limited to the first 500 qualified applicants. Designed for top business and technology executives from a wide range of industries, The Security Standard will cultivate dialogue amongst key security decision makers that will strengthen policies and protocols against malicious activity. To request more information on attending The Security Standard conference, visit http://www.thesecuritystandard.net. Companies interested in sponsoring The Security Standard may contact Andrea D'Amato at adamato@nww.com.

The Security Standard is an IDG Executive Forums event produced with the support and editorial expertise of the IDG brands CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World. Together, these brands provide direct access to an extensive audience of over five million business and technology decision makers.

About The Security Standard

The Security Standard takes a fresh approach to the critical enterprise- wide topic of security, bringing together an intimate and exclusive audience of senior decision makers — from both corporate and IT management — to drill down into the most pressing business challenges surrounding information security. With high-profile keynotes, unique industry perspectives and an open dialogue running throughout the event between the decision makers in the audience and the visionaries on stage, The Security Standard will provide the audience with a strategic foundation on which to build current and future action plans for business security. The Security Standard will run as a single-track educational conference with an intimate 30 sponsor pavilion. Produced by IDG Executive Forums, the conference draws on the strengths of IDG's top U.S. business brands: CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld and Network World. For more information, visit http://www.thesecuritystandard.net.

About the Co-Chairs

Bob Bragdon, Publisher of CSO magazine, and John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World, are the co-executive producers of The Security Standard and responsible for leading the event's steering committee and determining the conference agenda. Both leaders bring a wealth of security knowledge and experience to their respective roles. As publisher of CSO (chief security officer) magazine, the world's leading information resources for security executives, Bragdon works closely with industry vendors, enterprise security executives, government officials and law enforcement agencies in identifying and addressing the challenges of today's complex security and risk management environments. Bragdon is a member of the ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security).

Under Gallant's executive direction, Network World has been a leader in covering the emergence of networking in corporate America and has become the newspaper of record in the network industry. Gallant has positioned Network World as a true service publication for network IS professionals, providing technology and business news along with a wealth of insight, opinion and analysis designed to help readers manage not only their networks and network- based applications, but their growing budgets and staff.

Sponsors

Principal sponsors for the event are Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Global Security Management and Symantec are Platinum sponsors. Gold sponsors include Enterasys Networks, Finjan, Qualys, Inc. and WebSense, Inc. Event partners include the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) and the Information Security Forum (ISF).

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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