Business Leaders Respond to U.S. National Security Plan at Unique CIO Magazine and DARWIN Magazine Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 20, 2001- The Internet Security Policy Forum II, convened by IDG's CIO and Darwin magazines, will unveil Fortune 500 business leaders' reaction and subsequent action steps to the US Government's National Plan for protecting US critical infrastructures. (The National Plan, created during the Clinton Administration and being reviewed by the Bush Administration, outlines the US government's strategy for protecting critical infrastructure networks from disruption and attack.)

 

The March 22nd forum marks the culmination of a three-day meeting of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security (PCIS), organized by the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ken Watson (Chairman of the PCIS National Plan Working Group and Manager of Critical Infrastructure Assurance for Cisco Systems, Inc.) will report on industry's response to the Federal government's invitation to dialogue on critical infrastructure security. The findings will be revealed during an open interactive panel discussion moderated by Arthur Miller, Harvard Law Professor and former legal correspondent for ABC-TV's Good Morning America. Howard Schmidt, Chief Security Officer of Microsoft and a board member of the PCIS will also participate.

Jim McNulty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and Michael Cangemi, President & COO, Etienne Aigner, Inc. and Editor in Chief of Information Systems Control Journal will sit on the panel, comprised of government and business leaders. Other panelists include Craig Goldberg, President & CEO of Internet Trading Technologies (owned by one of the largest specialist brokerages for trading on NYSE); and Sandra F. Long, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). (Long serves on the board for several organizations, including Saval Foods, Projected Reality, Inc., The University of Maryland Baltimore County Research Park, The Maryland Commission for Women and the Girl Scouts of Maryland.)

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, will deliver the keynote address prior to the panel discussion. Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) will deliver closing remarks.

Internet Security Forum II: "Understanding Risk and U.S. Economic Security" is hosted by IDG's CIO and Darwin magazines, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO). Taking place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the forum will be webcast live on cio.com/webcast and darwinmag.com/webcast.

Internet Security Policy Forum II Agenda:

8:00am: Press Registration

8:40am: Keynote Address by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, U.S. National Security Advisor

9:00am: Panel Discussion

10:30am: Press Availability with Select Speakers

About CIO and Darwin Magazines:

CIO magazine (launched in 1987) and Darwin magazine are published by CXO Media Inc. CXO Media serves CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business. The company strives to enhance partnerships between C-level executives, as well as create opportunities for information technology (IT) and consumer marketers to reach them. In addition to publishing CIO and Darwin, CXO Media produces www.cio.com, The CIO Insider and www.darwinmagazine.com, as well as CIO and Darwin Executive Programs, a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government leaders.

CXO Media Inc. is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted websites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

About The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO):

The CIAO was created in response to Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63) in May 1998. CIAO's basic mission, as articulated in PDD-63, is to coordinate national planning activities related to critical infrastructure protection; develop awareness in the private and public sectors for establishing sound security practices; and support the development of a public-private partnership through educational outreach and other related activities. The program focuses on the assurance of our critical infrastructures such as energy, financial, telecommunications, transportation and water systems, continuity of government, and emergency services such as medical, police, fire and rescue. The CIAO is assigned to the U.S. Department of Commerce and information is available at www.ciao.gov.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For press credentials to Internet Security Forum II, call Karen Fogerty at 508.935.4091 (office) or 508.254.9285 (mobile). Information on new panelists and speakers regularly updated at www.cio.com/webcast and www.darwinmag.com/webcast.

 

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