Comment, Critique And Debate On Security And Open Source Implementations At LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 30, 2007 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events, today announced that LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM) will address a myriad of security issues as they relate to open source implementations. Attendees will learn how to lock down their Linux and open source environment with proven, practical techniques delivered straight from the experts at this unique one-of-a-kind event. The OpenSolutions Summit is scheduled to take place February 14-15, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Kicking off the event with a discussion on security is internationally-renowned security technologist and author Bruce Schneier, who will deliver the opening keynote address on Wednesday, February 14th at 9:00 a.m. Schneier's presentation, entitled "The Economics of Information Security," addresses the hot and rapidly growing field of research focusing on economics and computer security.

"Security is both a feeling and a reality, and they're very different. I have long derided security that makes people feel better without actually doing anything as security theater, but the reality is much more complicated," said Bruce Schneier. "People make bad trade-offs when their security feeling and security reality are out of whack. Security theater is a way to bring those two into alignment."

Another highlight from Wednesday's Security track is a case study, "Searching For Security," presented by Heather Adkins, Manager, Information Security, Google. With over 9000 employees and web properties that extend to 468 million people, Google's need for network safety and customer privacy is one of its key focuses. How does Google use open source technology to find unique solutions to these challenges? Join Heather as she delves into Google's approach to these challenges and discusses some of the areas where open source software needs to improve.

"Open source software is a definite asset when combating security problems," said Heather Adkins. "We know how open source software works, we know how to patch it, and we have more ways to make it safer than with most of our other options."

Providing insight on security from a unique perspective is Scott Granneman, columnist for Security Focus and Linux Magazine. Scott's presentation, entitled "The Practical Side of Security: Lessons Learned as a SecurityFocus Columnist," will address common problems and practical solutions to the security woes affecting us all. In particular, how to educate users who don't want to be educated.

Additional panels and presentations scheduled throughout the two-day event include:

— "Is Compromise Inevitable? How Can Your Enterprise Survive?" Presented by Jonathan P. Clemens, Manager, Enterprise Security Oversight, Intel Corporation.

— "Open Source Linux Solutions in DoD Network Installations: Managing the Risks, Maximizing the Rewards," presented by Bill Kalogeros, Federal Manager, Bivio Networks, and Capt. (Ret.) Jefferey Jamie, Department of Defense.

— Case Study: "Fair Isaac: Using Open Source Tools for Regulatory Compliance…And how to make your auditors accept it," presented by Jeremiah Cruit-Salzberg, Security Architect, Fair Isaac Corp.

— "Mistakes to Lure Hackers: Vulnerability 2.0," presented by Matt Fisher, Senior Security Engineer, Spi Dynamics.

— "Identity and Web Services Federation in a Linux Environment," moderated by David Cafaro, Systems Analyst, Advanced Research Computing, Georgetown University, with speakers Gianluca Brigandi, Founder and System Architect of the JOSSO Project, JOSSO (Java Open Single Sign-On) Project; Anthony Nadalin, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Security Architect, IBM Corporation; and Terry Sigle, Identity Architect, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

For the complete schedule and descriptions of Security sessions at LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit, please visit:

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference that addresses the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. Attendees can register at . Conference passes are available for $995 and Sponsor Showcase passes are available at no cost to qualified attendees.

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LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference tailored specifically to the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks for the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and retail markets. For more information visit . For sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or

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