COMNET Conference & Expo Signs On Network World as Educational Partner; Network World to Develop Conference Content for the Event

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 2, 2001 – IDG World Expo announced today that COMNET Conference & Expo will feature conference and keynote content developed by Network World, the leading network news publication for IT professionals. Network World, an IDG publication, is the official Educational Partner of COMNET Conference & Expo, scheduled for January 28-31, 2002 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Widely recognized as the leading publication for network professionals and service providers, Network World will bring valuable insight to the development of COMNET's conference program. Attendees will benefit from Network World's unsurpassed expertise in the networking industry and in-depth knowledge of the latest technology trends, markets, companies and products.

"This partnership is a great fit for both Network World and COMNET," said John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World, Inc. "We're excited to apply our expertise in producing seminars and events to develop the conference program for next year's event. 2002 is going to be an interesting year for network professionals and service providers, and attendees will be looking to COMNET for help in sorting out the equipment, application and services landscape."

"As a member of the IDG family, we are fortunate to have the vast resources of IDG's publications and IDC industry research available to us as we develop our events," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "With the help of Network World, we have redesigned the COMNET conference program to address the topics most important to communication networking professionals. Anyone who wants to be on the leading edge of this industry will attend COMNET in January."

Network World will recruit executives of leading technology companies, analysts, consultants and best practice end users to speak at COMNET. The COMNET conference program will educate attendees on strategies to build stronger and more secure networks. Sessions will include recommendations of products and services that will deliver a clear return on investment to enterprise end users.

Conference program topics will focus on network optimization, voice- and video-over IP, security and virus protection, optical networks, wireless infrastructure and federal regulatory issues. The conference program will also provide insight into strategies for implementing enterprise applications and alternative IT delivery models.

"COMNET will offer attendees hands-on demonstrations of the latest products and services, valuable educational content, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of events for IDG World Expo. "Our exhibitors and attendees are particularly enthusiastic about the tradeshow format as an economical, efficient way to bring together a marketplace under one roof."

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network Leaders and enables e-business through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading

newsweekly, NetworkWorld, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (http://www.nwfusion), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://www.idgworldexpo.com) produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, COMNET Wireless Conference & Expo, Federal Open Source Conference, ESPWorld, Enterprise Application Summit, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and Internet Entertainment Expo (IEX). IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences, and expositions.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 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 (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites 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 http://www.idg.com.