Exceptional Line-Up of Key Speakers and Thought Leaders to Present at IDC’s 2nd Annual Security Forum

FRAMINGHAM, MA – September 14, 2005 – Expanded in its second year to include two dedicated tracks around Infrastructure Security and Security and Business Continuity, IDC is pleased to feature a diverse mix of key speakers at the 2nd Annual IDC Security Forum East, taking place Sept. 19th in New York City at the Millennium Broadway Hotel.

The speaker lineup includes business executives who will share their first-hand experiences, as well as industry experts and IDC analysts:

— Christine Adams, Director, Chemical Sector Cybersecurity Program, Dow Chemical Company

— Bob Bragdon, Publisher, CSO Magazine

— John Edwards, Director of IT, Millennium Hotels

— Joe Granneman, Manager of Networking & Data Security & HIPPA Security Officer, Rockford Health Systems

— Abner Germanow, Enterprise Networking Manager, IDC

— Dave Jevans, Chairman, Anti-Phishing Working Group

— Joanne Kossuth, CIO, Olin College of Engineering

— Ken Pfeil, CSO, Capital IQ

— Marshall Sanders, Vice President, Global Security and Chief Security Officer, Level 3 Communications

— Herb Schneider, Vice President of Research and Development, Extreme Networks

After CSO Magazine Publisher Bob Bragdon kicks off the day, Herb Schneider, Vice President of Research and Development at Extreme Networks, will lead the esteemed group of speakers as he presents on "A New World of Corporate Security: Proactive Strategies For Converging Systems and Security Management."

The interactive one-day forum will provide IT and security executives with practical tools for overcoming specific day-to-day challenges around risk management, perimeter defense, compliance, vulnerability management, policy enforcement, intrusion detection and prevention, as well as measuring the ROI on their efforts. In practical and action-oriented sessions, the program features real-life end-user case studies allowing attendees the opportunity to explore first-hand, proven approaches for evaluating, deploying, and managing strategic and reliable infrastructure security and business continuity technologies and solutions.

Attendees will benefit from top-shelf-educational, networking, and collaboration opportunities including:

— The ability to engage with an elite senior-level community in an intimate and focused peer-to-peer learning environment

— Private one-to-one feedback opportunity with an IDC analyst to explore your security and business continuity challenges

— New facilitated roundtable discussions joining together executives with common responsibilities to address your most pressing questions

Past attendees have found the IDC Security Forums an invaluable and unique learning experience. Ken Young, CIO of HOK Group, Inc. comments, "A well-run conference with a nice mix of speakers, the program definitely lived up to the title and there was a lot of food for thought about the next phases of security and business."

"Securing the network is a key priority in our networking solutions, and we are pleased to be leading the forum in examining advanced approaches designed for the changing world of corporate network security," said Herb Schneider of Extreme Networks. "We look forward to discussions with such a prestigious group of senior executives and thought leaders at this year's event."

Partners of the IDC Security Forum include: CSO Magazine, Contingency Planning Exchange, The Wall Street Journal, Information Storage + Security Journal, InfoWorld, Mobile Enterprise Magazine, Software Magazine, and Women in Technology International.

For more information or to register for this conference, please visit http://www.idc.com/securityeast05.

Complimentary press passes are available for qualified journalists. To request a press pass, please contact Dana Basilone at 508-988-6891 or dbasilone@idc.com.

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