IDC IT Security Roadshow Central and Eastern Europe 2003

PRAGUE – NOVEMBER 20, 2002 – IDC Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMA) today announced that its first regional conference roadshow for 2003 will be devoted to IT security. IDC's upcoming IT Security Roadshow Central and Eastern Europe will be held in February and April 2003 in the following cities: Prague on February 6, followed by Budapest on February 13, Zagreb February 20, Warsaw February 27, and Moscow on April 11.


The increased dependence on electronic transactions and Web-based communication has forced businesses to seek out and remedy their vulnerabilities and re-evaluate their security infrastructures. Business and technical managers alike understand that failure to meet the security challenge could ultimately lead to lost revenue, declining credibility, and legal liability.

Forward-thinking business and IT executives are looking closely at their organizations' security and privacy practices in the interest of giving their companies a recognized "secure brand" reputation. They know that information and communications security can provide a real competitive advantage by building trust, simplifying assured transactions, and maintaining a safe environment in which to do business.

"The awareness of issues surrounding enterprise security in Central and Eastern Europe has never been higher – but a lack of understanding of the risks and associated cost/performance ratios of investment in security solutions is inhibiting spending on security. While the market for security continues to show strong growth, this new level of awareness has yet to be translated into exceptional levels of spending, " said Steven Frantzen, Managing Director IDC CEMA.

The IDC IT Security Roadshow Central and Eastern Europe 2003 will bring together high-level speakers from leading security-focused companies, IDC experts on IT security markets, and senior executives from a range of industry sectors to discuss the hottest security issues, tools, trends, and techniques in a business context and help top management with their investment decisions related to security solutions. The speakers will deliver presentations on such topics as external and internal security threats and how to best fight them without huge increases in operational and administrative costs; investments in IT security solutions and immediate realization of ROI; enforcing security and privacy policies; and the pros and cons of ethical hacking.

Microsoft and Symantec are the roadshow's regional platinum sponsors.

Based on the large attendance and strong responses to IDC's IT security conferences held in Germany and England earlier this year, IDC CEMA expects to see strong interest in the events throughout the region from IT end-user companies representing a broad range of sectors.

IDC CEMA is dedicated to creating forums that allow IT decision-makers and vendors to form beneficial relationships through discussion of the most compelling and business-critical technology issues in today's global marketplace.

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