IDG Executive Forums Unveils Content for ”The Security Standard” Conference in September

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JUNE 13, 2006 – Recognizing the fact that threats to an enterprise emerge faster, more aggressively and from more sources than ever before, IDG Executive Forums' The Security Standard conference — taking place September 6-7 at Boston's Hynes Convention Center — will take a fresh, holistic approach to understanding what it takes to deliver an effective enterprise security strategy in today's ever-changing risk landscape. The Security Standard is designed by and for business and technology thought leaders who bring together a diversity of perspectives to explore how security decisions impact stakeholders within and outside of an organization. The two-day conference, providing thought-provoking keynotes, power-packed panels and highly focused industry discussions, will give attendees a better understanding of the business, organizational, political and technology issues shaping the secure corporation today.

The conference is co-chaired by John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World, and Bob Bragdon, Publisher of CSO magazine.

"Security is no longer just a line on the annual budget projection," says Gallant. "It has moved from the server room to the board room and today's executive must have clear strategies and actionable solutions in the arsenal, ready to deal with any possible threat scenario. We kept this in mind while crafting the agenda for The Security Standard and have put together a slate of topics and visionaries that no security-focused executive can afford to miss."

The Security Standard will examine security from myriad perspectives within and external to the organization. The program will help participants understand how a wide swath of individuals and influencers view security today and how those views shape their interactions with corporate America. Senior level corporate and IT executives will share and explore best practices for building secure companies and industries in today's volatile security environment. Attendees will gain practical insights into solving security problems from general managers of business units, chief marketing officers, CEOs and CIOs, HR leaders, security pros who've endured major business disruptions, security analysts, demographers and market researchers, regulators and law enforcement officials.

Specifically, The Security Standard will offer new perspectives in four key areas:

— Risk Management -The Security Standard will explore how companies adapt to an ever-changing threat matrix with agility and expertise, make decisions when risk data is difficult to obtain or assess, and adapt to changes in the risk environment.

— Security From the Inside – A series of panels and presentations will focus on how companies can turn great security into a marketing advantage, how business outlooks are affected by security concerns, and the process of building an end-to-end culture of security.

— Security From the Outside – The Security Standard stage will host a panel of experts focusing on social trends and customer advocacy. Attendees will also glean useful information detailing how consumers feel about security, privacy, identity and doing business with your organization.

— The Threat Landscape – The conference's "Doom Session" will outline worst-case scenarios for the future that organizations need to prepare for today. By looking into this crystal ball of potential threats, attendees will gain a clearer understanding of how the risk landscape is shifting and the people and problems giving rise to the next wave of crime and attacks so they can better prepare.

Additionally, several breakout sessions will zero in on hot-button issues such as identity and access management, multi-factor authentication, managed security services, and application and database security. And an impressive slate of speakers includes luminaries from AT&T, Chevron, Cisco, the FBI, Genzyme, Harvard, IBM, KPMG, McAfee. To view the complete agenda, visit

"Our goal with The Security Standard is to create an intimate and exclusive forum that engenders a serious conversation on the most critical of security topics," says Bragdon. "In sharing research findings and engaging in dialogue with leading security providers, we'll present attendees with resources and information needed to build security action plans for their organizations, as well as to steer the direction of the entire security industry."

The Security Standard will also feature a sponsor pavilion featuring 30-35 leading hardware and software products built to defend and destroy attacks on an enterprise infrastructure. These products include best-in-class networking, firewall, and VPN technologies. Opportunities are still available to join this highly targeted group of top security vendors.

Attendance at The Security Standard is limited to qualified security professionals. Designed for top security executives from a wide range of industries, The Security Standard will cultivate dialogue amongst business and technology leaders that will strengthen policies and protocols against current and projected malicious activity.

To request more information on attending The Security Standard, go to Companies interested in sponsoring The Security Standard may contact Andrea D'Amato at

About The Security Standard

The Security Standard takes a fresh approach to the critical enterprise-wide topic of security, bringing together an intimate and exclusive audience of senior decision makers — from both corporate and IT management — to drill down into the most pressing business challenges surrounding information security. With high-profile keynotes, unique industry perspectives and an open dialogue running throughout the event between the decision makers in the audience and the visionaries on stage, The Security Standard will provide the audience with a strategic foundation on which to build current and future action plans for business security. The Security Standard will run as a single-track educational conference with an intimate 30-35 sponsor pavilion. Produced by IDG Executive Forums, the conference draws on the strengths of IDG's top U.S. business brands: CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld and Network World. For more information, visit

About the Co-Chairs

Bob Bragdon, Publisher of CSO magazine, and John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World, are the co-executive producers of The Security Standard and responsible for leading the event's steering committee and determining the conference agenda. Both leaders bring a wealth of security knowledge and experience to their respective roles. As publisher of CSO (chief security officer) magazine, the world's leading information resources for security executives, Bragdon works closely with industry vendors, enterprise security executives, government officials and law enforcement agencies in identifying and addressing the challenges of today's complex security and risk management environments. Bragdon is a member of the ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security).

Under Gallant's executive direction, Network World has been a leader in covering the emergence of networking in corporate America and has become the newspaper of record in the network industry. Gallant has positioned Network World as a true service publication for network IS professionals, providing technology and business news along with a wealth of insight, opinion and analysis designed to help readers manage not only their networks and network-based applications, but their growing budgets and staff.


Principal sponsors for the event are Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft. Intel has signed on as the first Platinum sponsor and Gold sponsors include Altiris, ArcSight, BigFix, Cybertrust, eIQnetworks, Inc., IBM, Lancope, Inc., Lucent, nCircle Network Security, NIKSUN, Qualys, Inc., RSA Security Inc., Trend Micro, Inc. and Websense, Inc. The CSO Executive Council is a supporting organization.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at