IDG Launches CSO Magazine

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 22, 2002 – International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media company, announced today it will launch a new security publication and companion website for chief security officers (CSOs), chief information security officers (CISOs) and other top-level executives charged with protecting their organizations' tangible and intangible assets, including technology infrastructure, intellectual capital and corporate reputation. Entitled CSO, the monthly publication will debut in September 2002, preceded by a companion website ( to launch at the end of this month.


"In an increasingly vulnerable world, security has become central to any organization's success and longevity," says Kelly Conlin, president and CEO of IDG. "According to IDC, the worldwide market for IT security expected to reach $46 billion by 2005, therefore IDG is proud to announce the first magazine geared exclusively to the executives who create and control the budgets for security as well as manage and enforce security policies."

CSO will spotlight the challenges and achievements of the nation's CSOs, providing these executives with the information and tools needed to make smart, strategic decisions and wise investments. A CSO companion site, featuring content specific to CSOs' information needs as well as marketing and subscription information, will debut later this month. The website will carry editorial content from each print publication of CSO.

Management Launch Team

CSO will be produced by CXO Media Inc., a subsidiary of IDG. "CXO Media is uniquely well-suited to produce CSO magazine. Fifteen years ago, they were first to market with CIO, creating a publication and a community for chief information officers (CIOs) before anyone even knew what a CIO was. CXO Media's experience and success with CIO will be invaluable as they create a new publication and community for CSOs," stated Conlin.

Editorial direction and development will be led by Lew McCreary, editorial director of CXO Media Inc., and Derek Slater, executive editor, CSO. Advertising and sales will be directed by Joe Levy, president and CEO of CXO Media and Computerworld. McCreary, Slater and Levy each bring multiple decades of publishing experience to their respective posts.

Print Circulation Strategy, Format & Advertising

CSO's audience will be comprised of CSOs, CISOs and other executives who influence security strategy and purchasing at their companies. CSO will have a controlled circulation, targeted to the 25,000 CSOs (or comparative functional titles) in the Global 2000. (According to a Booz Allen Hamilton survey, 54 percent of corporations with $1 billion in annual revenue have a CSO on their executive staff.)

Annual charter paid subscriptions for 12 issues will cost $64.95 and the magazine's cover price will be $6.95. The publication will be oversized and saddle-stitched. On average, each issue will be 64 pages plus covers, with a target 50/50-ad/edit ratio. CSO will have a 6pt coated cover stock & 50 lb. text stock with a trim size of 8-3/4" x 10-7/8". The cost of a black & white ad page will be $7,900; four-color full page: $10,800.

About CXO Media Inc.

CXO Media publishes CIO magazine (launched in 1987), and The CIO Insider. CXO Media serves CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business. The company strives to enhance partnerships among C-level executives, as well as create opportunities for information technology (IT) and consumer marketers to reach them. In addition to magazines and websites, CXO Media produces Executive Programs, a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government leaders.

About International Data Group

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company. With annual revenues of $3.01 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and events. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines in 85 countries, led by the Computerworld /InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, and CIO global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, a gateway to IDG's 330 websites powered by more than 2,000 journalists reporting from every continent in the world. IDG also produces 168 technology-related events including IDG World Expo's Macworld Conference & Expo and the new BioITWorld Conference & Expo. Research company IDC provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at