IDG World Expo Launches Integrated Security Conference & Expo; Premiere Event to Address Centralized Integration of IT and Physical Security

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 5, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets around the globe, today announced the launch of its Integrated Security Conference & Expo.

 

The invitation-only event will take place June 3-5, 2003 in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Integrated Security Conference & Expo will be the first industry event to address centralized integration of physical and IT security for creating a comprehensive security infrastructure that enables business growth.

IDG World Expo designed Integrated Security Conference & Expo to engage key IT and physical security decision-makers within government agencies, Fortune 1000 enterprises, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and infrastructure organizations. The event will attract professionals in roles such as CSO, CIO, CTO, CISO, network security manager, CFO, CEO, COO, director of facilities, and VP of operations.

In developing Integrated Security Conference & Expo, IDG World Expo underwent a conference needs assessment of IDG publication readers which evaluated current security events and issues facing enterprise decision-makers. Security management and implementation ranked the highest among unmet needs, indicating a tremendous opportunity for a face-to-face event providing guidance on security architecture, centralization of security resources, risk assessment, business continuity and disaster recovery, intrusion detection, organizational structure and policies, outsourcing security management services, and integrating security tools.

In addition, studies conducted this year by IDC indicate that much of today's security and business continuity investments are not matching real business needs. As a result, user confusion and vendor missteps are creating a demand by enterprise and government decision-makers for assistance and guidance on protecting vital business assets.

"Security in all aspects has moved up the senior leadership agenda at most organizations over the past year," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "They need an integrated security infrastructure which defends against virtual and physical intrusions. That's why we're introducing a focused, exclusive event offering comprehensive education and exposure to the whole range of IT and physical security solutions, policies and resources needed to make the most informed decisions critical to doing business today."

Integrated Security Conference & Expo will offer a variety of opportunities for exhibitors to differentiate themselves through highly interactive showcases. Event participants will network through live Technology Showcase Demonstrations, CEO Councils, a venture capital summit and comprehensive conference content and instruction. Participants from select industries and the government sector will also receive educational materials from IDG's unmatched research, publication and online resources, the opportunity to participate in a hands-on security arena and a Security Product Guide to help attendees navigate IT and physical security offerings in the marketplace.

IDG World Expo and leading security vendors and users will gather in Las Vegas in late August to develop industry-first partnership programs that ensure successful ROI for vendors and attendees alike.

"We have built IDG World Expo by listening closely to the requirements of business and thought leaders in each of the industry segments in which we participate," Greco said. "The Integrated Security Conference & Expo is the latest example of our organization leading the market in a direction where – based on research and input from some of the most experienced minds in the business – we see momentum building."

Integrated Security Conference & Expo is an invitation-only event requiring qualified buyers and sellers to apply for a limited number of participation opportunities. For more information on the application process and the event, visit www.idgworldexpo.com. IDG World Expo is currently developing a comprehensive event Web site for the event.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its 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, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, and research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com