IDG World Expo Launches WinSEC to Answer Real World Windows Security Questions

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 5, 2004 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced the launch of WinSEC™ 2004, a new series of events that will deliver unbiased education on Windows desktop and server security issues and provide real world answers for IT professionals seeking alternative solutions to Windows security problems.

Beginning in November 2004, consecutive conferences will be held initially in two U.S. cities, with more than a dozen cities to follow. WinSEC will debut in Minneapolis on November 15, followed by WinSEC in Arlington, VA on November 18.

The full-day WinSEC program will provide attendees with intensive, practical education that will specifically address the role of Microsoft in identity and security infrastructure, as well as new trends and the future of Microsoft’s next generation secure computing. Participants will also learn about patch management, hardening Windows servers against attacks and what to do after an intrusion is detected. WinSEC attendees will take away a “cookbook” of tools, instructions and tips, as well as security tools and information provided by sponsors. The program is specifically designed for IT professionals with responsibilities for areas such as security, intrusion detection, desktops, risk assessment, compliance, business continuity, integration and Web applications.

The WinSEC series will be led by some of the most well-respected figures in the Microsoft Windows security industry — renowned “alpha geeks” Mark Minasi and George Spalding. They will deliver to attendees the freshest content available about Windows security challenges and the best solutions. Minasi, a best-selling author, popular technology columnist and commentator, is best known for his books in the Mastering series (Mastering Windows Server 2003, Mastering Windows 2000 Server, Mastering Windows NT Server, Mastering XP Professional, etc.) and his perennial hardware PC repair and fix-it book The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide, now in its 13th edition. His monthly columns in Windows & .NET Magazine are among the best-read in the periodical. Spalding, an executive consultant at Pink Elephant, has for more than 25 years been helping individuals on five continents realize their full potential by simplifying complex topics and inspiring people to acquire new skills. One of the first 2000 people worldwide to certify on Windows 2000, he authored the highly technical Windows 2000 Administration published by Osborne McGraw-Hill. He holds a number of the leading IT security certifications including: CISSP, CISA, and CISM.

According to IDC estimates, worldwide spending on security and business continuity will grow twice as fast as IT spending over the next several years, reaching more than $116 billion by 2007. In a 2003 IDC survey, 40 percent of nearly 1,000 IT managers rated security as their number one priority.

“Security is the top concern of IT professionals worldwide, especially with new threats emerging every day,” said Spalding. “We are developing WinSEC from the ground up as an independent event that will provide a straightforward look at the Windows security issues facing organizations of all sizes. Attendees will walk away from this conference with real-world knowledge and security strategies that they can implement immediately.”

“We are excited to introduce this new series of events to address such a critical issue for IT professionals,” said David Korse, president of IDG World Expo. “It’s clear that there is a need for reliable, unbiased information to help companies develop effective solutions for Windows security concerns. With the help of the industry’s best security experts, we believe that WinSEC will become the authoritative event for this important issue.”

In late 2004 and continuing into 2005, IDG World Expo plans to host the WinSEC program in additional U.S. cities. For more information on WinSEC, please visit www.winsec2004.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-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, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo, Portable Power Conference & Expo, Wireless Sensing Solutions™, WinSEC™, Context™ and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & ExpoR, MacworldConference & ExpoR, DEMOR, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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