IDG’s CXO Media, Inc. Teams up with U.S. Department of Commerce’s Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office

FRAMINGHAM, MASS – SEPT. 20, 2000 — CXO Media, Inc., publisher of CIO and Darwin magazines, today announces a new cooperative venture with the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) of the United States Department of Commerce. Having a common interest to increase international awareness about technology risks (including cyber-terrorism, cyber-crime and business continuity), the two organizations are developing a series of events on Internet security and privacy. The first event, The Internet Security Policy Forum, takes place Wednesday, September 27, 2000, at 12:00 p.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Lou Dobbs, former CNN executive and host of CNN's "Moneyline News Hour with Lou Dobbs" and current Chairman and CEO of SPACE.com, the event will be webcast and accessible via www.cio.com/webcast and www.darwinmag.com/webcast. Secretary of Commerce Norman Y. Mineta will speak at the close of the Forum.

According to Lew McCreary, Editorial Director and Executive Vice President of CXO Media, "CXO and CIAO share the goal of educating business and political leaders on information security issues and risks. This forum will provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss information security risks and contemplate feasible solutions."

John Tritak, Director, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department of Commerce, adds, "More and more, our nation's infrastructures are being wired together into an ever-expanding digital nervous system. Going online is no longer an option, it is a market imperative. The benefits have been enormous in terms of competitiveness, efficiency and quality of service. But these benefits do not come without risks. Those who want rapid solutions should recognize the need to get all of the relevant parties together will often take time. But I believe in the long run it is the best approach we can take, and progress will be made."

The forum will include an expert panel of governmental, political and industry leaders and an audience of 100 top Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs). Conducted in a fashion similar to a television talk show, Dobbs will initiate and moderate a discussion between the panelists and audience members about the vulnerabilities of networked computer systems. The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, will address the audience on security risks and the impact on U.S. business.

About CIAO

The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) is an entity of the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce created pursuant to the provisions of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD- 63). A part of CIAO's mission is to promote critical infrastructure assurance through increased awareness and investment in information security. Since state and local governments and the private sector own and operate the majority of critical infrastructures in the nation, CIAO needs to promote activities that inform business and technology leaders across industry and public institutions of the risks associated with reliance on information systems.

About CXO Media

CXO Media Inc. (formerly CIO Communications Inc.) produces CIO and Darwin magazines. These publications serve CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper. The company strives to enhance partnerships between CIOs and CXOs, as well as to create opportunities for IT and consumer marketers to reach them. In addition to publishing CIO and Darwin, the company produces the www.cio.com and www.darwinmagazine.com websites, as well as the CIO and Darwin Executive Programs, a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government leaders. CXO Media is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles. It offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG also produces 168 computer-related expositions worldwide and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide.