IDG’s Network World Announces COMNET 2002 Sponsorship Lineup

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 28, 2002 – Network World, the official Flagship Sponsor of COMNET/Washington D.C., today announced its official program for the 2002 technology conference and exhibition dedicated to enterprise networking and telecommunications.


"Best of the Tests" Pavilion: Monday-Thursday, open during exposition hours, Booth 870: Network World is offering an opportunity to take a close look at what the Global Test Alliance members have selected as some of the best enterprise network products on the market. Products from industry leaders and start-ups including CacheFlow, Cisco, Compaq, iConverse, Intel, NetIQ, RSA Security, Sitara Networks and SunCobalt will be assembled at the Pavillion. The lab will run continuously during exposition hours in Booth #870 at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. The Network World Best of the Tests designation goes to the top enterprise network hardware and software products that have gone through a rigorous, hands-on testing by Network World's Global Test Alliance members and independent product reviewers.

Network World's VPN Showdown: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Washington Convention Center – Executives from AT&T, WorldCom, Genuity and Equant will be in the hot seats at Network World's VPN Showdown, where they will field tough questions about their IP-VPN services from others and audience members. Pricing, security, equipment, reliability, service levels – no subject is off limits. John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World, and Jim Metzler, founder of Ashton-Metzler consultancy, will preside over this presidential-style debate. Representing vendors will be Jonathan W. Cohen, director of advanced IP network services at AT&T Business; Janel Crabtree, director of global VPN services at WorldCom; Arjen Maarleveld, head of products at Equant; and John Summers, director of product strategy at Genuity.

User Excellence Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m., Washington Convention Center – Network World's 16th Annual 2001 User Excellence Awards program honors end-user organizations for their innovative and effective use of network technology to cut costs, improve communications and enhance productivity. Network World will have a special awards presentation recognizing this year's winners.

Spam Wars: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 4-5 p.m.,Washington Convention Center – It's the four-letter word no e-mail user can avoid: Spam. Like the refuse that overflows our inadequate landfills, unsolicited bulk e-mail clogs the Internet and fills our in-boxes. ISPs spend millions of dollars fighting spam, and antispammers work to blacklist those who break acceptable use policies. But there are those who charge that it's censorship to block e-mail and say antispammer vigilantes have gone too far. In this session you'll hear from both camps. Network World's President and Editorial Director John Gallant, and Features Reporter Sharon Gaudin, will lead a panel including Todd Pelow, CEO of; Kelly Thompson, vice president of the Forum for Responsible and Ethical Email; and Ray Everett-Church, co-founder of CAUCE, an antispam group looking for a legislative answer.

Disaster recovery; What every network manager should know: Thursday, Jan 31, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., Washington Convention Center – What are the elements of a good disaster-recovery plan? Who in your organization should be involved in creating or modifying corporate procedures? In this session, moderated by Network World Events Editor Sandra Gittlen, representatives from vendors with storage, security, and data back-up and recovery software will share their advice for a healthy disaster-recovery plan. Panelists include David Flynn, vice president of marketing at NetScreen Technologies; Tricia Jang, technical attachŽ for Tivoli storage, Tivoli Systems; and Julie Lucas, general manager of security solutions at Enterasys Networks.

Network World, for the first time, also serves as educational partner to COMNET, developing the keynote addresses, sessions and tutorials. The 2002 conference program is expanded this year, to provide insight into the range of issues Network IT Executives face – from handling in-house enterprise issues to assessing new applications to dealing with service providers. For more highlights on this year's conference program, go to

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, NetworkWorld, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About International Data Group

Network World, Inc. is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at