Industrial Espionage, Anti-Terrorism Experts Address Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Officers at CIO Perspectives & CSO Perspectives Conferences Next Month Former National Security Advisor John M. Poindexter PhD Delivers Special Address on Security with Privacy

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 4, 2004 – IDG's CXO Media announces lead speakers for its 2004 CIO Perspectives(R) and CSO Perspectives(TM) conferences. The two conferences, co-located at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California on April 18 – 20th, share symbiotic themes of growth and risk aversion and convene the nation's top information technology (IT) and security executives in an effort to strengthen the nation's infrastructures by balancing business and risk management practices.

Key 2004 CIO and CSO Perspectives Conferences Speakers Include:

— Retired US Admiral John Poindexter PhD; Consultant and Former Director of the Information Awareness Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects

Agency (DARPA) will deliver remarks focused on Security with Privacy: An After Action Report on Total Information Awareness. According to Poindexter,

"We, the government and corporations, need a more systematic approach to protecting the privacy of individuals for national security as well as economic

purposes. It should not be a trade-off. We must achieve both." During his presentation, the former National Security Advisor to President Reagan will talk

about information technologies and systems to counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness and using it for preemption, national

security warning and national security decision-making.

— Ira Winkler, Author, Security Industry Expert, "Modern Day James Bond"; Author of the newly released book, Spies Among Us, and Chief Security Strategist

of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Winkler is considered one of the world's most influential security professionals. A captivating speaker, Winkler

regularly performs penetration tests,during which he physically and technically breaks into some of the largest companies in the world and then reports

back to them on cost effective ways to protect their information and computer infrastructure. Winkler will present: Lessons from Super Spies, drawing from

case studies of actual espionage cases, including the theft of nuclear designs. His address will reveal how to take a realistic and cost-effective approach to

securing organizations.

— Nicholas Carr, Author; Author of Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage, Carr is a renowned, independent

business writer whose work centers on business strategy and information technology. He will expand on his explosive Harvard Business Review article, "IT

Doesn't Matter," to explain his view of how technological, economic, and competitive forces are combining to transform the role information technology

plays in business — with profound implications for IT management and investment.

To meet the demands of the assembled powerhouse of CIOs and CSOs attending the 2004 CIO and CSO Perspectives conferences, organizers lined up speakers who will spark meaningful debate and offer fresh solutions to a wide array of technology and security issues. These speakers, experts in their respective fields, will interact with participants in a variety of sessions designed specifically for each conference audience, as well as select sessions and keynotes designed to bring CIOs and CSOs together.

As additional speakers are confirmed, future announcements will follow. For a current list of CIO and CSO Perspectives conferences speakers, visit http://www.cio.com/conferences and/or http://www.csoonline.com/perspectives and/or

About CIO and CSO Perspectives Conferences Sponsors:

Sponsors include:

Quova, Inc. is the leading provider of geolocation services to online businesses. Quova's patented technology instantly provides the geographic location of website visitors, enabling customers like Major League Baseball, Absolut, IBM SurfAid, Times Online and Sky Sports to manage digital rights, target content, detect fraud and ensure regulatory compliance.

VeriSign Inc. delivers critical infrastructure services that make the Internet and telecommunications networks more intelligent, reliable, and secure. Every day VeriSign helps thousands of businesses and millions of consumers connect, communicate, and transact with confidence.

For more information on sponsors and sponsorship opportunities: http://www.cio.com/conferences ; 508.935.4487

Media Credentialing for the CIO and CSO Perspectives Conferences:

If you are a member of the media interested in attending the conferences, you must be credentialed prior to arrival. Pre-arranged, on-site and remote media opportunities are available; please contact Nathan Towne at (617) 571-2695 for details and credentialing.

About CIO and CSO Perspectives Conferences:

The CIO and CSO Perspectives conferences are produced by Executive Programs of CXO Media Inc., publisher of CIO magazine (launched in 1987) and CSO magazine (launched in 2002). The conference series provides the finest educational and networking opportunities to a pre-qualified audience of CIOs, CSOs, CISOs and other executive leaders of information technology and security. Perspectives conferences are focused on specific business themes based on industry trends and the current needs of CIOs and CSOs. In its commitment to provide CIOs with a regular opportunity to expand their knowledge of technology and stay current on innovative products and services, the CIO Perspectives conference series has maintained its twice-annual schedule since the program's debut in 1990. In addition to CIO and CSO Perspectives, CXO Media produces the CIO Enterprise Value Retreat (EVR), the CIO 100 Symposium, and the CXO Media Executive Policy Forum. The company also publishes CIO magazine, CIO.com, The CIO Insider as well as CSO magazine, CSOonline.com and darwinmag.com.

Credentialing is required for IT and security executives interested in conference attendance; please call 800.366.0246 to obtain an enrollment application.

About CXO Media:

CXO Media is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), 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 & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), 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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