Nation’s Security Chiefs Mobilize To Solve Pressing Security Problems

Framingham, MA – APRIL 12, 2005 – IDG’s CXO Media, publisher of CIO, CMO and CSO magazines, announces the launch of the CSO Executive Council, a new, invitation-only professional organization of public and private sector chief security officers (CSOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs) devoted to advancing strategic security practices. With more than 50 of the nation's top 500 companies and a robust faculty of seasoned security statesmen, the council and its professional staff facilitate the study of security challenges and the creation of new security models, tools and repeatable techniques for members. The organization also provides a forum for information sharing and networking about critical problems facing government and business leaders.

“Today’s security executives are busier than ever safeguarding their organization’s people, products, property and information. The threats, vulnerabilities and responsibilities are growing faster than CSOs’ resources, budgets and capabilities. They just don’t have the bandwidth to keep recreating the wheel while developing new solutions,” says Bob Hayes, general manager of the CSO Executive Council, and CSO of CXO Media/IDG. Hayes continues, “The council allows security executives to come together, in a trusted, collaborative and virtual environment, and take the idea of public-private partnerships to the next level. These members are not only sharing ideas and practices, but developing tools and models to tackle major problems and make each others’ jobs a whole lot easier as well as less costly and time consuming.”

Council members participate in task forces organized under four strategic priorities: Risk Management, Business Continuity, Leadership Management and Value Equation. A Metrics task force within the Value Equation area recently produced an innovative and comprehensive model for evaluating the cost of complying with five of the new security laws and regulations enacted since 9/11.

“The nation’s security chiefs are being called to secure our country’s physical and cyber assets, marking a period of unprecedented pressure,” says Walter Manninen, President and CEO of CXO Media. “We worked side by side with CSOs and CISOs to develop this unique and elite organization. They told us they needed a closed, trusted environment to share their knowledge and lessons learned, plus a support system to produce new tools to save them time and money. The council is realizing this vision.”

The council’s Board of Advisors is a distinguished and experienced group of leading security executives who advise the management of the organization on emerging and pertinent industry issues.

Members include:

James Ashby, Boise Cascade

Michael Assante, American Electric Power

Randy Arnt, Kimberly-Clark

Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Anton Bommersbach, The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

Milt Brown, Caremark Rx

David Burrill, British American Tobacco

Ed Casey, Procter & Gamble

Francis D'Addario, Starbucks Coffee Company

Scott Day, Cargill

Colonel Thaddeus Dmuchowski, (former) U.S. Army

Michael Frankovich, Duke Energy Corporation

Timothy Gladura, Cardinal Health

Jeff Hayes, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Don L. Hubbard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Pat Laird, Exelon Corporation

Mark Lex, Abbott Laboratories

Louis Magnotti, U.S. House of Representatives

L. E. Mattice, Boston Scientific

John McClurg, Lucent Technologies

Joseph Murphy, Motorola

John Pontrelli, TriWest Healthcare Alliance

J. David Quilter, NiSource Corporation

The council is also supported by a group of former CSOs who are leading security experts. This group—called the CSO Emeritus Faculty—serves as content experts, conducting research and creating models, tools and techniques for delivery to council members.

Founding faculty include:

Bernie Banahan, (former) Motorola

George Campbell, (former) Fidelity Investments

Joe Carlon, (former) Exxon Mobile Corporation

Henry DeGeneste, (former) Prudential Financial

James D. Jessee, (former) Procter & Gamble

Richard Lefler, (former) American Express

John McCarthy, (former) Texaco

George T. Miserendino, (former) Excel Energy

Randy Uzzell, (former) Burlington Industries

The CSO Executive Council’s initiatives are planned and guided by leaders elected from its membership. Members create the council’s agenda and priorities and are supported by the CSO Emeritus Faculty as well as the council’s 20+ professional staff who handles tactical, operational and administrative tasks. Members are granted private access to a secure, commercial free, members-only web site, which includes a progressive online format for solving problems and a secured database directory of resources and staff. In addition to directing the development of new solutions, members can download reports, case studies and research, and post secure information of benefit to other members. Annual membership costs $17,500 and enables CSOs and CISOs to enroll executive members of their staff and others who may participate on their behalf. Enterprise-wide memberships are also available. This is the second fee-based organization for corporate officers launched by CXO Media. Last April, the company launched a similar program for chief information officers (CIOs).

ABOUT CSO

Launched in 2002, CSO magazine provides chief security officers (CSOs) with analysis and insight on security trends and a keen understanding of how to develop successful strategies to secure all business assets—from people to information and financial value to physical infrastructure. The CSO portfolio includes its companion website (www.CSOonline.com), the CSO Perspectives™ conference and the CSO Executive Council™. The magazine is read by 27,000 security leaders from the private and public sectors. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are the recipients of 50 awards to date, including the American Society of Business Publication Editor’s Magazine of the Year award as well as eight Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and Grand Neal runner-up honors two years in a row. Licensed editions of CSO magazine are published in Australia, France and Sweden. The CSO Perspectives™ conference, the first face-to-face conference designed for CSOs and featuring speakers from the national stage and the CSO community, offers educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government security executives. The CSO Executive Council is a professional organization of CSOs created to advance strategic security practices. CSO magazine, CSOonline.com, CSO Perspectives conference and the CSO Executive Council are produced by International Data Group’s award-winning business unit: CXO Media Inc.

ABOUT CXO MEDIA INC.

CXO Media Inc. produces award-winning media properties and executive programs for corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business, including CIO, CMO, CSO magazines and websites, Darwinmag.com, the CIO Executive Council™ and the CSO Executive Council™. 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 websites 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®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.