Second Annual The Security Standard Conference to Feature Key Presentations from Cisco and Microsoft Executives; Event to Explore Critical Issues of Risk Management and Business Security

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – May 30, 2007 – IDG Executive Forums' The Security Standard conference is the only event that brings together senior corporate, security and IT professionals to examine how to develop an effective security strategy that can advance overall business needs and goals of an organization. The second annual conference, which will be held Sept. 10-11, 2007 in Chicago at the Fairmont Hotel, will feature keynotes from Cisco Systems' executives and a Microsoft security executive.

A special Thought Leaders' Roundtable on Sept. 10 will feature Cisco's top security pros discussing the changing threat landscape. The roundtable participants will include Cisco executives Richard Palmer, senior vice president of the security technology group; Jeff Platon, vice president and CMO of the security and application networking group; and Scott Weiss, co- founder and CEO of IronPort Systems. On Sept. 11, Microsoft's Scott Charney, corporate vice president of the Trustworthy Computing Group, will participate in an onstage interview with event co-chair John Gallant to discuss Microsoft's efforts to provide a more secure and reliable online experience for customers, as well as its progress to help organizations address current security and privacy issues.

"In today's world of anywhere access, organizations need to be confident they can create and share information without fear that it will be compromised, stolen or exploited," said Microsoft's Scott Charney. "This requires building trust that technology, policies and processes will protect both personal and organizational data. Success will require extensive cooperation between companies, governments and organizations worldwide."

Key topics at The Security Standard conference will include:

— how the psychology of risk can warp security investments and


— managing the unique challenges of open source security,

— understanding the business strategies surrounding

network access control,

— contingency planning strategies for dealing with information loss,

— creating a strong culture of security in the MySpace era, and

— navigating the legal/regulatory landscape facing organizations today.

More information about the conference, its speakers, and the topics to be discussed is available online at .

Introduced in September 2006, The Security Standard event is the one forum that presents a wide variety of senior level perspectives focused on the business of security and the security of business. Designed to send attendees back to work with an arsenal of strategies for combating threats from inside and outside their organizations, the event brings together industry visionaries to assess the state of today's threat network, project the risks of tomorrow, and provide concrete strategies for diffusing dangerous scenarios.

Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO magazine, and John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World are co-executive producers of the conference, driving the content and discussion on stage for an audience of CEOs, CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives responsible for their organizations' security strategies.

The Security Standard is an IDG Executive Forums event produced with the support and editorial expertise of the IDG brands CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World. Together, these brands provide direct access to an extensive audience of over five million business and technology decision makers.

Attendance at The Security Standard is limited to qualified senior security professionals. Registration is limited to the first 500 qualified applicants. Designed for top business and technology executives from a wide range of industries, The Security Standard will cultivate dialogue amongst key security decision makers that will strengthen policies and protocols against malicious activity. To request more information on attending The Security Standard conference, visit . Companies interested in sponsoring The Security Standard may contact Andrea D'Amato at

About The Security Standard

The Security Standard takes a fresh approach to the critical enterprise- wide topic of security, bringing together an intimate and exclusive audience of senior decision makers — from both corporate and IT management — to drill down into the most pressing business challenges surrounding information security. With high-profile keynotes, unique industry perspectives and an open dialogue running throughout the event between the decision makers in the audience and the visionaries on stage, The Security Standard will provide the audience with a strategic foundation on which to build current and future action plans for business security. The Security Standard will run as a single-track educational conference with an intimate 30 sponsor pavilion. Produced by IDG Executive Forums, the conference draws on the strengths of IDG's top U.S. business brands: CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld and Network World. For more information, visit .

About the Co-Chairs

Bob Bragdon, Publisher of CSO magazine, and John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World, are the co-executive producers of The Security Standard and responsible for leading the event's steering committee and determining the conference agenda. Both leaders bring a wealth of security knowledge and experience to their respective roles. As publisher of CSO (chief security officer) magazine, the world's leading information resources for security executives, Bragdon works closely with industry vendors, enterprise security executives, government officials and law enforcement agencies in identifying and addressing the challenges of today's complex security and risk management environments. Bragdon is a member of the ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security).

Under Gallant's executive direction, Network World has been a leader in covering the emergence of networking in corporate America and has become the newspaper of record in the network industry. Gallant has positioned Network World as a true service publication for network IS professionals, providing technology and business news along with a wealth of insight, opinion and analysis designed to help readers manage not only their networks and network- based applications, but their growing budgets and staff.


Principal sponsors for the event are Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft. Global Security Management and Symantec are Platinum sponsors. Gold sponsors include Enterasys Networks, Finjan, Qualys, Inc. and WebSense, Inc. Event partners include the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) and the Information Security Forum (ISF).

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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