Security and Privacy Experts to Discuss Future Challenges at CSO Perspectives(TM) Conference U.S. Secret Service to Present E-Crime Case Studies at Conference from CSO Magazine and for Nation’s Chief Security Officers Website: http://www.csoonline.com/conferences

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 2, 2005 – IDG's CSO magazine holds its second annual CSO Perspectives(TM) conference on April 10-12, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, CA. This year's conference convenes the nation's top chief security officers (CSOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs), across all industries, as well as senior government officials to discuss Balancing the Art and Science of Security.

"Security executives are faced with so many challenges these days — from how to deal with terrorist threats to determining security ROI," says Jennifer Richards, senior vice president of Executive Programs, CXO Media Inc. (publisher of CIO, CMO and CSO magazines). "Our conference is designed to let security practitioners share what they are thinking and doing to overcome current challenges, as well as present insights from the industry's leading security and privacy experts about how to approach and think ahead of tomorrow's challenges."

To meet the needs of senior-level conference attendees — security executives with an average annual company revenue of $6.8 billion and average security budget of $19 million — conference organizers lined up high-profile speakers to examine how to adapt in an ever-changing security environment and find ways to anticipate and overcome future security challenges.

Key April 2005 CSO Perspectives conference speakers include the following:

* Michael Levin, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret

Service – Criminal Investigative Division, presents case studies of

actual crimes solved by the agency's Electronic Crimes Task Forces

(ECTFs) — with fifteen spanning the nation. As ECTF coordinator,

Levin will discuss the success of the program's public-private

partnership structure aimed at preventing, detecting, mitigating, and

aggressively investigating attacks on the country's financial and

critical infrastructures.

* Richard Lefler, Managing Partner, Business Security Advisory Group,

discusses the future challenges of security in a global economy with

continually emerging threats. Lefler, a retired vice president of

corporate security for American Express, takes security executives

through the exercise of rethinking security to create a more

cooperative environment and identify successful ways to break down

problems and build solutions.

* Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law and Author, George Washington

University, examines today's economic, legal, and regulatory challenges

and the importance of adopting good laws and technologies to protect

privacy and security. Rosen also dramatically lays out the financial

dangers of failing to make the protection of privacy and security a

business priority.

"CSO Perspectives is a unique learning and networking opportunity. Attendees and speakers from historically stovepiped disciplines come together to share their expertise as peers. They leave with actionable ideas for improving their organizations' security posture," adds CSO magazine Editor Derek Slater.

For a current list of CSO Perspectives conference speakers, visit http://www.csoonline.com/conferences .

The three-day conference is sponsored by:

Adobe Systems, Inc. ( http://www.adobe.com/ ) through the Adobe(R) Intelligent Document Platform, provides enterprise solutions that help secure information inside or outside the firewall to ensure consistent document authenticity, integrity and confidentiality.

Intellitactics ( http://www.intellitactics.com/ ) provides enterprise software that manages security internal controls to ensure the availability, confidentiality and integrity of critical information assets.

PricewaterhouseCoopers ( http://www.pwc.com/ ) provides industry-focused assurance, tax, and advisory services for public and private clients. Among the business and technology capabilities of PricewaterhouseCoopers' advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers has 2,900 information security professionals dedicated to helping clients improve their organization's security and controls ( http://www.pwc.com/security ).

For more information on sponsors and sponsorship opportunities: http://www.csoonline.com/conferences ; 508.988.7584

About CSO:

Launched in 2002, CSO magazine, its companion website ( http://www.csoonline.com/ ) and the CSO Perspectives(TM) conference provide 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 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 five 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(TM) 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. CSO magazine, CSOonline.com and the CSO Perspectives conference 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 and the CIO 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(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/ .

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are a member of the media interested in attending the conference, you must be credentialed prior to arrival. Pre-arranged, on- site and remote media opportunities are available; please contact Lori Piscatelli at 508.988.6838 for details and credentialing.

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