The Security Standard Presents Cyber Crime Statistics, the Current Threat Landscape, and Corporate Security Analysis; Premiere Security Conference Opened to Full House of Business and Technology Leaders; Event Speakers Deliver Solid Action Plans to Combat Threats

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA. – September 10, 2007 – The Security Standard opened to a full house of business and technology decision makers at Chicago's Fairmont Hotel this morning, all gathered to assess security risks facing corporations today and analyze the plans, tools, and services available to combat these threats. Today's program included a special Thought Leaders Roundtable comprising Cisco's top security pros discussing the changing threat landscape; a keynote presentation by top FBI investigator Thomas X. Grasso on the growing influence of organized crime on cyber security; and a multi-part session dedicated to protecting information assets and intellectual property. The Security Standard runs through Tuesday, September 11. For more information, visit http://www.thesecuritystandard.net .

"The Security Standard is back this year to study a whole new barrage of security threats to corporate America," says John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World and co-chair of the conference. "Attendees from a diverse range of industries are here to share the latest strategies for protecting their resources, intellectual property, and work force."

Today's program also included careful examination of three recent security breaches — those at Boston College, TJX, and ChoicePoint. Each incident was reviewed; both for insight as to what went wrong pre-breach as well as to dissect each organization's response strategy in order to develop a step-by-step guide to managing a security crisis situation.

"Crisis communications, a response timeline of actions, best practices for minimizing the impact of a security breach … these are the building blocks of a prepared corporation's 'plan for the worst, hope for the best' security strategy," said Bob Bragdon, Publisher of CSO Magazine and co-chair of the conference. "The three real-world data breaches detailed today on stage offer invaluable perspectives and guidance straight from the line of fire."

The audience also heard insights from:

— Eric Johnson, Principal Investigator with the Institute for Information

Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and Director of Glassmeyer/McNamee

Center for Digital Strategies & Professor of Operations Management,

Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth on how the psychology of risk shapes

security strategies;

— Randolph E. Barr, CSO of WebEx Communications and Nick Selby, Senior

Analyst & Director, Enterprise Security Practice, The 451 Group, on how

to create a holistic plan for protecting intellectual property; and

— Stephen Hanna, Co-Chair, The Trusted Network Connect Work Group, The

Trusted Computing Group & Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks,

Inc., on the development, expectations and promise of network access

control (NAC).

Much more is on tap for tomorrow's stage program, including a fireside chat with Scott Charney, Vice President, Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft; an investigation of the state of security progress in the six years since 9/11; and a deep analysis of the culture of security, which focuses on how to create awareness of risks, how to instill best practices and how to work with employees and consumers.

For more information on The Security Standard, go to http://www.thesecuritystandard.net/ .

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 http://www.thesecuritystandard.net .

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.

Sponsors

Principal sponsors for the event are Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Citrix, Global Security Management and Symantec are Platinum sponsors. Gold sponsors include Enterasys Networks, Finjan, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Inc., Privaris, Qualys, Inc., RSA, Shavlik Technologies, LLC, SonicWALL, Sophos, Trend Micro Inc., Webroot Software, Inc. and WebSense, Inc. Event partners include Business Trends Quarterly (BTQ), CompTIA, the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC), the Information Security Forum (ISF) and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2.

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.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com/ .

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