The Security Standard: The Premier Security Event of 2006; Your competitors will be there – will you?

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 15, 2006 – The newest IDG Executive Forums conference, The Security Standard — taking place September 6-7 at Boston's Hynes Convention Center — is quickly shaping up to be the must-attend event of the year for any CIO, CSO, IT or business leader directly involved in their organization's enterprise security. The buzz is building for both attendees and sponsors; any remaining open slots are sure to be filled by month's end. With a keynote from Cisco CEO John Chambers, a keynote panel featuring Microsoft's top security executives, and dozens of information-packed panels featuring CSOs and other business and technology leaders, The Security Standard is on the agenda of savvy executives in business today. Distinguished security professionals from General Dynamics, Fidelity Investments and GlaxoSmithKline to Nationwide Insurance, Cargill and The World Bank have all put The Security Standard on their calendars.

"Security in today's world means more than just buying the latest hardware and software," says John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World and co-chair of the conference. "Emerging concerns in the modern enterprise demand a new way of thinking about security. The Security Standard will deliver fresh new ideas and perspectives from people inside and external to the organization to help shape your enterprise security strategy."

The conference agenda is loaded with panels and sessions guaranteed to help attendees realize every part of their security plans for the ultimate in business advantage. In "Security in an Interconnected World," Chambers will give an insider's look at how Cisco is approaching security from an architectural standpoint. A panel discussion led by Gallant will feature Microsoft security executives Doug Cavit, Ben Fathi, Ryan Hamlin and Ted Kummert, who will answer some of the most pressing questions IT leaders have about emerging security threats, privacy and compliance issues, and the need for security to move beyond being a cost center to a business enabler. And in an exclusive presentation for The Security Standard, MIT Professor Stuart Madnick will share his findings from recent research on the effectiveness of security strategies in increasingly complicated cross-organizational environments.

According to Bob Bragdon, Publisher of CSO magazine and the conference's co-chair, "Our goal is to bring together both corporate and IT decision makers to collaborate on strategies for a secure organization, and build the foundation for an ongoing dialogue."

Key conference tracks include:

— Identifying effective risk management strategies – Lessons learned from risk modeling; selling the value of security; risk management in a global business environment

— Understanding how security influences the business – Top analysts speak out on the critical challenges facing organizations today; making employees an integral piece of the security picture to ensure that there are no weak links

— Exploring perceptions beyond the organization – How security impacts customers; the secrets to creating successful business partnerships; the changing legal and regulatory landscape

— Choosing the right technology strategies – Identity and access management solutions; application and database security; the need for multi-factor authentication and managed security services

— Evaluating the new threat landscape – How research and trend data are helping senior decision makers understand what to prepare for in a time of increasing – and increasingly ominous – new threats and attacks on critical infrastructure and applications

The Security Standard will take a fresh, holistic approach to understanding what it takes to deliver an effective enterprise security strategy in today's ever-changing risk landscape. The two-day conference will give attendees a better understanding of the business, organizational, political and technology issues shaping the secure corporation today.

Attendees will gain practical insights into solving security problems from general managers of business units, CEOs and CIOs, HR leaders, security pros who have endured major business disruptions, security analysts, demographers and market researchers, regulators and law enforcement officials. To view the complete agenda and learn more about the speakers, visit .

Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits through an arrangement between The Security Standard conference and (ISC)2. All CISSP, SSCP and CAP credential holders in good standing are members of (ISC)2 and must meet ongoing certification requirements, including submitting evidence of credential-related continuing professional education. (ISC)2 recognizes The Security Standard conference content as eligible for CPE credits for (ISC)2 credential maintenance; (ISC)2 members can earn one continuing education credit for every hour of meetings or tutorials they attend.

Attendance at The Security Standard is limited to qualified security professionals. Designed for top security executives from a wide range of industries, The Security Standard will cultivate dialogue amongst business and technology leaders that will strengthen policies and protocols against current and projected malicious activity.

To request more information on attending The Security Standard, go to . 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 30sponsor 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. Intel is a Platinum sponsor and Gold sponsors include Altiris, ArcSight, BigFix, Cybertrust, eIQnetworks, Inc., ENDFORCE, Entrust, Inc., Fiberlink Communications Corp., Finjan, Inc., IBM, Lancope, Inc., Lucent, McAfee, Inc., nCircle Network Security, NIKSUN, Qualys, Inc., RSA Security Inc., SafeNet, SecureWave, Sophos Inc., Trend Micro, Inc., Utimaco Safeware Inc. and Websense, Inc. Supporting organizations are CERIAS (the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security), the CSO Executive Council, (ISC)2 (the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium), IT Business Edge, the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), and the Center for Digital Strategies.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. 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 online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 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 .

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