Virus-Type Threats Top Security Concerns of CIOs Attending Nation’s Largest IT Executive Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 24, 2006 – More than half of senior IT executives fear viruses, worms, Trojan horses and "zero-day" attacks more than any other security threat according to a poll conducted by IDG's Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, at its seventh annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, which took place March 5-7, 2006.

"Tackling daily security issues is still a major headache for today's CIOs," said Julia King, Computerworld's executive editor, events and national correspondent, and Premier 100 Conference chairperson. "We've also learned through our polls and conversations with attendees at the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, that a number of other issues, such as fostering talent and implementing new technologies, are also top of mind."

Computerworld also polled audience members on a number of challenging and strategic issues including security and disaster recovery, open source and IT leadership. For example, when asked how interested their organization is in using Linux for desktop or client PCs, 70% of polled attendees said they were not considering it at all, while 23% said that they are investigating or plan to deploy Linux on the desktop.

Of the skills/qualities most frequently lacking in a potential up-and-coming IT leader, 88% of polled attendees cited technical knowledge as the most lacking, followed by communications skills and knowledge of the business. Accordingly, knowledge of the business is the quality that most IT executives (43%) look for in an up-and-coming IT leader. Of how they are fostering the IT executives of the future, 56% of respondents said that they are using mentoring to groom the next generation of IT leaders in the company.

The conference–now the nation's largest gathering of CIOs and executive IT management–concluded with a gala ceremony honoring this year's class of Premier 100 honorees.

"The honorees are a who's who of IT leaders. To speak with them and to listen to how they've addressed challenges that we all have, or will have, is a tremendous opportunity," said Jerry Bartlett, chief information officer, TD Ameritrade. "I've forged some wonderful relationships and am able to reach out to a new group of colleagues as I face new challenges or am looking for advice."

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference also featured a high-profile roster of speakers including:

— Randy Mott, executive VP and CIO, Hewlett-Packard Company

— Warren Bennis, Ph.D., university professor, distinguished professor of business administration and founding chairman of The Leadership Institute, University of Southern California

— Scott Griffin, VP and CIO, Boeing Information Technology

— Tim Stanley, SVP and CIO, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

— Michael Theis, Chief, Cyber Counterintelligence, National Reconnaissance Office

— Dianah Neff, CIO, City of Philadelphia

Computerworld's 2007 Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference will be held March 4-6, 2007 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of enterprise IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (51-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,293,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2005 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events 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 Web sites, 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 .

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