IDC’s Security Forum West to Provide Essential Guidance for Organizations Investigating the Next Frontiers in Security and Business Continuity

FRAMINGHAM, MA – January 27, 2005 – As organizations struggle to strike a balance between security and the pursuit of business opportunity, they head further and further into uncharted waters. IDC's Security Forum West: Investigating the Next Frontiers in Security and Business Continuity, to be held May 11, 2005 in San Francisco, will provide enterprise decision-makers with an objective evaluation of emerging technologies as well as benchmarking opportunities that focus on the technical, financial, policy, and communication issues that are critical to understand as attacks on computer systems multiply and new challenges in safeguarding information continue to arise.

Forum attendees will hear from leading security practitioners and thought leaders, including:

— Bob Bragdon, Publisher, CSO Magazine and Conference Chair

— Mark Cheviron, Corporate Vice President, Director of Corporate Security and Services, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

— Christian A. Christiansen, Program Vice President, Security Products Research, IDC

— Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Security Officer, Oracle

— Dave Jevans, Chairman, Anti-Phishing Working Group

— John Pontrelli, CPP, CISSP, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, TriWest Healthcare Alliance

— Howard Schmidt, CISSP, CISM, Former White House Cyber Security Advisor

— Paul Simmonds, Global Information Security Director, ICI, Plc

— Adam Stein, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Fortinet, Inc.

Attendees will find answers to questions such as:

— What opportunities and challenges exist within the functional convergence of infosec and physec disciplines?

— What are the solutions for operating in a corporate environment without traditional "hardened" borders?

— What does IDC's latest marketplace research predict the evolution and the benefits of Secure Ecosystems will be?

— How can you proactively deal with hostile user behavior and malicious code eradication?

— What are the key components of a comprehensive set of tools involving processes, people and technology to combat the threats we see today and in the future?

Sponsors and partners of the IDC Security Forum West include Fortinet, Inc., Websense, Inc., Business Management America Magazine, CSO Magazine, Contingency Planning Exchange, Inc., CXO America Magazine, InfoWorld, Software Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

For more information or to register for this conference, please visit

Security Forum East: Minimize Risk Through Infrastructure Security and Business Continuity will be held in New York City in September, 2005. For details on this event visit

To learn about IDC conference sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jess Black at 508-988-7995 or

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