(ISC)2(R) SecureAmericas D.C.-Area Event to Address Information Security 'Hot Button' Issues

VIENNA, Va. , May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISC)2(R) ("ISC-squared"), the non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, today announced its fourth annual 2008 SecureAmericas information security conference scheduled for May 21-22 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner in Vienna, Va. The two-day conference agenda will include simultaneous tracks on 1) government security and 2) professional development and enterprise management and will feature speakers recognized as those standing on the forefront of the industry's "hot button" issues.

The event will include a "town-hall" meeting keynote featuring members of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th president -- Amit Yoran , chairman and CEO of NetWitness Corp., Jerry Dixon , former director of the National Cyber Security Division at U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Bruce McConnell , president of McConnell International and Government Futures. Participants will outline some of the Commission's primary security agenda items to address with the next president of the United States when he or she takes office. The session moderator, Lynn McNulty , CISSP, director of government affairs at (ISC)2, will then open up the discussion to the audience, who will have a chance to bring up major security issues they feel the Commission should address with the next president.

Amit Yoran will discuss the future of the government's information assurance program in a separate session entitled, "Through the Looking Glass: Looking at the Future of the U.S. Government's Cybersecurity Strategy." During this session, Mr. Yoran will further define how networks and systems should be securely validated in today's threat environment and what kinds of information on attacks should be shared across agencies.

Also featured on the agenda is keynote speaker Mischel Kwon , deputy director for IT Security Staff (ITSS), acting deputy director of IT security and chief security technologist, U.S. Department of Justice, who will be discussing how to architect and secure systems that support an IT-dependent generation in a session entitled, "Defending the Network Against You: The Key to Stronger Security."

"This year's program focuses on the imminent security issues that are certain to impact organizations and the way they do business for years to come," said Eric Green , global development, (ISC)2 Events. "Conference attendees from government and industry alike will gain a much greater perspective on prominent threats and emerging solutions coming out of the latest industry councils, public-private partnerships and thought leaders with a vision for the future."

Other presenters at the event include executives from Alcatel-Lucent, Government Sales Force, Echelon One and more. Event sponsors include Stroz Friedberg, LLC and MANDIANT.

SecureAmericas is part of (ISC)2's Security Leadership Series, a year-round program that provides information security professionals worldwide the chance to advance their knowledge on emerging security issues while interacting with leading industry experts and expanding their peer networks. (ISC)2 certified members may also earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Members of the press are invited to attend SecureAmericas 2008. To register, please contact Irene Fisher , logistics and operations, (ISC)2 Americas Events, at ifisher@isc2.org. For more details on the Security Leadership Series and other (ISC)2 Events, please visit http://www.isc2.org/events.

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The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)2(R)] is the internationally recognized Gold Standard for certifying information security professionals. Founded in 1989, (ISC)2 has certified over 58,000 information security professionals in 135 countries. Based in Palm Harbor, Florida , USA, with offices in Washington, D.C. , London , Hong Kong and Tokyo , (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP(R)) and related concentrations, Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP(R)), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP(R)) credentials to those meeting necessary competency requirements. All (ISC)2 core certifications -- the CISSP, CISSP-ISSEP(R), CISSP-ISSAP(R), CISSP-ISSMP(R), SSCP and CAP -- meet the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)2 also offers a continuing professional education program, a portfolio of education products and services based upon (ISC)2's CBK(R), a taxonomy of information security topics, and is responsible for the annual (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

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