SINET to host series of workshops

San Francisco, California (September 16, 2010) – The Security Innovation Network (SINET), an organization focused on advancing Cybersecurity innovation through public-private collaboration, will kick off the SINET Showcase 2010 with a series of Workshops emphasizing business challenges facing early stage and emerging growth companies. The Pre-Showcase Workshops will be held on October 26, 2010, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the National Press Club.

"High tech emerging companies that are building innovative security technologies represent a significant element of our Nation’s ability to defeat Cybersecurity threats," said Robert Rodriguez, Founder and Chairman of SINET. "It is in the best interest of society when government, industry, academic and investment leaders collaborate to promote a supportive environment that enables these entrepreneurs to survive and thrive. We recruited professionals at the top of their respective industries to lead the SINET Workshops and deliver strong value that can have a lasting impact on their future sustainability."

Sharing the mission of SINET and concurring with the objective of the SINET Workshops, a number of widely renowned and highly successful professionals stepped forward to offer their expertise. Among the recognized experts who will serve as Workshop instructors include:

- Jason D. Crain, Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Dr. Douglas Maughan, Branch Chief, Cyber Security Research and Development, Command, Control and Interoperability Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- David Howe, Chief Executive Officer, Civitas
- Randy Sabett, Partner, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP
- Bob Ackerman, Founder and Managing Director, Allegis Capital
- Paul DiNardo, Vice Chairman and Head of Technology Investment Banking, Montgomery & Co. LLC
- Jim Pflaging, Founder and Principal, Sinergia Advisors
- Greg Alexander, Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services
- Gary Leftkowitz, Vice President of Marketing, Kinamik, formerly Director of Marketing, HP Secure Advantage
- Julie Anixter, Chief Innovation Officer, Maga Design Group
- Dean DeBiase, Chairman, Reboot Partners

The Workshops are designed to give entrepreneurs a competitive advantage. Subjects of each session were carefully selected to present emerging businesses with proven tips and best practices for overcoming challenging business issues, including:

- Start-Ups 101
- Obtaining Federal Research Funding
- Selling to the Federal Government - How to Enter the Federal Government Cyber Security Market and Access the Spend
- The Financing Pitch - Raising Capital in a Down Market: What Works, What Does Not
- M&A Trends and Implications for IT Security Companies
- Partnering Large and Small Companies to Accelerate Innovation & Growth
- Reboot Your Brand: Leveraging Creativity and Innovation to Map Out a Growth Plan for your Organization

Other highlights of the SINET Showcase include:

- Presentations of innovative technologies by 20 emerging companies selected by an esteemed steering and vetting committee
- Thought leaders from across major industries, government, academia and the venture capital and investment banking communities

The SINET Workshops will be held on October 26 from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m., followed by the SINET Showcase on October 27 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Both the Workshops and the Showcase are being held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. To learn more and to register to attend the Showcase and the Workshops, go to The SINET Showcase and Workshops are supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Science & Technology and public and private sponsorships.