Microsoft and CMP Media Create TechNet Magazine, A Special Security Edition for IT Professionals

SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2004 — Microsoft Corporation and CMP Media are scheduled to publish TechNet Magazine, in conjunction with MSDN Magazine’s security-focused issue, due out in Fall 2004. The special edition is targeted to IT professionals and will feature security articles, such as “Integrated Security for Windows and Unix” and “Protecting Passwords: Secrets Revealed.”

Grant Duers, Director of MSDN Magazine, said, “As everyone in the business knows, system security is an extremely complex and challenging area. Microsoft and CMP conducted extensive research in the market space and found a lack of high quality security information for the IT professional. The TechNet Magazine special edition will provide the kind of information and real-world solutions that have been missing.”

The special edition magazine will be distributed to Microsoft’s TechNet community. In addition, the magazine will be available to qualified IT Professionals and sold on the newsstand. As part of the commitment to support the TechNet and IT Pro communities, TechNet Magazine will replicate the successful MSDN Magazine model of full online content available when the magazine reaches the newsstand.

Joshua Trupin, Executive Editor of MSDN Magazine, said, “Security in the IT space means much more than just patch management. TechNet Magazine will provide in-depth, hands-on information that IT professionals can use in their daily work, from recognizing and preventing hacking attempts to securing passwords and fortifying networked systems. Just as MSDN Magazine offers the deepest coverage for the developer, TechNet Magazine will provide detailed analysis and real assistance for the top security issues in the IT space.”

TechNet ( www.microsoft.com/technet ) is an information and community resource designed for IT professionals. The TechNet program currently includes the TechNet website, TechNet CD/DVD Subscription, technical briefings including events and webcasts, TechNet Flash Newsletter, and TechNet Software Assurance benefits. TechNet Magazine is part of the Microsoft TechNet family.

The special edition will be published by CMP Media, publisher of leading high-tech publications, and Microsoft. The special edition will be created and managed by the same successful team that produces MSDN Magazine, the number one developer book in the industry. The special edition is scheduled to be on newsstands in Fall 2004.

About CMP Media LLC

CMP Media LLC ( http://www.cmp.com ) is a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum — the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences and custom publishing.

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