Security Matters — Microsoft 2006 Security Summits Provide Security Training for Atlanta Businesses

ATLANTA — April 13, 2006 —Today in Atlanta, Microsoft Corp. kicks off its Security Matters — Microsoft 2006 Security Summits, a series of one-day educational events that will take place in five cities throughout the United States through the end of June. Tailored for the IT professional and developer audiences, the Security Summits will provide security training and education for free. Attendees will learn about key trends in the security industry, hear from experts about how to prepare for advances in security technologies, find out what Microsoft is doing to help customers address risk and build business opportunities, and participate in discussions on specific security topics.

“As part of our commitment to improve security for customers, Microsoft aims to provide timely, relevant and easy-to-understand security guidance to make it easier for customers to maintain a more secure business environment,” said Bret Arsenault, general manager of U.S. Enterprise Security and chief security advisor of the U.S. National Security Team at Microsoft. “The Security Summits are a great venue for both IT professionals and developers to learn about key trends in the security industry, how to prepare for advances in security technologies, and how to develop more secure applications so they can help their businesses be more secure.”

Although technology exists for protecting systems, Microsoft believes that awareness and understanding of processes are key to a successful overall security strategy. Since 2003, Microsoft has provided security training to more than 2 million customers. Targeted at IT professionals and developers, the Security Summits will feature a keynote address from a Microsoft security executive and three technical training tracks for attendees to choose from (two for IT professionals and one for developers), followed by a closing presentation from Microsoft. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on a variety of security topics such as software updating and secure messaging as well how to create reliable and robust applications.

“We are pleased Microsoft has chosen Atlanta to kick off the Security Matters 2006 Security Summit,” said Kirsten Kliphouse, general manager of the Greater Southeast District at Microsoft. “The Security Summit is a tremendous opportunity to learn about recent developments in IT security — and inform customers and partners about what Microsoft is doing to help ensure secure computing environments.”

Further details about the Security Summits and registration can be found at

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