Security Matters — Microsoft 2006 Security Summits Provide Security Training for New York City Businesses

NEW YORK — May 8, 2006 — Today in New York City, Microsoft Corp. hosted the Security Matters — Microsoft 2006 Security Summits, the third of five one-day educational events that are taking place throughout the United States through the end of June. The company kicked off the series in Atlanta on April 13. 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.

“Today’s digital lifestyle offers new computing opportunities for both personal and business use,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Technology Unit at Microsoft. “Our vision for security is to create a world where people and organizations can use a range of devices to be more reliably and securely connected to information, services and people. The Security Summits serve as a great venue for both IT professionals and developers to learn about security solutions, tools and processes that they can take back to their organizations and put into effect immediately.”

Although technology for protecting systems is available, Microsoft believes that awareness and understanding of processes also have a role in 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 that so many of our security partners have joined us for the Security Summit today to demonstrate how their solutions, integrated with Microsoft’s technologies and strategies, will enable customers to be more connected to the information, services and people that matter most to them,” said Norm Barber, strategic security advisor for the U.S. National Security Team at Microsoft. “Microsoft is excited to offer guidance free of charge to customers in the New York City area.”

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