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

CHICAGO — May 23, 2006 — Today in Chicago, Microsoft Corp. hosted the Security Matters — Microsoft 2006 Security Summits, the fourth 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.

“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 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.

“Security is a complex issue that can make it difficult for IT professionals and developers to implement security measures,” said Janet Kennedy, general manager of the Midwest District at Microsoft. “Our vision for security is to create a world where there is greater trust, where people and organizations can use a range of secure and reliable devices to be more connected to the information, services and people that matter most to them. Microsoft is excited to offer free guidance to our customers in Chicago.”

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