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Avaya Online Forum Helps Businesses Reduce Risk, Increase Securityof Enterprise Communications

07-09-2003
  • Forum Features Global Online Chat on July 16 AddressingStrategies for Ensuring Secure IP Communications on ConvergedNetworks

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading provider of communications networksand services for businesses, today announced the launch of a newonline forum to help organizations develop strategies for loweringbusiness risk in a rapidly changing global environment. Entitled

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses, today announced the launch ofa new online forum to help organizations develop strategies forlowering business risk in a rapidly changing global environment.Entitled "Reach > Lower Risk," this is the second ina series of Avaya online forums designed to help businesses reducecosts, increase security and grow revenues throughcommunications.

The new forum, now available online at www.businessrealities.com/lower_risk,features insights and perspective from Avaya executives andindustry analyst Nick Lippis, as well as customer case studies fromleading global organizations. Enterprise security news and researchis provided by InformationWeek magazine. A related live,online chat on business risk-reduction strategies will be held at11:00 a.m. E.D.T. Wednesday, July 16, allowing participants to askquestions of Avaya business leaders and other industry experts. Theforum is designed to help companies detect rising informationsecurity threats and learn how they can reduce risk with AvayaCommunications Continuity Solutions. These solutions leverageAvaya's applications, systems and services to help companiesincrease the security and continuity of converged communicationsnetworks.

"To maximize risk reduction, companies should selectinfrastructure solutions with built-in security and businesscontinuity features," said Nick Lippis, president of LippisConsulting. "They also need to acknowledge that reducing riskinvolves not only technology, but also people, processes andpolicies."

In a recent survey of CFOs and other finance executives,Forrester Research found that approximately eight out of 10 wereconcerned with the security of their systems, and well over halfplanned to buy disaster recovery products and services thisyear.1

During the forum, several Avaya customers — including AmericanTruck Business Services, Beijing University and FIFA World Cup™ —share their experiences in using communications technology andservices to lower risk to their business.

Another is the Donna Karan Company, one of the world's leadingfashion design houses, which relies on an Avaya Virtual PrivateNetwork (VPN) solution to route critical business informationsecurely and reliably among eight locations in North America,Europe and Asia. In addition to protecting sensitive businessinformation, the new VPN saves the company an estimated $250,000 ayear in toll costs by routing calls over its own privatenetwork.

"Fast, dependable communications is definitely fundamental toour business," said Ken Meisch, technical support manager at TheDonna Karan Company. "The information we need to stay competitiveflows across our network. As long as we continue to move ourcritical business information around the globe quickly and reliably— without risking privacy, security and confidentiality — we'reahead of the game."

Future interactive online forums include a September session ongrowing revenue. To register to participate in an Avaya onlineforum and chat session, visit www.businessrealities.com/lower_risk.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

1 Sources: Business Technographics, ForresterResearch, February, 2003.
CIOs Alone Can't Measure IT Investments' Impact, Bobby Cameron,Forrester Research, May, 2003.

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