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Gartner IT Security Summit 2004: Avaya Outlines Strategies Businesses Can Use to Help Protect Critical Company Communications


As businesses strive to support an increasingly mobile workforce, tap the cost and productivity benefits of new converged voice and data networks, and respond to customer and vendor requirements for faster and easier access to information, there are growing concerns about how to keep sensitive company communications from falling into the wrong hands. Security experts from Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communications networks and services for businesses, will outline best practices to address these concerns during the Gartner IT Security Summit 2004.


Now in its 10th year, the Gartner IT Security Summit explores techniques and technologies organizations can use to safeguard their information assets. Avaya is a premium sponsor of the event, scheduled for June 6-9 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.


The Avaya security experts on hand for the Summit are members of the Avaya Global Services organization-a group of more than 7,000 specialists experienced in the design, deployment, protection, maintenance and management of enterprise communications around the globe.


Among the speakers at the Summit is Joe Seanor, senior security consultant with Avaya Global Services, who will discuss "Spies and Your Network" from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, in the Maryland Suite. He plans to outline potential threats and network vulnerabilities and the strategies businesses can use to address them before trouble strikes.


"Corporate spies, hackers and even a company's own employees can present a threat to a corporate network," Seanor said. "It's important to know which network resources are most likely to be a target and what tools and techniques you can use to lower your business risk."


Also speaking at the event is Stephen Foster, chief information security officer for Avaya, who will participate in a vendor case study panel from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on June 8 in the Maryland suite. Foster will discuss the security requirements embedded in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Financial Services Modernization Act, and other government laws and regulations governing the information businesses collect and how it is used and protected.


"Complying with privacy regulations goes well beyond protecting information in a company database," Foster said. "It involves information stored on voice mail systems, call recording systems used by company call centers, and even information gathered by Interactive Voice Response systems. In light of the stiff penalties government regulations entail, it is imperative that businesses have comprehensive security policies and procedures in place and the ability to generate reports to verify compliance."


Avaya security consultants will be available in Booth 329 for discussions and to demonstrate security and business continuity solutions for the converged, multivendor networks used by today's distributed enterprises - including media encryption to protect phone calls traveling over a data network and a secure virtual office telecommuter application to improve productivity when employees are away from the office.


About Avaya

Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.


Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site:


About Gartner IT Security Summit

Now in its 10th year, the Gartner IT Security Summit helps attendees make sense of the trends, technologies and opportunities that can safeguard their IT enterprise and its assets before the next threat looms large. The Summit "hits the sweet spot" between strategic planning and tactical advice. It covers the new and emerging technologies as well as the policy, planning and compliance issues that must be understood to serve specific business needs. For more information, visit

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