IDC VP Presents Keynote On Mainframe Security

At Vanguard Security Conference, Christian Christiansen discusses how new threats are colliding with mainframe security, and the latest strategies and solutions for addressing mainframe security challenges

June 2, 2009

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading independent provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, today announced that Christian Christiansen, vice president of Security Products and Services Research at IDC will present a keynote address entitled "Mainframe Security: Enterprise Crisis?" this morning at the Vanguard Security Conference. Christiansen will discuss enterprise security trends and attack methodologies, how new threats are colliding with mainframe security and the latest strategies and solutions for addressing mainframe security challenges.

"Many organizations operate under the false assumption that the mainframe is, by default, secure. However, mainframe security is at risk and the pervasiveness of these systems presents a serious threat to enterprises and government agencies," explained Christiansen. "Little consideration has been given to changes in the way mainframes are used and how their data is accessed; including desktop connectivity over the network or through the Internet via web applications. These changes, combined with an exponentially increasing number of users, are introducing new risks that organizations need to be aware of."

"Mainframes are the core foundation and backbone of our critical information infrastructure. Most organizations are not providing adequate safeguards to ensure that these mission critical environments are secure and adhering to strict regulatory guidelines," said Ronn Bailey, CEO and CTO at Vanguard. "Many senior level corporate executives and government officials aren't aware of the risks they are facing. We look forward to hearing Christiansen's perspective on this very critical issue."

Christiansen is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in information security technologies. His insight and comments regularly appear in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fortune, and Computerworld.

The Vanguard Security Conference, the world's premier RACF(R), System z (R), and enterprise security conferences, has been training security professionals to better defend their mainframes from emerging threats for 23 years. This year's conference, May 31st through June 4th in Jacksonville, Florida, offers more than 90 training sessions and the sessions are taught by 37 leading industry professionals.

About Vanguard Integrity Professionals

Vanguard Integrity Professionals provides enterprise security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges for government agencies and corporations around the world. With solutions for Identity and Access Management, Audit and Compliance, Security Management and Intrusion Detection, Vanguard automates processes necessary to identify and mitigate the risks customers face. Vanguard's customers receive a rapid return on investment and are able to focus on other critical business needs thereby becoming more productive and more secure. For more information, visit

RACF and System z are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in theUnited Statesand/or other countries.

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