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A Business Forum Round Table Luncheon
The Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa, California

Information Security
With Experts provided by:  Panda Software USA Inc.


Those accepting our invitation to attend included:  Director, Curriculum and Evaluation - EduDyne Foundation * Information Technology Corporate Audit Manager - WestCorp * Director of the Web Development Department - Ricoh Electronics, Inc. * Managing Partner - Phoenix2000 Group * Chief Network Architect - Navigant International corporation * Chief Information Security Officer - Pacific Life Insurance Company * Information Security Officer - Pacific Life Insurance Company * Vice President & Chief Technology Officer - CKE Restaurants, Inc. * Director - Executive Career Services, Inc.* Partner Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP - Information Systems Manager - Tamco Steel Corporation * Chief Financial Writer - Writers Resource Group * Director of Information Systems - Garden Grove Unified School District Security Specialist � C.M.T.C. * Manager Information Protection Services - Automobile Club of Southern California * Information Services Manager - City of Anaheim * Chief Information Officer - University of La Verne * Vice President Information Security Manager - PFF Bank & Trust Corporation

For the benefit of those of our members and supporters who could not
attend the meeting we present the following white papers, with contacts

Antivirus Solutions are one step behind Viruses

Contributed by Panda Software (USA), Inc.

In order to detect and eliminate new viruses, antivirus solutions usually take a reactive approach: they wait for it to appear, infecting its first computers and then they are updated to combat it as soon as possible.  Until now, antivirus protection responded quickly enough to head off new viruses before they could spread widely. For example, Panda's antivirus solutions are updated automatically via the Internet, at least once a day.  However, new viruses and intruders have recently emerged with the capacity to infect thousands of computers in a few hours, before antivirus protection can be updated to combat them. Sasser, Netsky, Mydoom or Sobig are good examples of these new generation viruses, which use new means of propagation and exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems and the most widely used software.

Dedicated Perimeter Protection Strategy

Contributed by Panda Software (USA), Inc.

Latest data indicates that one in every 204 e-mail messages contains a virus, and that 99 percent of viruses enter companies via SMTP mail or HTTP web-browsing. And its not just viruses that cause problems. In January 2003, the SQL Slammer worm hit thousands of servers around the world, exploiting a buffer overflow vulnerability and causing denial of services in SQL servers which resulted in losses estimated, according to Computer Economics, at 705 million euros. What’s more, employee productivity is being increasingly degraded not only due to the time they spend classifying and eliminating the large number of spam messages that reach their inboxes, but also due to the time they spend accessing inappropriate or unauthorized web content, which, if distributed, can damage the corporate image.

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