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CALL TO ACTION!!! Protest wireless / homeland security conference in PDX , Oct 2

Heads up!! People need to organize around the upcoming Homeland Security / Wireless industry conference Oct 2nd and the Portland Convention Center. We have provided you with a hypertext research interface, please follow leads and use the comments to share any dirt you can dig up on conference participants. RAINS, Intermec and the Critical Decision Institute seem especially interesting.
Primary source: this page on the Portland Business Alliance website:

NW Wireless and Homeland Security Summit

Thursday, October 02, 2003 08:30 to 05:00

Oregon Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center Location: Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97202 Phone: (503) 224-8684

"Everyone is talking about wireless. Everyone is talking about security. That's why the Portland Business Alliance and Regional Alliances for Infrastructure and Network Security (RAINS) are teaming up to host a powerful one-day event covering the hottest wireless and security solutions available today.
"This content rich event will address the increased local interest in wireless technology through a full day of keynote presentations exhibits and hands-on demonstrations lead by some of the nation's top manufacturers. The conference portion of the program will offer attendees valuable information specific to their individual needs via separate focus tracks based on interest and content:
"A "Must Attend" Event for business and technology professionals
"The Northwest Wireless and Security Conference promises a day of strategic and technical wireless and information security sessions never before offered under one roof. This is a "must attend" event for senior and mid-level IT executives from Northwest corporations, State and local government agencies and educational institutions.
"Portland Business Alliance and RAINS are excited to host the Northwest's only wireless and information security Conference and Expo. Supporting sponsors include Software Association of Oregon, Personal Teleco Project, IEEE and many other organizations. Don't miss what will be a one-of-a-kind event!
"Cost = $59.00 Registration Required"
Wireless tracks include:
· Wireless Networking: applications, solutions
· The Technology: speeds, feeds, standards
· The Wireless Business: ROI, Funding, WiFi/Hot Spots, etc.
· Security: Wireless security, information security
Security tracks include:
? Partnering w/government: Art of contracting, R&D
? Emergency Response: Disaster recovery, RAINS-Net
? Economic Development: Grant writing, funding
? Security: Wireless security, Homeland security
RAINS Homeland Security Summit II
October 2, 2003 ? Oregon Convention Center
Registration & Exhibits Open 8:30am ? 9:20am
All attendees encouraged to arrive early to walk the exhibits
Opening Comments 9:20am - 9:30am
Charles Jennings, RAINS Chairman; Founder, Chairman/CEO, Swan Island Networks
Homeland Security Summit II Featured Speaker 9:30am - 10:30am
Information Age Challenges and Opportunities for Homeland Security
Paul Kurtz, Special Assistant to the President for Critical Infrastructure Protection, Homeland Security Council
All attendees encouraged to arrive early to walk the exhibits
Exhibits & Break 10:30am - 10:50am
Homeland Security Summit II AM Workshops 10:50am - 11:40am (Choose one to attend)
10:50am - 11:40am
The Art of Government Contracting: Deciphering the Vegetable Soup
Presented by Karen Schneider, EID Passport; and Sean Jordan, Flir Systems
They will cover government contracting culture, protocols and procedures; different contracting methods and types, contract terminology - and what it all means to you.
10:50am - 11:40am
Finding, Writing and Keeping Grants
Panelists: Bill Feyerherm, vice provost of research and graduate studies at Portland State University; John Launchbury, CEO, Galois Connections; and John Kuypers, project administrator for the Regional Maritime Security Coalition-Columbia River. Moderator: Mike Francis, chief analyst, Swan Island Networks Inc. This panel of experienced executives will discuss ways to identify appropriate grants, write effective proposals and manage programs and relationships with grantors.
10:50am - 11:40am
RAINS-Net:The Nation's First Automated Emergency 9-1-1 System Demo and update presented by Carl Simpson, Director, Bureau of Emergency Communications, City of Portland; Richard MacKnight, Director of RAINS-Net; and Charles Jennings, RAINS Chairman. Learn how your organization can get involved and potentially linked into the pilot system.
Wireless Security Power Panel Luncheon 11:45am - 1:00pm
Security is the major issue in the wireless technology industry. Hackers will look to access both wired and unwired networks alike. This panel will discuss plans, procedures and the challenges, but prove wireless security technology has evolved and what solutions are available today.
11:45am - 1:00pm
Jason Grant, Wireless Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Zot O'Connor, CEO, White Knight Hackers
Roger Deeringer, Market Manager: CDMA Data, Lucent Technologies
Moderator: Rich Bader, CEO, EasyStreet Online Services
(Lunch is complimentary for conference attendees and $25 for exhibitors wanting to attend.)
Exhibits & Break 1:00pm - 1:40 pm
Homeland Security Summit II PM Workshops 1:40pm - 2:30pm
(Choose one to attend)
1:40pm - 2:30pm
The Art of Government Contracting - Deciphering the Vegetable Soup Presented by Karen Schneider, EID Passport; and Sean Jordan, Flir Systems
They will cover government contracting culture, protocols and procedures; different contracting methods and types, contract terminology - and what it all means to you.
1:40pm - 2:30pm
Finding, Writing and Keeping Grants
Panelists: Bill Feyerherm, vice provost of research and graduate studies at Portland State University; John Launchbury, CEO, Galois Connections; and John Kuypers, project administrator for the Regional Maritime Security Coalition-Columbia River. Moderator: Mike Francis, chief analyst, Swan Island Networks Inc. This panel of experienced executives will discuss ways to identify appropriate grants, write effective proposals and manage programs and relationships with grantors.
1:40pm - 2:30pm
Homeland Security Policy from the Local, National and International Perspective
Panel includes Major General Thomas Wilkerson, USMC (Ret.); Dr. Yoshiyasu Takefuji, Professor, Keio University, Japan; RAINS Chairman Charles Jennings; and Marc Pearl, Principal & CEO, IT Policy Solutions, LLC.
Homeland Security Summit II PM Workshops 2:40pm - 3:30pm
(Choose one to attend)
2:40pm - 3:30pm
The Critical Decision Institute (CDI) and its Role in Disaster Decision Making
Speakers Ron Tammen, CDI Board Chair and Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and CDI Executive Director Greg Hendricks. When an event-be it a terrorist episode, natural disaster, a health emergency, or a massive system failure--is permeable enough to leak across communities, the footprint of stakeholders is, quite simply, far larger than any single law enforcement department or public safety official. Everyone can be affected. Having good information and prepared disaster decision making capacity are two keys to minimizing loss and disruption, and restoring the community. That's what CDI is about. In this session the presenters will discuss the objectives of the Portland-based CDI, the audiences it serves, and how its novel approach is filling a void in the homeland security and public safety arenas.
2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cross-fertilizations: Academic Research and Industry
Sarah Mocas of PSU moderates a panel discussion about academic/industry issues including transitioning near-term research into industry, and models for academic-industry partnerships including incubation. Panel to include representatives from OGI,
UO, PSU and several companies that either began as research efforts or that are working with university researchers.
2:40pm - 3:30pm
RAINS-Net The Nation's First Automated Emergency 9-1-1 System
Demo and update presented by Carl Simpson, Director, Bureau of Emergency Communications, City of Portland; Richard MacKnight, Director of RAINS-Net; and Charles Jennings, RAINS Chairman. Learn how your organization can get involved and potentially linked into the pilot system.
Executive Reception & Exhibits 3:30pm - 5:00pm Door & passport prizes distributed, must be present to win
Rooms and titles subject to change based on availability
Cost is $59.00, save $20 if registered by September 26th and includes a full day of featured speakers, conference tracks, luncheon, executive reception, wireless consumer showcase and admission to all exhibits.
Price after September 26th including on-site registration is $79 per person. Group discounts: Purchase 4 or more conference passes and receive $10 off each conference admission.


2003 NW Wireless Conference
Registration & Exhibits Open 8:30am - 9:20am
All attendees encouraged to arrive early to walk the exhibits
NW Wireless Conference Featured Speaker 9:30am - 10:20am
"Shift Happens: Making & Losing Money on Wireless Transitions?"
Stephen Saltzman, Director Strategic Investments, Broadband and Wireless, Intel Capital
Exhibits & Break 10:20am - 10:45am
NW Wireless Conference AM Workshops 10:45am - 11:35am
(Choose one to attend)
10:45am - 11:35am
Standards & Roadmaps
Presented by Prakash Iyer, Senior staff architect, Intel's Network Architecture Lab
10:45am - 11:35am
Hot Spots & ROI
Presented by Lovina McMurchy, VP Venture Development, Starbucks.com
10:45am - 11:35am
Real Wireless Applications & Solutions Panel
A "Real World Solutions Q & A" power panel. Featuring End-Users who have implemented cost effective and practical solutions in the NW
Jon Peters, Communications Manager, Washington State Ferries, WA-DOT
Ben Berry, Chief Technology Officer, Providence Health System
Moderator - Karl DeLyria, MetaSkills Consulting Group
10:45am - 11:35am
Network & Information Security Update
Gary Halleen, Systems Engineer, Advanced Technology, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Wireless Security Power Panel Luncheon 11:45 - 1:00 p.m.
Security is the major issue in the wireless technology industry. Hackers will look to access both wired and unwired networks alike. This panel will discuss plans, procedures and the challenges, but prove wireless security technology has evolved and what solutions are available today.
11:45am - 1:00pm
Jason Grant, Wireless Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Microsoft
Lucent Technologies
Moderator - Rich Bader, CEO, EasyStreet Online Services
Exhibits & Break 1:00pm - 1:30pm
NW Wireless Conference PM Workshops 1:40pm - 2:30pm
(Choose one to attend)
1:40 - 2:30 p.m.
Intro to Wireless LAN - Today and Tomorrow
Jason Grant, Wireless Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.
1:40 - 2:30 p.m.
Mobility & Your Workforce - Profiting From Mobile Data Intermec
Learn from peer to peer experiences how businesses are using wireless technologies to increase sales, customer service and productivity. Wireless technology is not just a cost, but a necessity for business today.
1:40 - 2:30 p.m.
Payback for Mobile Converged VoIP and Data
David Keller, Senior Business Analyst, TeleSym
The US workforce spends less than half its time at a desk. WLANs have freed millions of workers to rove with their data applications, while their VoIP or circuit phones remain wired to their desks. Cell phones, pagers, and radios present more problems in terms of cost, time, and accuracy than they are worth. Use cases in a number of major verticals and horizontals prove tremendous value in adding VoIP software on the same devices already used for data (laptop, tablet, PDA, scanners, kiosks, etc.) on wireless LANs or wired connections...so long as call quality and resistance to dropping are similar to land-line experience. Multiple cases studies with hard and soft ROI -- with live demonstration.
1:40 - 2:30 p.m.
Unlicensed Wireless at Work for You
Presented by Rick Lindahl, President, Invictus Networks
Real work place examples of cost effective wireless networking.
From indoor wireless LAN to outdoor building-to-building networks. How can these new and emerging technologies save you time and money while increasing productivity?
NW Wireless Conference PM Workshops 2:40 - 3:30 p.m.
(Choose one to attend)
2:40pm - 3:30pm
High-Speed Mobile Data Services Have Arrived
Steve Linke, Senior Manager, Enterprise Market Development, QUALCOMM, Inc.
This session will provide an overview of the wireless industry - past, present and future. See how third generation CDMA wireless technology is taking businesses to the next level by increasing productivity, efficiencies and impacting the bottom line with real-time access to corporate data across the U.S. See how companies are using wireless data to benefit their business today.
2:40pm - 3:30pm
Wireless Investments - Where is the money going
James Latham, COO, Ubiquity.net
ROI and WIFI Business Models
Discuss what funding is available and evaluate differing business models for delivering WiFi capabilities to various market segments. Present and analyze the value chain of delivery for WiFi services to business, residential, and other market segments. Assess the cost of each value chain element and the value delivered.
2:40pm - 3:30pm
Microsoft Mobile Devices
Presented by Microsoft & Verizon Wireless
Microsoft and Verizon Wireless will showcase what the latest business devices are and how the mobile sales or field force can increase sales, productivity and stay connected with customers and the main office at all times.
v2:40pm - 3:30pm
Wireless Security: How to Identify and Close Wireless LAN Security Holes and Maintain Them
Todd Koopman Network Security Engineer / VPN Design Engineer, Sonic Wall vIf your organization has deployed, or is considering WLANs, this session is for you. Wireless LANs offer significant benefits to your enterprises, but IT managers debate how to secure them. While WLANs have significant security vulnerabilities, they can be effectively secured. This educational seminar will provide you with a thorough understanding of WLAN security risks. More importantly, you will learn about various approaches to security that you can adopt to secure and maintain an enterprise WLAN. This session will provide real world examples and best practices.
Executive Reception & Exhibits 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Door & passport prizes distributed, must be present to win Rooms and titles subject to change based on availability
Cost is $59.00, save $20 if registered by September 26th and includes a full day of featured speakers, conference tracks, luncheon, executive reception, wireless consumer showcase and admission to all exhibits.
Price after September 26th including on-site registration is $79 per person. Group discounts: Purchase 4 or more conference passes and receive $10 off each conference admission. Visit www.portlandalliance.com for additional details.

Information on attendees:


Presenting Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsors:

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is a value-add-reseller and distributor of more than a dozen fixed-wireless vendors as well as communication edge manufacturers. We also provide turn-key installation services. 13440 SW Streamside Ct., Lake Oswego, Oregon, 97035 (map) Tel: (503) 635-2562 Fax: (253) 322-3633 info@invictusnetworks.com

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Polar Systems, Inc., founded in 1981, has one of the largest installed bases of local & wide area networks in Oregon & SW Washington. Our diverse client list includes many of the best-known companies and government agencies in the area. Polar Systems is a charter member of the Microsoft Certified Partner program and is recognized as the oldest Platinum level Novell partner in Oregon. Polar Systems is one of a small, select group of Cisco Premier Partners who are certified as "VPN/Security Specialists". Polar Systems also offers software integration and development services, specializing in financial and accounting solutions for business and non-profit organization. In 1993, Charlie Tragesser purchased Polar Systems following a successful twenty-two year career in sales, marketing, and general management with the IBM Corporation. He transitioned Polar Systems from a product company that sold services to a network consulting services company that sells products. Our solutions range from network administration to high-level risk assessment and security policy development. Our team of highly trained and certified network engineers and business design consultants include experts in infrastructure, security, communications, data storage, remote computing, disaster recovery, recurring administration, monitoring, and software applications.

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Fortix is a leader in complex hosting, network services and advanced Internet applications for enterprises that seek performance advantages and cost-efficiency through the strategic outsourcing of their IT infrastructure. When we launched FORTiX in 1999, we did so with the intention of providing a local solution for companies requiring world class co-location and managed hosting. As we worked closely with our customers, we realized that there was an entire suite of outsourcing solutions our customers required. Plus, these solutions were different depending upon the customer's core competencies, their reliance on their network, and their willingness to make significant capital expenditures. To meet these needs, we have expanded our services to include a complete range of netsourced managed solutions including facilities management, application hosting, and several degrees of business continuity services. And we continue to add services and solutions in response to the needs of our customers and the regional business community. Our latest offering, Disaster Recovery / Mainframe Management, is in direct response to requests from regional enterprise businesses for help in making contingency plans in the event they are required to change service providers on short notice, an all too common occurrence in these challenging financial times. We will continue to grow and adapt to accommodate the changing needs of our customers and the rapidly changing technology of the Internet age. The only element of our business that will remain constant is our unwavering commitment to customer service. We are locally owned, locally managed but nationally involved. You can visit our facility or talk to our engineers and management at a moment's notice.


Silver Sponsor:

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Symbol Technologies is a world leader in mobile data management systems and services. The company approaches the market with: Innovative, high-performance products, principally laser bar code scanners, hand-held computers and wireless communications networks for voice and data; the company adds deep value with complementary capabilities in ergonomics, ruggedization, miniaturization and power management. Industry systems expertise, and business partnerships delivering value-added capabilities in retailing, transportation/logistics, warehousing, manufacturing, healthcare, education, government/military, hospitality and finance. Superior professional services, customer support, and education and training worldwide.

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InFocus® Corporation (NASDAQ: INFS) (OSE: IFC), the worldwide leader in digital projection technology and solutions, enhances thinking, learning and creativity in boardrooms, meeting rooms and classrooms and delivers superior home entertainment experiences by vividly projecting larger-than-life images from multiple sources including computers, DVD players, and PDAs. From the smallest and lightest mobile projectors and feature-packed meeting room products to the finest and most compact home entertainment solutions, InFocus has garnered industry acclaim for design, functionality and intuitive solutions for its ASK?, InFocus®, Proxima® and ScreenPlay? products. InFocus maintains global headquarters in Wilsonville, Oregon; European headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Asia Pacific operations in Singapore; design and research centers in Wilsonville, Oregon and Fredrikstad, Norway; and sales offices that serve more than 85 countries worldwide. InFocus Corporate Headquarters 27700B SW Parkway Avenue, Wilsonville, OR, USA 97070-9215 (map), Phone: 503-685-8888, Toll Free: 800-294-6400, Fax: 503-685-8887, E-Mail: info@infocus.com


Bronze Sponsor:

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Intermec Technologies Corp. is perhaps best known as the inventor of the world's most widely used bar code symbology. Intermec today provides supply chain information products, services and systems to companies in hundreds of industries around the world.
Supply chain information systems allow companies to compile previously unheard of amounts of information from one end of an enterprise to the other. That?s information companies can use to reduce inventory, cut labor costs, speed manufacturing and improve profitability. For example, Intermec products and services allow major automakers to track components and parts through assembly, hospitals to track equipment and supplies, e-commerce companies to speed fulfillment, and shoppers to automate purchases.
Intermec Technologies is a division of UNOVA Inc., a $1.3 billion industrial technologies company. Intermec is a strong combination of three industry leaders: Intermec, Norand Corp. and United Barcode Industries. Today known as Intermec Technologies, Intermec is a company dedicated to helping companies use supply chain information systems to improve efficiency and profitability.
Customers
Intermec serves thousands of companies worldwide, including 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies and 60 percent of the Fortune 100.
Products
Intermec develops, manufactures and integrates wired and wireless automated data collection, Intellitag® RFID (radio frequency identification) and mobile computing systems for companies worldwide. Its total solution approach offers companies assurance that, with Intermec?s network of leading technology partners, Intermec and its team can provide complete answers to companies? supply chain information requirements, from concept to completion.
Intermec's mobile computing products combine state-of-the-art PC power with application software to reduce labor costs and to increase front-line workers' efficiency, productivity and profitability. Intermec's wireless data systems allow customers to identify, track and monitor almost anything that moves. The systems include wireless LANs that support a complete range of current and anticipated wireless technologies and are easily integrated into fixed high-speed LAN-based solutions.
Intermec?s data capture devices include wands, scanners, imagers, charge coupled devices (CCDs), laser scanners and wedges, as well as some of the newest personal scanning devices available today. Intermec?s IntellitagTM radio frequency identification technology allows companies to track items automatically with read and write capability unparalleled in the industry - without the line of sight requirements of traditional data collection.
Intermec?s bar code printers, supported by Intermec media and label supplies, can handle any bar code printing requirement, from the most rugged environments to the most refined.
Local area data management systems by Intermec include handheld, vehicle-mounted and stationary computer networking terminals tailored to specific applications, host environments and bar code networks.
Solutions Teams
Whether Retail, Healthcare, Logistics, Manufacturing or Field Service, Intermec?s solutions teams are dedicated to one mission: providing complete, targeted solutions to customers in their markets.
Intermec Technologies Corporation Corporate World Headquarters, 6001 - 36th Avenue West, Everett, WA 98203-1264, (map), Phone: 425-348-2600, Fax: 425-355-9551

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Verizon Communications, (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of high-growth communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with over 137 million access line equivalents and over 34 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the world's largest provider of print and online directory information. A Fortune 10 company with more than 221,000 employees and $67 billion in 2002 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to over 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

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Inflow is a leading provider of facilities-based information technology outsourcing solutions for companies managing mission-critical business and network applications. We offer customers a cost-effective outsourced alternative that is secure, redundant and fully managed. Inflow?s services are designed to help customers increase revenues, decrease costs and enhance productivity.
Our goal is to ensure the utter satisfaction of each and every customer. We use an independent firm to survey that satisfaction and we stake our teams? bonuses on the results. Last year we scored a ?9.1? overall satisfaction rating, on a scale of 1 to 10. (The industry average is 7.9.)
2003 marks Inflow?s sixth year in business. We currently serve more than 750 satisfied customers from IDCs in 12 markets throughout the U.S., including Hoover?s Online, Frontier Airlines, Comcast Cable, and Honda (North America), and Inflow gains more customers each day.
The previous two years have taken their toll on the high-tech sector, but Inflow?s performance has remained strong and has allowed us to emerge as an industry leader. Our continued strong cash flow, investor commitments and cost-cutting focus has allowed us to streamline operations and stay on track with company profitability goals. Inflow generated $51.5 million in total revenues in 2002, up 193% from $17.6 million in 2000, and will be cash flow-positive in 2003. Inflow is backed by 16 financial institutions who have put over $300 million into the company.
Operationally, we continue to excel, offering best-in-class services at a competitive price. Supporting our operations is a team of highly trained employees and over 400 ISO qualified operational procedures. We are passionately dedicated to the quality of our team and commitment to sound process. Because of our unfaltering customer service, Inflow has never lost a single customer due to a customer service issue.
To help customers adapt to whatever the marketplace demands, Inflow has concentrated heavily on product development and has created three main lines of business:
Application Hosting and Management: Inflow manages all the technologies necessary to maintain a web-based application.
Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery: Inflow delivers a back up site solution that fits your recovery time and budget constraints.
Enterprise Datacenter Management: Inflow uses its processes, procedures and proprietary workflow engine to help you improve the efficiency of your data center operations.
We are confident our solutions will be a great fit for your needs, and we look forward to earning your business! [For more information on Inflow?s products and services, please e-mail information@inflow.com. We will get back to you immediately.]
Sincerely,
Art Zeile, CEO
Download Know Inflow datasheet (.PDF)
Portland Inflow Data Center, 1233 NW 12th Avenue Suite 201, Portland, OR 97209, (map), 503.553.7800 phone, 503.553.7803 fax, 877-2INFLOW


Supporting Sponsors:

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The Software Association of Oregon (SAO) was formed in 1989 to promote the quality and growth of Oregon's software industry. Over the years the number of software companies in Oregon has continually grown where today the industry comprises more than 1,800 companies and employs more than 13,000 Oregonians, accounting for more than $1.5 billion of Oregon's annual revenue. The SAO has been true to its mission to "foster an environment that promotes the explosive growth of Oregon's software industry."
SAO's membership--more than 750 strong--includes software companies of virtually every type and description, as well as strategically important support companies, individuals, educational and other non-profit partners. More info.

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The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.
MEMBERSHIP
With active participation from individuals and chapters all over the world, the ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for security professionals. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government.
The ISSA international board consists of some of the most influential people in the security industry, with representatives from Dell Computer Corporation, EDS, Forrester Research Inc., Symantec and Washington Mutual. With an international communications network developed throughout the industry, the ISSA is focused on maintaining its position as The Global Voice of Information Security.
GOALS
The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information resources. The ISSA facilitates interaction and education to create a more successful environment for global information systems security and for the professionals involved.
ACTIVITIES
The following list includes some of the important ways that ISSA members work toward achieving the Association's goals:
Organize international conferences, local chapter meetings and seminars that offer educational programs, training and valuable networking opportunities.
Provide access to information through the ISSA website as well as an online newsletter and monthly journal.
Offer support for professional certification and development opportunities for security practitioners.
Create opportunities for members to join committees and boards, which provide significant leadership for the security industry.
Facilitate discussion and feedback on key issues, such as the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, in order to create a unified voice for security professionals around the world that can influence public opinion, government regulations, the media and other important audiences.
Chapters:
PORTLAND CHAPTER
Tim Sandage - ISSA Chapter President
Oregon City, OR
E-mail: tim.sandage@orport.ang.af.mil (that's Air Force dot military. hmmmmm...)
WESTERN OREGON CHAPTER- (In Development)
Jim Joudrey - ISSA Chapter Founder
Eugene/Springfield, OR
E-mail: jjoudrey@timberproducts.com

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Business Wire disseminates full-text news announcements from thousands of companies and organizations worldwide (our members) to news media, financial markets, disclosure systems, investors, information web sites, databases and other audiences.
With more than four decades of experience and leadership, Business Wire is a trusted source for journalists, investors, regulatory agencies, and communications professionals. In fact, Business Wire enables companies to fulfill the disclosure requirements in many countries, including the US, UK, Canada, France and Germany as well as reach financial audiences around the globe.
The Wire Service
Business Wire's worldwide team of experts has built the most comprehensive news network ever assembled. With access to more than 60 leading news agencies throughout the world in addition to our proprietary network technology, Business Wire ensures that news is delivered to audiences in each market via their preferred manner and in their preferred language. Our members direct where they want their news disseminated, specifying the geographic markets, industry audiences and editorial desks most appropriate for the announcements.
Our network delivers news simultaneously and in real-time directly into the newsroom editorial systems at newspapers, wire services, television and radio programs, magazines and online news services. Journalists rely on the Business Wire file as they plan their news coverage. In addition, full-text news is placed into the news systems of leading Internet portals, financial and research databases, news and information sites, and content syndicates.
A Wide Range of News Content
Business Wire is used by public relations and investor relations professionals to disseminate news releases, photos, multimedia, regulatory filings and other information. News release subjects include breaking news, earnings results, product announcements, mergers and acquisitions, public policy, legal issues, webcasts, press conference advisories and more.
Our name says Business Wire but we're so much more. Our members turn to us to target news in any of more than 100 different industries, including automotive, biosciences, entertainment, government, health, sports, technology and telecommunications. And, with a worldwide client base, Business Wire carries news of relevance to every region of the world.


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The Portland Business Alliance (The Alliance) is the new voice for the business community in the Portland metropolitan area. Born of a merger between the Association for Portland Progress (APP) and the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), The Alliance combines the regional strength and presence of the 135 year-old Chamber with the visionary downtown management, marketing, and development expertise of APP.
Such a combination of resources creates additional value in several new and enhanced ways for its members and community.
FUNDAMENTAL ASSUMPTIONS OF THE MERGER
A strong singular voice
The combined entity creates a bold, clear and engaged voice for a targeted set of public policy issues important to the business community at the local, regional, state and federal levels. By doing so, The Alliance assumes a key leadership role in shaping the kind of community in which area businesses operate.
Enhanced small business services
The majority of the almost 2,000 businesses represented in the combined organization are small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Business assistance, advocacy, educational programs and other tools that advance the likelihood of success remain essential offerings of the new entity.
An unwavering commitment to maintaining Central City vitality
Downtown Portland is a model of innovation, livability and revitalization success throughout the world. Maintaining and improving transportation, retail, entertainment and tourism will remain a primary focus of The Alliance. Programs associated with the Downtown Clean & Safe Business Improvement District and the Smart Park system are critical to the shared mission and will not change in the merger. Without a vibrant Central City, a vital and prosperous region would not exist.
Elimination of duplicative efforts
The substantial savings realized from eliminating duplicative delivery systems, programming and administrative and housing costs can be applied to new and reinvigorated services.
The Vision
Our community as one of the most prosperous and livable in the world.

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RAINS is involved in a variety of events and initiatives both independently and in conjunction with the Oregon University System, the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD), our elected officials, and other industry associations. The following are representative of RAINS activities.
INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES RAINS Security Summit, Portland, OR. - This event drew 400 participants from public and private industry and universities. Noted national and local speakers addressed critical issues, needs and opportunities. A blue-ribbon panel discussed critical infrastructure. The closing Call to Action drew strong lists of volunteers for each of three critical industry initiatives. . A follow-up survey indicated high levels of attendee satisfaction, and elicited input and suggestions for future RAINS events. (March 2003)
RAINS-Net launched at RAINS Security Summit - Executives of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Defense, members of Congress and officials from Washington, D.C., were on hand for the unveiling of RAINS-Net. (See related press):
-Computer World, Regional info-sharing network takes hold in Oregon
-Federal Computer Week, RAINS showcases secure info
RAINS Cybersecurity Showcase, Washington, D.C. - Oregon Senators Wyden and Smith and Richard Clarke (then Special Advisor to the President for Cybersecurity) supported this event, showcasing eight Oregon companies presenting to executives of major federal agencies and system integrators. (November 2002)
Homeland Security Expo, Washington, D.C. - Nine Oregon companies participated under the RAINS banner in this widely reported tradeshow. (September 2002)
Showcase for Richard Clarke and Howard Schmidt, Portland, OR. - RAINS hosted a cybersecurity showcase where six Oregon companies presented to Richard Clarke and Howard Schmidt, then Vice Chairman, President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. (June 2002)
PUBLIC POLICY INITIATIVES
Oregon Business Plan Focus Group - RAINS contributed to the Oregon Business Plan, an Oregon Business Council effort to provide a unified voice for business in developing a strong future for the Oregon economy. (October 2002)
OECDD Challenge of Change Conference - RAINS participated in this annual economic conference, in a session on Oregon's cybersecurity cluster. (October 2002)
Position Paper on National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace - RAINS submitted a position paper on draft National Strategy issued by the President's Critical Infrastructure Board. (September 2002)
Town Hall Meeting, Portland - RAINS co-hosted one (of only four) nationally held meetings at Portland State University. The meeting was organized by Richard Clarke's office as an information exchange about national cybersecurity. (June 2002)
HIGHER EDUCATION EFFORTS
RAINS higher education representatives are collaborating with homeland security and cybersecurity companies to secure research and development funding, develop curricula, and enhance technology transfer.


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Protest it why, exactly? 26.Sep.2003 23:18

George Spiggott spiggott@fsmail.net

You haven't explained what is objectionable about this conference. Is there a link to some discussion about what negative things that this conference proposes to do? It does contain the words "homeland security", whch has objectionable overtones for many of us, but as far as I can see from the descriptoin, this refers to things like emergency and disaster response in a wireless context. What's more, some of the listed participants are grassroots wireless activists from here in the Northwest.

Can you clarify what the objective of such a protest would be?