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Security Solutions Discussed by Industry Leaders in SecuritySolutionsWatch.com Interviews With AMAG, HP, ImageWare Systems, March Networks and StrikeForce

RYE BROOK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 04/08/14 -- ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) and StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: SFORD)

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AMAG Technology

Ms. Jody Ross, Vice President of Business Development, AMAG Technology, told us, "AMAG's Symmetry access control system is the best software on the market today. Our software and hardware come packed with features that other manufacturers charge for. The GUI is similar to Microsoft's so it's familiar to everyone, reducing training time, and it integrates to a wide variety of technology partners to provide video, audio, HR, etc. options to customers who need those options. Innovative features such as Alarm Workflow, Task Manager and Threat Level Manager allow security directors to better manage their security team's response times and actions, and secure their building during crisis situations. Symmetry is a leading-edge security system designed for buildings of any kind, which combines all aspects of security into a single well-designed and future-proof software solution suitable for small, large or very large applications."

For the complete interview with Jody Ross: http://www.securitysolutionswatch.com/Interviews/in_Boardroom_AMAG_JodyRoss.html

For more information www.AMAG.com and please see the following links:
About AMAG: http://www.amag.com/About-AMAG-Technology.aspx
AMAG Products: http://www.amag.com/Products.aspx
AMAG Solutions: http://www.amag.com/solutions.aspx
AMAG Services & Support: http://www.amag.com/Support.aspx
AMAG Partners: http://www.amag.com/area-of-interest.aspx
AMAG Case Studies: http://www.amag.com/Case-Studies.aspx
AMAG Resources: http://www.amag.com/library.aspx
AMAG News: http://www.amag.com/library/News.aspx

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HP Enterprise Services

Mr. John Felker, Director, Cyber and Intelligence Strategy, HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector, told us, "HP takes an enterprise view of security which, in turn, helps our clients overcome the limitations typically associated with historical and siloed views of risk mitigation, globalized security and cost reductions. With the increased deployment of digital technologies, frequently operated remotely and unmanned, comes the need for increased cyber- and physical security for critical assets such as SCADA systems. At HP, we don't simply improve your security posture to address threats and manage risk and compliance, we also bring to bear an array of services, solutions and industry-leading technology to ensure you maintain a proactive, mature and agile security posture designed to navigate through ever-evolving threat and regulatory landscapes. By leveraging cloud, big data and mobility initiatives, you can evolve into a more proactive operating model which will increase productivity, optimize resource utilization and help you build and maintain safe, secure and environmentally sound operations."

For the complete interview with John Felker: http://www.securitysolutionswatch.com/Interviews/in_Boardroom_HP_JohnFelker.html

For more information on these topics:
Risk Management and Compliance for US Public Sector
(http://www8.hp.com/us/en/industries/public-sector.html?compURI=1087503#.UvHmo7S6mJE)
Cybersecurity for U.S. Public Sector (http://www8.hp.com/us/en/industries/public-sector.html?compURI=1087497)
Public Sector Services and Solutions (http://www8.hp.com/us/en/industries/public-sector.html?compURI=1131347)

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ImageWare Systems
www.iwsinc.com

ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) (ImageWare), a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, has issued financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013, as well as provided a corporate update to highlight the company's progress since its last update on November 14, 2013.

Key Milestones and Events

  • Initiated a pilot with T-Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies, Deutsche Telekom AG. The partnership will start with a pilot in T-Systems' labs in Germany to integrate ImageWare's patented, multi-modal biometric, cloud-based identity management and credential technology into T-Systems' products.
  • Completed delivery of ImageWare's QuickCapture application in connection with a U.S. federally sponsored pilot program for iris recognition with 20 state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Recognized as 2014 Innovation and Design Award Winner for its Biometric Engine 2.0® by industry research firm Envisioneering at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Settled patent litigation with WCC Services US (WCC) and Creative Information Technology (CITI) that resulted in WCC and CITI obtaining royalty bearing licenses from IWSY for the patents at issue. These patents cover IWSY's multi-modal biometric platform and fusion of biometric modalities.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results

Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased to $929,000 from $926,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenues for the full year of 2013 increased 135% to $5.3 million from $4.0 million in 2012, with the increase primarily due to approximately $1.5 million received in August for software licenses in connection with a $2.2 million contract with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 160 basis points to 72.4% compared to 70.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the increase primarily due to reduced costs from the relocation of certain technical support functions from the company's Canadian office to its San Diego office. Gross margin for the full year of 2013 increased to 79.4% from 69.6% in 2012, with the increase primarily due to higher software license revenues and, to a lesser extent, savings from the aforementioned relocation of technical support functions.

Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1.8 million, or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to net income of $62,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 included a $1.8 million gain from the change in fair value of derivative liabilities. Net loss in the full year of 2013 was $9.9 million, or ($0.12) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $10.2 million, or ($0.14) per diluted share, in 2012. Net loss in 2013 included a $4.8 million loss from the change in fair value of derivative liabilities, while net loss in 2012 included a $ $4.7 million loss from the change in fair value of derivative liabilities.

At December 31, 2013, cash and cash equivalents totaled $2.4 million compared to $4.2 million at December 31, 2012. The company continues to carry virtually no debt and, subsequent to the end of the quarter, increased their line of credit from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.

Management Commentary
"2013 was a pivotal year for ImageWare, as we formed partnerships with two of the world's largest IT services providers, Fujitsu and T-Systems," said Jim Miller, chairman and CEO of ImageWare. "We are starting to see a shift in companies evangelizing biometrics, moving from the small biometric companies trying to prove their practical application in the commercial and consumer markets, to many large corporations understanding the real-world benefits of bringing biometrics to the mainstream public. This shift has created an attractive opportunity for ImageWare and we plan to leverage our large partners' sales and marketing power to capitalize on it.

"Our new partnership and close collaboration with T-Systems represents the outcome of a number of months of discussion and planning. We're now taking the next step by integrating our technology into their products and expect this new relationship to expand our presence throughout European and worldwide markets.

"These and other proactive steps we've taken to position ImageWare as a leader in multi-modal biometric security are beginning to attract broader attention. We recently attended the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where the reception we received was incredible, particularly for our patented PillPhone®, which is the first and only FDA-approved biometric-enabled enterprise mobile application."

Miller concluded: "Working closely with our technology partners, we continue to build a healthy pipeline of potential customers and are currently in discussions with several clients regarding licensing opportunities. We will continue to target large enterprise businesses and emerging applications and believe the steps we are taking to advance our cloud, SaaS and mobile offerings in the commercial and consumer marketplace will continue to build shareholder value, along with greater visibility that includes a healthy recurring revenue stream."

For more information, please click here.
For the complete interview with Jim Miller, ImageWare Systems, Chairman and CEO, please click here (http://www.securitystockwatch.com/Interviews/in_Boardroom_ImageWare.html)

For more information:

IWS CloudID™: http://iwsinc.com/products/next-generation-iws-cloudid-product-suite/
ImageWare Systems Solutions: http://www.iwsinc.com/markets/overview
ImageWare Systems Products: http://www.iwsinc.com/products/overview2
For ImageWare Systems Investors: http://www.iwsinc.com/about-iws/investors/overview1
For more information: www.iwsinc.com

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March Networks
www.MarchNetworks.com

Recently announced that...

Pelco IP Cameras Now Integrated with March Networks' Command Video Management System
(http://www.marchnetworks.com/company/news-center/2014/4/2/523)

March Networks and Software House Deliver Integrated Video Surveillance and Access Control Management

(http://www.marchnetworks.com/company/news-center/2014/4/2/522)

New March Networks Video Intelligence Software Delivers Enhanced Browser-Based Management and Investigation
(http://www.marchnetworks.com/company/news-center/2014/4/2/521)

And, in other recent news...March Networks announced that...

U.S. Wine and Spirits Superstore Chain Deploys March Networks Video Surveillance for Security and Fulfillment Protection
(http://www.marchnetworks.com/company/news-center/2014/3/26/519)

For the complete interview with Net Payne, March Networks, Chief Marketing Officer, please click here (http://www.securitystockwatch.com/Interviews/in_Boardroom_MarchNetworks.html)

For More Information About March Networks Solutions:
March Networks Financial Solutions (www.marchnetworks.com/solutions/financial/default.aspx)
March Networks Retail Solutions (www.marchnetworks.com/solutions/retail/default.aspx)
March Network Airports-Seaports Solutions (http://www.marchnetworks.com/solutions/airports-seaports/default.aspx)
March Network Commercial-Industrial Solutions (http://www.marchnetworks.com/solutions/commercial-industrial/default.aspx)
March Networks Critical Infrastructure Solutions (http://www.marchnetworks.com/solutions/critical-infrastructure/default.aspx)
March Networks Government Solutions (http://www.marchnetworks.com/solutions/government/default.aspx)

And, For More Information:
About March Networks (www.marchnetworks.com/company/about-us/)
What's New At March Networks (www.marchnetworks.com/products/whats-new.aspx)
March Networks Blog (http://www.marchnetworks.com/intelligent-ip-video-blog/)
For the latest March Networks News (www.marchnetworks.com/company/news-center/2013/9/24/497)

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StrikeForce Technologies
www.strikeforcetech.com
(OTCQB: SFORD)

StrikeForce Technologies, Inc., a company that specializes in Cyber Security solutions for the prevention of Data Breaches and Cyber Theft, recently announced it has received an official Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent Office stating that a second patent application titled "Methods and apparatus for securing keystrokes from being intercepted between the keyboard and a browser" has been approved for issuance.

"We are extremely excited about receiving this Notice of Allowance for our Keystroke Encryption technology," says Mark L. Kay, CEO of StrikeForce, "it has game changing implications for our Company and the industry. This expands on our original patent and includes: all computers, smart phones, tablets, and all the keystrokes you enter. Our patented Keystroke Encryption technology proactively encrypts each and every keystroke typed on a keyboard. All security experts agree that the use of encryption is the best way to protect data on your mobile device," continues Kay. "Until we developed our Keystroke Encryption Technology for mobile devices, there wasn't any way to encrypt data in motion at the point of origin, when typed on a mobile device keyboard."

"Additionally, as announced two weeks ago on March 11th, StrikeForce has received an official Notice of Allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office that we have been approved for Issuance of our third patent for Out-of-Band Authentication," says Kay. "Our patent portfolio continues to increase. After these two Notices become patents, StrikeForce will then own five patents in our portfolio, and there will still be three more pending. Owning the patents for Keystroke Encryption and Out-of-Band Authentication positions us on the forefront of what is hot in security and regulatory requirements today, as seen through our new contracts and increasing pipeline. As we learned at the recent RSA Security Show, these are the types of product purchasesnow being included in security budgets. Our increasing patent portfolio also improves our value as we continue to protect our intellectual property assets."

The timing of this Notice of Allowance coincides perfectly with StrikeForce's recently announced two new mobile products (MobileTrust® and GuardedID® Mobile SDK). Both products already include our patented keystroke encryption technology and should be available within the next thirty to sixty days. Individuals and Corporations will now for the first time, be able to protect themselves with our MobileTrust application, while mobile application developers will be able to build our one-of-a-kind Keystroke Encryption technology directly into their mobile applications.

"Keystroke Encryption is an extremely critical security technology, which plays a major role in preventing the most widespread malware from stealing confidential data from mobile devices," says Kay.

In other recent news, StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. announced today that Blank Rome LLP, a top 100 law firm has licensed StrikeForce's ProtectID Outof-Band Two-Factor Authentication Platform to protect remote access and their clients Intellectual Property.

"We were extremely pleased that Blank Rome has chosen to deploy our ProtectID Out-of-Band Two-Factor Authentication Platform," says Mark L. Kay, CEO of StrikeForce, "Blank Rome has been in business for more than sixty five years and is amongst the most prestigious Law Firms. They realize the importance of protecting network access and the intellectual property of their customers."

"As part of our effort to continue improving the Firm's overall security posture, Blank Rome decided to employ two-factor authentication to bolster the security of remote access to the Firm's network. After being introduced to StrikeForce Technologies' solution, we liked their approach to out-of-band authentication. We knew anything we implemented for this purpose had to be easy to use, as well as being secure and flexible. StrikeForce's system achieves this simplicity and flexibility by supporting a variety of methods to input the second factor, and it also is economical and easy to implement," says Laurence Liss, CTO of Blank Rome.

"For a long time now, law firms have worked under the implicit assumption that they were not targets of hackers. Law firms thought of themselves as above the rough and tumble world of spying and IP theft. However, all of that has changed," says Kay. "Law enforcement agencies throughout the world have warned of an increasing threat of hacking to law firms. These concerns have escalated to such an extent that the White House, the Attorney General and the FBI are publicly warning law firms to tackle the escalating risk of cyber attacks."

"Working with law firms to protect their remote access and intellectual property is now high on our radar, just within two months we helped Superior Discovery with similar concerns as they service many prominent law firms," says Kay.

For the complete interview with Mark L. Kay, StrikeForceTechnologies, Chairman and CEO, please click here (http://www.securitystockwatch.com/Interviews/in_Boardroom_StrikeForce.html)

For more information about:
ProtectID® (http://strikeforcetech.com/protectid/protectID_overview.aspx)
GuardedID® (http://strikeforcetech.com/guardedid/guardedid.aspx)
MobileTrust® (http://strikeforcetech.com/mobilesecurity/mobilesec.aspx)
www.strikeforcetech.com; (OTCBB: SFORD)

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TRADE SHOWS

Cloud Expo
SYS-CON Events Announces Cloud Expo 2014 New York

14th International Cloud Expo to take place June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City
http://www.cloudcomputingexpo.com/

SYS-CON Events announced today that 14th Cloud Expo®, co-located with 5th Big Data Expo, 3rd SDDC Expo, 2nd DevOps Summit, 2nd WebRTC Summit, and 1st Things Expo, will take place June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City.

The three-day event will offer a vast selection of technical and strategic breakout sessions, General Sessions, Industry Keynotes, and "Power Panels" from a rock star conference faculty chosen from among the leading industry players in the cloud computing and Big Data worlds. The bustling Expo Floor will include two busy Demo Theaters so that as a delegate you can kick the tires of solutions and offerings, and discuss one-on-one with all the leading Cloud and Big Data players what they are offering and how to make use of it in your particular situation.

All the main layers of the Cloud ecosystem will be represented -- the infrastructure players, the platform providers, and those offering applications. The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down -- including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.

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FOSE

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington DC 20001
URL: www.FOSE.com, Phone: (800) 746-0099, Email: [email protected]

For 37 years FOSE has served as the nation's premier event for government technology professionals seeking tools and best practices to equip their agency for the 21st century. From policy updates -- straight from the Hill -- and exclusive insights from today's leading authorities, to the most comprehensive showcase of technology in action -- it's all at FOSE.

FOSE's three-day conference addresses the most relevant and pressing technology and management priorities and issues for government and its private sector partners. With more than 60 sessions including keynotes, panel discussions and in-depth technical sessions, you can expect to take home best practices, policy updates and detailed guidance across 8 in-demand tracks.

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GovSec 2014 Conference & Free Expo
www.GovSecInfo.com

Experience the Largest, Most Dynamic Government Security Expo in Washington, DC, May 13-14, FREE. Discover the newest trends, cutting-edge technology, tools, equipment and the exciting companies who provide them in the exhibit hall.

Plus, get valuable training to enhance your career without straining your budget at the full conference -- with conference prices starting at $99, you won't want to miss out!

GovSec resource trusted by thousands of security professionals and is the nation's premier event for government, homeland security, and law enforcement!

Get more information and register for the full conference or free expo today -- SecuritySolutionsWatch.com Readers save 10% on conference prices! Use code: PMG02 @ www.GovSecInfo.com.

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IFSEC International
ExCel London
June 17-19, 2014
www.ifsec.co.uk

If you're looking focused content, features and leading suppliers catering for every security requirement, IFSEC International in London is the only destination for you this June! With a global focus on expertise and guidance, you'll discover high level security content that covers both public and private security, from SMEs to the largest enterprises. An international gathering of over 28,000 professionals, the event is the key forum in which to meet with the manufacturers leading the way in security innovation, including Axis, Samsung, ASSA Abloy, Canon and many more.

If you're a trade visitor, take the opportunity to network with the potential clients with live projects, while sourcing your full range of kit on the show floor. If you're an end user, attend to meet the installers, integrators and consultants who can steer you towards an increasingly successful security strategy.

Register free of charge at www.ifsec.co.uk/register
For more information about:
IFSEC Community: http://www.ifsecglobal.com/
IFSEC Directory: http://directory.ifsecglobal.com/
IFSEC Events: http://www.ifsecglobal.com/events/

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InfoSec World Conference & Expo 2014
April 7-9, 2014
Disney's Contemporary Resort
www.misti.com/infosecworld
The event features 70+ sessions, dozens of case studies, 8 tracks (including a Hands-On Track), 11 in-depth workshops, 3 co-located summits and an exhibit hall showcasing the industry's leading vendors. With the primary objective of providing top-notch education to all levels of information security and IT auditing professionals, InfoSec World delivers practical sessions that give you the tools to strengthen your security without restricting your business!

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Infosecurity Europe
29
th April - 01st May 2014
http://www.infosec.co.uk

Network, engage and do business with +15,000 other information security professionals at 19th Infosecurity Europe 29th April - 01st May 2014

Infosecurity Europe is the largest and most attended information security event in Europe. Held in London, it is a free exhibition featuring over 325 exhibitors featuring the most diverse range of new products and services and an unrivalled free education programme attracting visitors from every segment of the industry.

Collect CPD/CPE Credits

The Education Programme is shaped by the industry for the industry. Addressing the latest challenges and industry needs it will provide you with business critical insight, best practice and practical case studies. Speakers include information security thought-leaders from public and private sector end-users, policy-makers and government, analysts, industry experts, service providers and vendors.

Featuring five conference and seminar theatres and a comprehensive programme of workshops and training courses, attending the Infosecurity Europe Education Programme helps you to further develop your career and learning.

Meet with the key industry players

From the New Exhibitor zone to the Country Pavilions, discover the latest products and solutions of the local and international scene. This is your best opportunity to receiving expert advice and to discuss your needs with key information security players.

Infosecurity Europe is the most important date in the calendar for information security professionals across Europe. The attendees reflect every segment of the information security industry coming from key sectors including:

  • IT distribution companies
  • IT hardware, software, manufacturers and suppliers
  • End-user information security professionals
  • Government professionals

For more information and to register please visit http://www.infosec.co.uk/visiting/

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LinuxCon North America
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-north-america
Sheraton Chicago
August 20-22, 2014

LinuxCon is the conference for all matters Linux, bringing together developers, sysadmins and architects to learn and collaborate on the latest technical issues facing the Linux and IT operations ecosystems. Launched in 2009, LinuxCon has quickly become known for offering top speaking talent, a cross-section of the leading players in the Linux community, innovative and timely content, a wide variety of opportunities for attendee collaboration and a place for smaller groups to co-locate for topic-specific mini-summits and workgroups.

LinuxCon Europe
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-europe
Congress Centre Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf, Germany
October 13 - 15, 2014

LinuxCon Europe is the conference for all matters Linux, bringing together developers, sysadmins and architects to learn and collaborate on the latest technical issues facing the Linux and IT operations ecosystems. Launched in 2009, LinuxCon has quickly become known for offering top speaking talent, a cross-section of the leading players in the Linux community, innovative and timely content, a wide variety of opportunities for attendee collaboration and a place for smaller groups to co-locate for topic-specific mini-summits and workgroups.

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PSA Security Network
www.buypsa.com

Mr. Bill Bozeman, CPP, CHS, President/CEO, told us, "... the TEC event will be May 5-9 in Colorado. TEC stands for Training, Exhibits and Conference. For this yearly event, which is open to the entire security industry, we took all the best parts of your typical security event and brought them together under one roof, and for one low price. At TEC you will get the training and education you need for your entire company with hundreds of hours of courses to choose from. We also offer physical security certifications, where you will get the opportunity to learn from the leading minds in the industry, and explore new and innovative ideas with your peers.

The full day exhibit hall is where attendees can see the latest products and service offerings from over 100 of the security industry's top manufacturers. Explore state-of-the-art technologies and cutting-edge business solutions that will prepare your company for success. And finally, the Conference portion of TEC. This is where you will become a part of the industry's best networking opportunities by engaging with your peers and technology leaders in a fast-paced, lively environment. For the complete interview with Bill Bozeman: www.securitysolutionswatch.com/Interviews/in_Boardroom_PSA.html.

For more information: www.buyPSA.com
Read the PSA Blog: http://blog.buypsa.com/blog
Locate A PSA Integrator: http://www.buypsa.com/Integrators
PSA Vendor Partners: http://www.buypsa.com/Vendors
PSA Education: http://www.buypsa.com/Education

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RFID Journal LIVE! 2014
Apr. 8-10, 2014 -- Orlando, Fla.
http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/

Learn how to track and manage everything at the world's largest RFID event, RFID Journal LIVE! 2014. RFID technologies are advancing rapidly and adoption is accelerating. Learn how your company can benefit at the only RFID event featuring more than 75 hours of education, more than 50 end-user case studies and more than 200 technology companies. Hear how industry leaders are benefitting from RFID in the defense, aerospace, health-care, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, retail and apparel industries. See live demonstrations of the latest solutions and learn how to deploy the technology successfully.

Register now-SecuritySolutionsWatch.com VIP Discount: Save 15% with promo code EADW.

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SDW 2014 - Exhibition sold out and exceeding all expectations

With still more than 4 months to go to SDW 2014, the SDW Exhibition has completely sold out, beating all previous records for the event. Some 103 companies have signed up to participate at the world's leading event for next-generation human identity and secure credential solutions, and a waiting list is in operation.

A full list of exhibiting companies can be viewed at: http://www.sdw2014.com/exhibitors/

Entry to the exhibition is free to registered visitors, and all visitors pre-registering before 9th May 2014 will be upgraded to Visitor Plus+ status and be entered into the SDW Conference Delegate draw with the chance of winning a free delegate pass to SDW 2014. In addition, they will receive a complimentary £ 5.00 catering voucher to use at the show.

Pre-registration can be completed at: http://www.sdw2014.com/visitor-registration

Delegates from government departments in Asia, Africa and Latin America can access the entire three day event, including the conference and exhibition for just £ 399 +VAT. Government attendees from other world regions can register for £ 499 +VAT (Rate expires 28th February 2014.) Plus, for multiple registrations for every government delegate registered, the second is at half price.

In addition, for 2014, all conference sessions will have simultaneous translation into French and Spanish.

Industry delegates are also able to attend the SDW 2014 conference at a discounted rate. The show operates a limited-availability, stepped pricing policy, meaning that delegates who book early access the lowest rates. Delegates can register online at: http://www.sdw2014.com/delegate-booking

Diary Date - SDW 2014, 16-18 June 2014, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK

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Security Industry Association (SIA)
www.SecurityIndustry.org

Register for the 2014 SIA Government Summit

Registration is now open for the 2014 SIA Government Summit, hosted by the Security Association (SIA) June 3-4, 2014, at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Register today for the SIA Government Summit! http://www.securityindustry.org/Pages/IndustryEvents/SIA-Government-Summit.aspx

SIA Members can register for $550; nonmembers for $775 through May 4.Registration includes breakfast and lunch both days as well as the semi-formal SIA Public Policy Dinner, where SIA recognizes leading legislators and outstanding SIA volunteers.

The Summit provides attendees with unparalleled policy insights that help create new market opportunities. The exclusive nature of the setting allows one-on-one conversations with government decision makers about legislation and regulations important to the security industry.

Questions about the SIA Government Summit? Contact Elizabeth Hunger at 301-804-4714 or [email protected].

SIA Unveils New Certification Exam

At ISC West in Las Vegas on April 4, the Security Industry Association (SIA) unveiled revised exam for its Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM®) certification program.

SIA will present the refreshed CSPM® Review Course and later this year. The 2.5-day, instructor-led training is offered to SIA Members for $995 and $1,295 for nonmembers. Contact Kimberly Roberts at 301-804-4708 or [email protected] for more information.

Register for the CSPM® Review Course http://www.securityindustry.org/cspm

CSPM® Review Course Schedule:

May 5-7, in Westminster, Colo. (to be delivered at 2014 PSA-TEC, costs may vary)
June 10-12, in Pomona, Calif.
Aug. 4-6, in Silver Spring, Md.
Oct. 1-3, in Atlanta, Ga.

The CSPM® Review Course goes beyond foundational principles and offers newer and seasoned project managers clear perspective on the importance of their role to stakeholders and identifies risks that could hinder project success. Attendees receive the SIA Security Project Manager's Common Body of Knowledge Guidebook, which includes a compendium of resources, checklists, templates and other materials to help prepare for success on future projects.

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Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no idea how to get a proper answer.
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DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 19th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will explore this emerging use of Big Data generated by the digital business to complete the DevOps feedback loop, and inform operational and application decisions.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Claude Remillard, Principal Program Manager in Developer Division at Microsoft, contrasted how his team used config as code and immutable patterns for continuous delivery of microservices and apps to the cloud. He showed how the immutable patterns helps developers do away with most of the complexity of config as code-enabling scenarios such as rollback, zero downtime upgrades with far greater simplicity. He also demoed building immutable pipelines in the cloud using both containers and VMs.
@DevOpsSummit taking place June 6-8, 2017 at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers is now open.
In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of SolidFire, discussed how to leverage this concept to seize on the creativity and business agility to make it real.
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and on the other side, organizations that will find themselves as roadkill on the technology highway.
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of the Progress Corticon and Rollbase businesses, discussed and provided a deep understanding of the low-code application platforms that address these concerns.
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" programs available to startups and innovators.
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands force businesses to make changes quickly. In the eyes of many, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery. In this presentation, attendees learned about the: The transformation of IT to a DevOps, microservices, and container-based architecture What are containers and how DevOps practices can operate in a container-based environment A demonstration of how Docker and Kubernetes reduce software delivery cycle times, drive automation, and increase efficiency How other organizations are using DevOps + containers and how to replicate their success
Application transformation and DevOps practices are two sides of the same coin. Enterprises that want to capture value faster, need to deliver value faster – time value of money principle. To do that enterprises need to build cloud-native apps as microservices by empowering teams to build, ship, and run in production. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Neil Gehani, senior product manager at HPE, discussed what every business should plan for how to structure their teams to deliver.
"Venafi has a platform that allows you to manage, centralize and automate the complete life cycle of keys and certificates within the organization," explained Gina Osmond, Sr. Field Marketing Manager at Venafi, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"We are a modern development application platform and we have a suite of products that allow you to application release automation, we do version control, and we do application life cycle management," explained Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.
Without lifecycle traceability and visibility across the tool chain, stakeholders from Planning-to-Ops have limited insight and answers to who, what, when, why and how across the DevOps lifecycle. This impacts the ability to deliver high quality software at the needed velocity to drive positive business outcomes. In his general session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Phil Hombledal, Solution Architect at CollabNet, discussed how customers are able to achieve a level of transparency that enables everyone from Planning-to-Ops to make informed decisions based on business priority and leverage automation to accelerate identifying issues and fast fix to drive continuous feedback and KPI insight.
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera MySQL cluster as a Kubernetes application.
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organizations must focus on what is most relevant to deliver value, reduce IT complexity, create more repeatable agile-based processes and leverage increasingly secure and stable, cloud-based infrastructure platforms.
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes how developers and operators work together to streamline cohesive systems.