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Transcending the Boundaries of Physical and IT Security: Open Security Exchange Creates Convergence Roadmap

Provides Guidance, Identifies Business Drivers, Risks and Solutions; Based on Convergence Experiences of Leading Organizations

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/01/06 -- Executives in enterprises and government organizations alike recognize the need to converge physical security with Information Technology, but they are unsure how to proceed. Now the Open Security Exchange (OSE) members and its Convergence Council, a group of senior security and IT executives from blue chip organizations, are creating a roadmap that will show the way. The organization plans to unveil the solutions matrix and roadmap at upcoming major industry events this fall.

When launched, the Convergence Roadmap will gather in one place the lessons learned, guidance and insights from first movers taking the initiative to converge physical security and IT. The roadmap will identify business drivers, review risks and examine potential solutions to achieving the numerous goals of security convergence.

Members of the OSE and the Convergence Council met recently to work on advancing the roadmap. Of particular value was input at the meeting from Council members representing user organizations such as Procter & Gamble, First Data Corp, Symantec, Lehman Brothers, the Department of Manpower Data Center and National City Bank. From the solution provider side, there was representation from OSE members Computer Associates, Fargo and Software House/Tyco, as well as new members Diebold, Oracle and Quantum Secure.

"Overall, it was an extremely productive and exciting meeting," said Laurie Aaron, vice chairman of the OSE and director of strategic sales for Tyco Software House. "I truly believe this will be one of the most useful, insightful tools delivered to the market for the purpose of understanding, rationalizing and deploying a converged security solution."

Organizations will be able to use the Convergence Roadmap to help review all their significant business risks and needs associated with convergence, including elements such as cost, efficiency, compliance and safety. For instance, if passive protection is important for a company in the context of a convergence project, the matrix can help its security professionals determine the components of an ideal implementation, including identification of barriers that must be overcome.

Gavenraj Sodhi, director of product management, security information management solutions at CA, said OSE members from both the user and provider communities agreed at the meeting that one of the organization's key value points is as an educational resource, providing a common framework for discussion of convergence-related topics. "We believe this is important because we're talking about a subject that can mean different things to different constituencies, based on their priorities," Sodhi said.

One goal of the OSE roadmap is to analyze gaps between convergence-related business needs and available solutions, information that will be extremely helpful to guide the development plans of technology and solution providers. To help with this initiative, the OSE plans to solicit input from other affiliated industry organizations including the Security Industry Association, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), ISACA, ASIS International and the Smart Card Alliance.

"I'm very happy to see that the membership of the OSE truly represents a cross-industry perspective of physical security and information technology professionals," said Jeremy Brecher, director of IT and support services for Diebold ESS.

New Advisors Join OSE

Joe Freemen of research, consulting and technical services firm J.P. Freemen Co., and Susan Ellerin Ph.D., president of STAT Resources, Inc., a strategic research and consulting company specializing in information and security, have accepted invitations to join the OSE as advisory members, bringing a wealth of industry experience, member reach and research capability.

Ellerin sees the importance of the OSE mission to the enterprise. "Perhaps no evolution since the development of the PC in the early 80's has had more impact on the enterprise infrastructure than convergence of physical and information security," she observed.

The next meeting of the OSE Convergence Council will be held following ASIS International, Sept. 25-28, 2006 in San Diego, Calif.

Anyone interested in working in a vendor-neutral, open environment to address the most critical enterprise security issues today is welcome to join the OSE. The OSE's Convergence Council is open to both members and non-members of the OSE, and senior IT and security executives from global enterprises participate without paying dues. The Physical and IT Security Infrastructure Convergence Work Group meets throughout the year to explore and define requirements in key areas, initiating and collaborating on projects of interest to OSE membership and the Convergence Council. For additional membership information, please visit www.opensecurityexchange.org or e-mail [email protected].

About The Open Security Exchange (OSE)

The Open Security Exchange (OSE) is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to accelerate the widespread convergence of physical security with IT. It aims to provide a forum for cutting edge discussions and projects on issues surrounding convergence; to actively involve all of the stakeholders in enterprise IT and physical security management; to serve as an information and educational resource to its members and the broader user community; and to influence open and interoperable standards that are relevant to convergence. OSE members include Computer Associates, Fargo Electronics, Software House/Tyco, Diebold and Deister Electronics.

Contact:
Deb Montner
Montner & Associates
203-226-9290
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www.opensecurityexchange.org

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