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04/30/2002 - INTEC Sponsors Security Summit

Catalyzed by a federally legislated fund of $880 million to be spent over the next five years on information technology (IT) security, the Inland Northwest is stepping up to contribute to the national cyber security effort. The Spokane region has three powerful local forces that can contribute to this effort --- universities and colleges; a functioning IT security industry; and vulnerable industries in need of security help.

Of the federal millions budgeted, Eastern Washington University received $1 million to launch efforts which now include the Inland Northwest Security Systems Institute (INSSI). The University of Idaho has a more mature and highly regarded cyber security program, and WSU and the Community Colleges currently teach courses in IT security.

Security system providers already operating in the Spokane area include E3 Technologies, F5 Networks, Tri-Geo Network Security, Contineo, Cisco Systems and Wind Star. The list could go on at some length.

Our many vulnerable industries include health care providers of all sorts, power providers and system venders, transportation of all types, and even the air force. Some of these industries have been federally mandated to have the best possible security.

INTEC is providing the leadership to form the Inland Northwest Cyber Security Initiative to bring all of these separate entities together to form an effective cyber security “cluster”. By pooling all of the talent available, INTEC projects that the Inland Northwest can become a national leader in IT security. As a first step, INTEC is hosting a Cyber Security Technology Forum on Thursday, May 9, from 9:30 to 11:30. This security summit will be in the Spokane Community College Lair at 1820 N. Greene Street.

Topics and their presenters include: Safe Architecture, by Derek Simmelink, systems engineer at Cisco Systems; Centralized Security Management, by John Shovic PhD, CEO, Tri-Geo Network Security; Network Security Program at SCC, by Joe Kowtko, Network Security Instructor at Community College of Spokane; and Cyber Security Program at EWU, by Ray Hamel PhD, Chair, Computer Science Department, EWU. The program will wrap up with a question and answer session led by Bill Kalivas, VP of Information Technology, INTEC.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about cyber security. Technet is co-sponsoring the event.

INTEC is a non-profit organization that fuels a vibrant innovation economy in the Inland Northwest through the development and enhancement of key technology sectors such as information technology, biomedical technology, and energy. INTEC brings together business, government and education to collaborate in creating a skilled workforce to support economic growth in the region’s technology sectors. INTEC is at home in the Terabyte Triangle at Steam Plant Square.

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