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Lunch and learn about antivirus spend justification with Shavlik

Shavlik Technologies : 22 September, 2009  (Company News)
The latest in the series of seminars for IT professionals from Shavlik is about spend justification and will be held in New York
Shavlik Technologies, experts in simplifying and automating critical IT operations, have announced that the next in its series of autumn 2009 'lunch and learn' seminars will be held this Friday, September 25, at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 148 West 51st Street, New York.

Targeted at IT professionals, the seminar series, titled 'Justify Your IT Spend or a Virus or a Hacker Will,' will examine how, despite the substantial amount of media and industry attention given to Conficker and recent data breaches, security spending in 2009 is flat or shrinking, even though compromise of sensitive data and attacks by worms and viruses were named the top concerns for IT managers.

Shavlik experts will present methods of justifying the expense of critical IT security without having to actually experience a disaster, and how to relate the basics, such as the number and types of attacks stopped or avoided and how they were stopped (patches, configuration changes, antivirus defences), in metrics that are accessible to senior management and auditors.

'IT managers know there are gaps in basic fundamentals -- patching Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications, enforcing password policies, updating antivirus signatures -- but how can they demand more staff and budget if they cannot demonstrate the effectiveness of their security program?' said Mark Shavlik, CEO, Shavlik Technologies.

'The seminar series examines the basic question of why so much of IT security seems to be all talk and no action. We believe this is because too many businesses believe that adequate security and regulatory compliance are 'huge cost burdens' with no quantifiable benefits. While it's indeed difficult to demonstrate return on investment (ROI) from security activities, it's fairly simple to quantify the loss when sensitive customer data is compromised or a hacker takes an entire system down with a denial of service attack,' added Colleen Kulhanek, Shavlik's director of marketing.

Additional seminars will be held in Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Raleigh and Atlanta.
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