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The Open Group Names Jim Hietala Vice President of Security
Jun 11, 2008 (08:06 AM EDT)


SAN FRANCISCO, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced the appointment of Jim Hietala to vice president of security. A security industry veteran who has held senior leadership roles at numerous security and networking firms, Mr. Hietala will play an integral role in further developing The Open Group's contributions to the field of security, including The Open Group Security Forum.

"The Open Group membership believes that it is crucial to place greater emphasis on the issue of security that naturally accompanies the de-perimeterization of the enterprise," said Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group. "Enterprises are keenly aware of the threats they are facing, and, combined with the trend towards Boundaryless Information Flow(TM), security is a foremost concern. We very much look forward to Jim's expertise and leadership in strengthening The Open Group's contributions to the security field."

Mr. Hietala will be responsible for all security activities within The Open Group, including strategy and direction for both the Security Forum and the Identity Management Forum, as well as creating standards and events focused on security. He will also oversee The Open Group's support of the Jericho Forum(TM), an international consortium focused on IT security requirements. Mr. Hietala will report to The Open Group president and CEO, Allen Brown.

"I am excited to be able to help shape The Open Group's security agenda during a time when the field is increasingly important to global business," said Hietala. "The Open Group is committed to developing strategies and principles for the enterprise security community, and I look forward to leading the organization in delivering value to the industry in the form of standards, whitepapers and detailed frameworks on a broad range of security issues."

Mr. Hietala has extensive experience within the security and networking industries. Prior to joining The Open Group, he served as Director of Marketing at ControlPath, a leading compliance and risk management software start-up. Mr. Hietala previously developed and launched the industry's first remote access VPN service at Concentric Network, and at Network Express he managed a business unit that developed and brought to market the first encrypting ISDN router. In addition, he has worked for eSoft, Avail Networks and Digital Pathways. Mr. Hietala worked for X/Open Company, which eventually helped form The Open Group, from 1991-93. In addition, he has served as a security and compliance consultant to numerous firms and has authored a training course on risk management. Mr. Hietala holds a Bachelor of Science from and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow(TM) that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry's premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org .

Note to Editors: Boundaryless Information Flow and Jericho Forum are trademarks of The Open Group. All other company, brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

CONTACT: Bill Bourdon of Bateman Group, +1-415-602-1491, opengroup@bateman-group.com, for The Open Group

Web site: http://www.opengroup.org/