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Deputy Director of National Intelligence to Keynote at Vanguard Security & Compliance 2011
May 19, 2011 (06:05 PM EDT)

Dawn Meyerriecks to Discuss Cybersecurity Defense

LAS VEGAS, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Security & Compliance 2011, the world's leading System z® security training event, today announced that Dawn Meyerriecks, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Acquisitions and Technology, will be a keynote speaker at the conference. Meyerriecks is responsible for integrating science and technology across the intelligence community enterprise, delivering state of the art technology to maintain intelligence advantages over adversaries, and ensuring excellence in achieving cost, schedule and performance in acquisition. In her keynote address, Meyerriecks will provide attendees with insights into defending critical data and applications from cybersecurity threats. VSC 2011 takes place June 20-23 and is hosted by Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the largest independent provider of enterprise security software for System z.

"More than 100 federal agencies, and almost all state governments, rely on System z at the core of their networks. Given the z/OS® mainframe's importance to the critical infrastructure of the U.S., we are pleased that Dawn will share her cybersecurity defense expertise with attendees," said Steven Ringelberg, COO of Vanguard. "According to Gartner, entities with z/OS systems host 85 percent of their critical applications and data on the zSeries® platform. Dawn's cybersecurity knowledge will be invaluable for improving the defense of z/OS systems, which are primary targets of malicious network attacks and insider threats."

Meyerriecks was formerly the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) chief technology officer and the senior vice president for AOL Product Technologies. In addition to her extensive experience in designing, acquiring and delivering intelligence and information technology systems, Meyerriecks holds numerous honors and awards for her work in government service and private industry. Her honors and awards include the Government Computer News, Department of Defense Person of the Year for 2004; InfoWorld, 2002 and 2001 CTO of the Year; CIO Magazine, 2002 20/20 Vision Award; Business Week 2.0, 20 Young Execs You Need to Know, 2001; Federal Computer Week, 2000 Top 100 of the year for the government sector; the 2001 Presidential Distinguished Service Award; the Senior Executive Service Exceptional Achievement Award in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003; and the 1996 National Performance Review. In November 2001, she was featured in Fortune magazine as one of the top 100 intellectual leaders in the world.

VSC 2011 is the largest and longest-running educational event dedicated solely to learning about z/OS and RACF® security. This intensive learning forum draws security practitioners from around the globe. Attendees learn current best practices from the world's leading subject matter experts from IBM, Waste Management, Bank of America, the State of Alabama, Vanguard Integrity Professionals, and many other notable organizations. The curriculum focuses on modern security techniques and technology, the current threatscape for large enterprise host systems, advanced security techniques and evolving compliance standards.  

For more information about VSC 2011, visit, the single source for all information about the critical z/OS and RACF security training offered at this year's event. Security professionals are encouraged to visit the website to learn more and to register for this important training event.

About Vanguard Integrity Professionals

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, an IBM Business Partner, provides enterprise security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges and deliver a rapid return on investment. With automated solutions for Audit and Compliance, Operational Security and Intrusion Management, Vanguard enables government agencies and corporations around the world to ensure continuous monitoring of z/OS systems, safeguard secure cloud computing domains, and protect critical data and applications from cybersecurity threats. Vanguard provides live customer support 24/7/365 from the United States for all customers worldwide and locally in other countries.

IBM, RACF, System z, z/OS and zSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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