GTISC Kicks Off Industry Leaders Lecture Series

The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) announces the fall 2006 line-up for its popular lecture series focusing on information security challenges. This year GTISC has invited information technology and information security leaders to campus to discuss issues facing industry. The campus and the Atlanta community are encouraged to attend this free lecture series.

"Part of GTISC's mission is to develop education and research programs that will have real-world impact. We are bringing senior executives from a variety of companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to specialized technology firms to provide their perspectives on real-world challenges in the information security and privacy arena," said Mustaque Ahamad, director of GTISC and professor of computing. "This semester a common theme among the speakers is the close relationship between technology and policy for effectively addressing information security challenges."

Each GTISC Industry Leaders Lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Centergy Building at 75 Fifth Street N.W. in Technology Square and is followed by a networking reception. To attend, please RSVP by email to

The first speaker for fall is Phyllis Schneck, Georgia Tech alumna and vice president for Research Integration at CipherTrust, the global market leader in messaging security based in Alpharetta, Ga. Schneck will speak about "From Boardroom to War Room: Engaging Industry and Academia in National Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection." Also scheduled for the lecture series are speakers from Coca-Cola, Equifax, Southern Company, and SunTrust. The detailed schedule is below.

GTISC Industry Leaders Lecture Series - Fall 2006
September 19 Phyllis Schneck, vice president, research integration for CipherTrust, Inc. and chairman, board of directors, InfraGard National Members Alliance

September 26 David Rowan, senior vice president and director, enterprise technology risk management for SunTrust

October 10 Rebecca Blalock, senior vice president and chief information officer
Southern Company

October 31 Tony Spinelli, senior vice president, information technology security

November 28 Jean-Michel Ares, senior vice president and chief information officer
The Coca-Cola Company

December 5 John A. DiMaria, product manager; business continuity marketing
BSI Management Systems

About the Georgia Tech Information Security Center
The Georgia Tech Information Security Center, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, is an interdisciplinary center involving faculty from the College of Computing, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Public Policy. For more information, visit