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Visitors to The Hub at Networks for Business 2003 will be able to attend the Mobile Data Association (MDA) Conference, the annual Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) Europe Conference as well as other topical presentations, all for free.

As a free auditorium, The Hub will give visitors and the media a chance to witness head-to-head panel debates, presentations and keynote sessions from leading authorities and opinion-formers from across specialist high-tech fields. Using the latest technology, presentations will be broadcast through a number of portals, providing an opportunity for questions to be tabled from the cyber audience as well as those from within the auditorium.

The top-line timetable of events within The Hub includes (1):

Day 1: Tuesday, 24 June 2003

-MDA Conference: - ¡-Deploying Mobility in the Corporate Space: the benefits of doing so, and how to maintain a competitive edge with constantly changing technology.

-Ask the Audience: Questions will investigate operational areas of businesses, and Return On
Investment issues,

-MDA Panel Session: ¡-Return on Investment for Mobility Solutions, chaired by Mike Short, MDA Chairman,

-Harnessing the Future ¡V Where is the Technology going? How companies can harness the technology available, give hints and tips and review the costs of ownership.

-Linux Presentations: - Clive Harris, IBM (EMEA) Linux and Grid Service Leader, IBM UK Ltd regarding The Business of Linux and Russell Coombes, HP, presenting HPs perspective on Linux.

Day 2: Wednesday, 25 June 2003

-FCIA Europe Conference: Annual conference to be opened by Andrew Batty, Chairman of FCIA Europe:-

-Business Benefits of Storage Area Networks, by Paul Talbut, Director of FCIA Europe,

-Business Continuity, by Paul Trowbridge, Director of FCIA Europe,

-Storage Area Networking Solution Scalability, by Ian Lockhart, Director of FCIA Europe,

-Solutions Management, by John Mills, FCIA Europe.

-e-Security Presentations

-Keynote ¡V ¡-Pervasive Security for the 21st Century, presented by David Love, Chairman of InterForum
e-Security Group,

-Hi-Tech Crime ¡V The Impact on UK Business by John Lyons, Crime Reduction Coordinator for the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit,

-Security Architectures in Wireless and Mobile Networks by Dr Ray Hunt, Associate Professor specialising in Networks and Security, Department of Computer Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand,

-Future Challenges in Information Security by Dr Sadie Creese, Technical Manager of Security Assurance, QinetiQ

-Panel Session with David Love, Chairman of InterForum e-Security Group; John Lyons, National Hi-Tech Crimes Unit, Dr Ray Hunt, Associate Professor specialising in Networks and Security, Department of Computer Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Dr Sadie Creese, Technical Manager of Security Assurance, QinetiQ.

Day 3: Thursday, 26 June 2003

-Technology for SMEs

-Adoption of information communications technology within SMEs, case study examples will be presented by Jenny Searle, Chair, InterForums SMB SIG.

-Business Continuity

-Business Continuity Seminars: Crisis Management, Brand Reputation and Business Impact Analysis. Presenters include John Sharp, CEO of Business Continuity Institute; Graham Chick, GemmaTech and Rob Thomson, SunGuard,

-Question Time regarding Business Continuity strategy. The panel will include amongst others: John Sharp, CEO of the Business Continuity Institute and Murray Barber, Publisher of Continuity Insurance & Risk magazine.

Jane Murphy, Portfolio Director, Networks for Business 2003 commented, We are delighted to be able to host these well respected industry conferences and presentations in an open style forum for all IT specialists and line-of-business decision makers to attend. Each day a different, current, key-critical topic will be discussed & debated by expert authorities, who will present thought-provoking sessions as to how to implement the best available solution for secure, integrated business network communications.

Murphy concluded, Yet another great reason why IT specialists and all with a vested interest in increasing their companys performance should attend Networks for Business 2003.

Notes to Editors

(1) The organiser reserves the right to make changes or alterations to the programme without notice.

About Networks for Business 2003, endorsed by The Times

Networks for Business 2003 will take place at the Birmingham NEC, UK from the 24-26 June 2003. The event will be open from 9.30am ¡V 5pm each day. Networks for Business 2002 (formerly networks telecom europe 2002) was held in Halls 17-20 at the Birmingham NEC, UK. It ran from 25th-27th June 2002. Over 190 exhibitors and 11,559 people (ABC Audited) attended the event. Further information and to register for free entry, please visit

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