Security Expert to Keynote Data Center World

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Cyber security expert Winn Schwartau will deliver the keynote address at Data Center World 2012, being held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in Nashville. Schwartau will discuss disaster recovery plans, combating cyber crime and the threat of cyber terrorism and will highlight how national, as well as natural, disasters begin at the local level.

AFCOM, a leading association for data center management professionals, delivered a study on Disaster Recover & Business Contingency that found that while almost 1 in 5 data centers have experienced a physical disaster in the past three years, and a similar number admit to not testing their plan during this same period. Those findings prompted AFCOM’s Data Center Institute to publish a “wake up call” for data center operator.

“A 2011 study conducted by AFCOM, found that most data centers are not adequately prepared for disaster recovery or defense against cyber crimes,” said Jill Yaoz, president of the AFCOM association and chairperson of Data Center World. “Our Data Center Institute report discovered that many data centers either don’t have a plan in place or don’t update and test those plans regularly.  Our selection of Winn Schwartau as the keynote speaker at Data Center World 2012 highlights the critical need for our industry to be prepared for the worst.”

Schwartau, a Nashville resident, is recognized as one of the world’s top experts on security, privacy, infowar, cyber-terrorism and related topics and he has testified before Congress and consulted as an expert witness. Mr. Schwartau was named one of the Top 20 Security Industry Pioneers in 2009 and one of the Top 25 Most Influential People for 2008 by Security Magazine. 

Data Center World Fall 2012 will include more than 50 educational sessions covering all aspects of the data center and facilities management field including disaster recovery, DCIM, management, data center builds and design, facilities management, power and cooling, cloud as well as pertinent and topical peer-to-peer user sessions and round table discussions.

Data Center Knowledge readers can use the code DFA12DK111 to get a discount on their registration.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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