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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
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Register Now: $299 rate through May 8, 2009

Students attend for only $50. (Must be enrolled full time and present valid ID)

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Conference DVD Special Offer:
Register by April 30 and you can purchase the 2009 conference DVD with PPTs /audio presentations for just $69. (Regularly $129; a 45% discount!) Order DVDs at the conference.

See Pre-Conference events for additional professional development opportunities

Keynotes: Howard Schmidt & Dave Kansas
On Tuesday, May 12, Howard Schmidt , President, R &H Consulting, Inc. - whose impressive security credentials include 31 years of government service, private-sector roles at Microsoft and eBay, and service as cyber-security adviser to the White House - will address ways to leverage teamwork and technology to stop global threats. Current President of both the Information Security Forum and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Schmidt will draw from his broad experience to address today's global security risks.

Wednesday, May 13, financial guru Dave Kansas addresses the critical state of our economy. Kansas will demystify the current bottom-line crisis, share thoughts on regulatory reform, and promises ten surprising predictions for the future. Author of the recently released book "The Wall Street Journal Guide to The End of Wall Street as We Know It", Kansas is editor-at-large of, and previously spent four years as editor of The Wall Street Journal’s Money & Investing section.

Special Appearance: Dr. Whitfield Diffie ,Vice President, Sun Fellow and Chief Security Officer, Sun Microsystems Diffie is a pre-eminent figure perhaps best known for his development of the public key cryptography concept. Diffie, often described as a technology visionary, shares his thoughts on what we're headed for over the next decade.

Check out the fantastic lineup of Featured Speakers, whose expertise covers every conceivable "security" realm: technology, business continuity, crisis management, physical security, legal compliance, disaster recovery, employee protection, and enterprise risk management.

For a complete look at the program, go to Educational Sessions.

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The tradeshow floor is another great source of information. Visit our Platinum and Gold Sponsors in the main conference hallway. Our Silver and Bronze Sponsors as well as our exhibitors are in the hall where you will also find refreshments during session breaks.

It's not too late to reserve a spot! Silver and Bronze Sponsorships are available; visit the Education Sponsor Tab for more information.
Exhibitor packages start at $1500; learn more on the Exhibitor Tab.

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The Secure360°™ Conference, brought to you by the Upper Midwest Security Alliance, highlights solutions to new and evolving security threats to people, property and processes. This year's theme is "A Full Circle of Security Preparedness." This conference is the premier event for enterprise risk management and security professionals in business and government in the Upper Midwest. Join us May 12 & 13 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:04 AM Twin Cities IT and Developer Events | Back to top

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