Microsoft plans security summit

Microsoft security pundit Steve Riley will return to New Zealand next month to attend a series of security summits.

Microsoft security pundit Steve Riley (pictured) will return to New Zealand next month to attend a series of security summits.

Riley, a Microsoft security product manager, returns for another visit to present the keynote and sessions on network security and patch management. Riley also spoke at Tech Ed last year and in 2002.

Microsoft hopes 1000 local developers will attend the seminars in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Doug Pratt, group manager for developer and platform strategy, says Riley is a popular speaker among developers.

The summits are part of “continuing education” about security issues, Pratt says. “It’s reinforcing the message that there’s a shared responsibility and we both to have to watch security,” he says.

Following the keynote, the seminar will separate into three separate streams: smart clients, web development, and the IT pro track. Speakers include Nathan Mercer, Didier Vandenbroeck and Paul Andrew of Microsoft, Jeremy Boyd and Gabriel Smith of Intergen, Nic Wise of Orbiz International, Chris Auld of Kognition and Andy Scrase of Geovector.

The closing address, at 3.30pm, presented by Darryl Chantry and Paul Andrew, will outline the future of Microsoft development tools.

Microsoft is also using the event to launch MSDN Connection, a “peer-based recognition programme” for developers. The company says MSDN Connection is a way for developers to built relationships with each other, Microsoft and other industry bodies. Information on joining the programme will be available at the seminars, Pratt says.

The security summit venues are Auckland on April 26, Wellington on April 28 and Christchurch on April 29.

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