Internet Security Expert Featured As Part of TechMecca Educational Program

ARLINGTON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 24, 2001– Internationally-renowned technologist and author Bruce Schneier will provide an eye-opening presentation on Internet security issues as part of an all-star lineup of speakers featured at the first annual TechMecca financial services technology conference.

The event, which is expected to draw bank, credit union and savings and loan executives from across the country, will be held Nov. 28-30, 2001 in Arlington, Texas.

Schneier will give his perspectives on “Network Security in the 21st Century,” during the opening day of the conference, Wednesday, November 28. His address will focus on risks associated with the interconnectivity of the Internet and what solutions are not working. He will also introduce the concept of evolving a thought process that goes beyond “threat avoidance” to “risk management.”

A best selling author of “Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World,” Schneier also co-founded and serves as chief technology officer for Counterpane Internet Security. The cryptographic expert has addressed security issues for Microsoft, the National Security Agency and Citibank, just to name a few.

“With the accelerating rate of technological advances in the financial services industry, there are inherent security concerns that come with network-based financial services,” said Mary Brown, senior vice president and director of marketing for PULSE EFT Association. “We are very pleased that Bruce Schneier will share his expertise and insights on this topic.”

TechMecca is an unprecedented joint production that unites three leading financial industry organizations — PULSE EFT Association, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and the Texas Credit Union League — to showcase all that is new and important in financial services technology. An exhibitor showcase featuring up to 250 providers of products and services, combined with a comprehensive four-track educational program, will offer attendees access to the latest technology and information needed to stay abreast of the changing environment in one stimulating and convenient setting.

The premier TechMecca conference will be held Nov. 28-30, at the Arlington Convention Center, conveniently located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. For information, call 866/505-1361 or visit

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