NetPro and Microsoft to Offer In-Depth Active Directory Security Training at DEC 2005 – Active Directory Risk Management and Vulnerability Prevention Strategies and Tactics key focus at Full-Day, Pre-Conference Training Program

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 8, 2004 — NetPro Computing, Inc., a leading provider of distributed services management software, today announced Directory Security Unplugged: 10 Steps to Securing Your Active Directory Environment, a new, pre-conference training program to be held in conjunction with its Directory Experts Conference (DEC) 2005 in March.

Led by instructor Sanjay Tandon, Program Manager for Active Directory Security at Microsoft Corp and currently responsible for threat and risk assessment of Microsoft’s authentication, authorization and identity management infrastructure, the intense one-day workshop will drill down on the key requirements for protecting and securing Active Directory. It will be held on Sunday, March 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina in Vancouver, British Columbia. To learn more about the pre-conference training, please visit:

“This new security training is a must for every organization running Active Directory,” said Gil Kirkpatrick, DEC founder and NetPro Chief Technical Officer. “Never before has Active Directory Security training been offered in such a comprehensive, intense format, led by such a knowledgeable instructor. Sanjay Tandon will share critical strategies for ensuring the security of Active Directory – strategies that will protect not only Active Directory but the entire network.”

Active Directory Unplugged is offered as an optional pre-conference training component of DEC 2005 and registrants must attend DEC to participate. Sponsored in part by Microsoft, DEC 2005 is the only event focused on advancing the skills of the most experienced Active Directory and MIIS users. DEC 2005 also features an afternoon Executive Track dedicated to providing management-level insight on directory services strategies and business processes. The pre-conference training is designed to complement DEC 2005’s theme, Securing Your Enterprise Infrastructure with Microsoft Identity Management Technologies.

“Very few conferences afford ample, dedicated time to cover topics as critical as Active Directory Security,” said Tandon. “I look forward to drawing upon years of expertise in this critical area towards helping customers enhance the security of their Active Directory deployments. ” Tandon will cover 10 vital Active Directory security steps, from establishing secure boundaries through effective design, to delegating administrative authority and restricting anonymous access.

DEC 2005, running March 13-16, 2005, at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina, offers a wide variety of sessions led by top experts on Active Directory and MIIS. Now in its fourth year, DEC draws top-tier Active Directory presenters from global companies such as Intel, Cigna, Fidelity, Cisco, and Microsoft. Stuart Kwan, Product Unit Manager of Directory Services for Microsoft, will return for the fourth year in a row to keynote the event.

Conference Logistics:
DEC 2005 is presented by NetPro and Microsoft. The cost to attend the full-day, pre-conference workshop is $250 USD and includes all training materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. DEC 2005 is offered on a tiered pricing schedule that includes all food, beverages and conference materials. The early bird registration fee for delegates who register by Jan. 7, 2005, is $1295 USD per person. Delegates who register after Jan. 7 and before Feb. 25, 2005, will pay $1395 USD. The late registration fee for those delegates who register after Feb. 25, 2005, is $1595 USD. To register for DEC and the pre-conference training, visit:

NetPro has negotiated a group rate of $179 CAD per night for a standard room through the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina. To reserve a room, please visit:

About NetPro:
NetPro delivers business-critical solutions to drive the availability, performance, security, and control of your distributed network services. NetPro builds decades of experience into every enterprise solution to help customers minimize network downtime, leverage resources, drive down costs, and maximize ROI for such vital services as Active Directory, eDirectory, DNS, and MIIS. NetPro’s partners include Microsoft Corp., Novell, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard, and its customer list features such respected organizations as Bank One, the U.S. Army and General Motors. For more information about NetPro, please visit our website at or call 602.346.3600.

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