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Executive Alliance Announces Nominees for Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Southeast Award (TM) 2006

IT Security's Elite to be Recognized at Gala on March 1 at the Georgia Aquarium Ballroom

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/25/06 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, announced today the nominees for the fourth annual Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Southeast Award. With the finalists and winner to be revealed at a gala ceremony held on March 1, 2006, at the Georgia Aquarium Ballroom, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of information security with the winner chosen from a long list of superlative IT security leaders.

This year, the ISE of the Year Southeast Award will be held as an adjunct program with the ISSA CISO Executive Membership Forum on March 2, at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Details may be found at www.infosecaward.com

The distinguished roster of ISE Southeast nominees includes the following industry leaders:

--  Mark Baggett, Information Security Manager, Morris Communications
    Company
--  Tim Callahan, Group Vice President and Manager, Access Control and
    Support Services, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
--  Tammy L. Clark, Chief Information Security Officer, Georgia State
    University
--  Paul Connelly, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer,
    The Hospital Corporation of America
--  Jim Daley, Corporate Information Security Officer, BlueCross
    BlueShield of South Carolina
--  Albert H. Decker, Executive Director - Enterprise Risk Management,
    Electronic Data Systems
--  Matt Eberhart, Lead Network Security Engineer, AGL Resources
--  Ann Franks, Vice President Information Technology, Lanier Worldwide
--  David Lauderdale, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President,
    Worldspan
--  Jim MacDougall, Director of Security Policy and Assessment, State of
    South Carolina
--  Alan Neubauer, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Florida
    Supreme Court
--  David O'Berry, Director of Information Systems and Services, State of
    South Carolina, Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services
--  John Penrod, Chief Information Security Officer, The Weather Channel
--  Christopher Ray, Director, Information Security, AFLAC
--  Jeffrey N. Reich, Information Security Officer, CompuCredit
--  Bill Rollinger, Director of Infrastructure and Security, ImmucorGamma
--  Eric Salveggio, Director of Information Technology and Chief Security
    Officer, Virginia College Online
--  Ed Sarama, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, CheckFree
--  Steve L. Scott, Senior Vice President, Corporation Information
    Security,
    Wachovia Corporation
--  Brad L. Sidwell, Chief Information Officer, Troutman Sanders LLP
--  Tony Spurlin, Manager, Information Risk Management, The Home Depot
--  Dr. Barbara White, Chief Information Officer and Associate Provost,
    University of Georgia
--  Michael Whitt, Senior Vice President, Director of Information
    Security,
    Compass Bank
--  Scott C. Woodison, IT Audit Manager, Board of Regents, University
    System of Georgia
--  Steve Zimmerman, Vice President of Technology Risk Management,
    Regions Financial Corporation
    

Five finalists and a winner will be selected utilizing criteria including effectiveness in leading information security organizations, developing innovative solutions to meet business challenges, and mentoring and motivating staff members.

"We're expecting record attendance at the fourth annual ISE Southeast," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "Given the high caliber of nominees, a content-rich agenda with the ISSA CISO Executive Membership Forum and the exciting new venue of the Georgia Aquarium, it is no wonder that ticket sales are strong."

Tickets are still available for the Award Gala and may be purchased online at www.infosecaward.com

About the ISE Southeast 2006 Sponsors

The Information Security Executive of the Year Southeast Award 2006(TM), a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Megabyte - Cenzic, Courion and Lancope; Kilobyte - CSC, Guidance Software, Passlogix, Stonesoft, Tizor, Trusted Networks Technology and Verisign; National Media - IT Architect, Network Magazine and Secure Enterprise; National Association - CISO Executive Membership of ISSA; Association - InfraGard Atlanta, Middle Tennessee Chapter of ISSA and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

About Executive Alliance and the ISE Awards

Executive Alliance is the creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and record outstanding achievement of executives. These forums facilitate deep relationships within a network of peers, provide visibility for executives and their companies, and offer access and insight into the leaders of industries. Through an extensive platform of collaborative events, which include Industry Award Events, Summits, Executive Forums, Private Receptions and Customized Programs, Executive Alliance creates interactive assemblies for bringing together top executives and innovators in their field.

Recognized by Morgan Keegan as the largest and most widely recognized awards program for IT security executives, the ISE Award Program Series(TM) includes the ISE Southeast Award (Atlanta, GA), ISE Central Award (Dallas, TX), ISE New England Award (Boston, MA), ISE Mid-Atlantic Award (Washington DC), ISE West Award (San Francisco, CA), ISE Tri-State Award (New York, NY), and the ISE National Award (Orlando, FL). For more information on this prestigious award, visit www.infosecaward.com

Media Contacts:

Tom Wethington
Executive Alliance, Inc.
404-982-8562

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