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Unisys to Lead Dialogue on New Definition of Security at 15th World Congress on IT


Unisys CEO to keynote, presenting new global consumer research on identity authentication and privacy issues and proposing need for standardized practices for ID credentialing

BLUE BELL, Pa., April 12, 2006 – At the upcoming 2006 World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2006), Joseph W. McGrath, president and CEO of Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), will lead a dialogue of government and private security experts who will discuss how to redefine security to address rapidly changing security and privacy requirements of individuals, businesses and governments worldwide—including the need for international uniform identity authentication practices and procedures that address both security and privacy requirements.

Unisys also conducted primary global research to study consumers’ views on identity authentication and security issues, including attitudes toward the delicate balance between improving convenience and protecting privacy. The research reveals consumers’ preferred security methods (i.e., biometrics, identity devices, etc.). Unisys will present the research findings at WCIT 2006.

“Improving identity authentication is an imperative in today’s global society and we need to redefine security to give governments and businesses a roadmap,” McGrath said. “Recent headlines about everything from port security to large-scale identity theft breaches underscore the increasing public and private demand for solutions. Yet little worldwide coordination or consistency exists in finding the right approach. Unisys looks forward to encouraging a spirited discussion of the policies we will propose at WCIT 2006.”

As the world’s premiere information technology forum, WCIT 2006 is expected to draw 2,000 business, government and academic leaders from 80 countries. A biennial global event, the 15th Congress will take place in Austin, Texas, on May 1-5, 2006, and will focus on three main tracks: privacy and security, digital access, and healthcare.

As sponsor of the privacy and security track, Unisys draws on its deep domain expertise in helping companies and governments realize the benefits of secure business operations. During his presentation, McGrath will discuss how in redefining “secure operations,“ a comprehensive framework must include people, goods and assets as well as information systems but can it go beyond protection to create convenience for consumers, reduce costs for business and government, promote commerce and improve public services? The answers all begin with a critical element of most security initiatives: identity authentication which, by virtue of the data necessary to authenticate an identity, raises intense questions of an individual’s right to privacy. Is it possible to create standards for ID credentials that are embraced by individuals and trusted by business and governments around the world?

The goal of WCIT 2006 is to explore these and other pertinent issues and to make specific, actionable policy recommendations to the global IT community. McGrath will keynote and then participate in a discussion that will feature a panel of global experts including Paul Beverly, president of Axalto, the world’s largest maker of smart cards, which are used for security applications in industry, government and beyond; Dr. Jamaludin Jarjis, Malaysian minister of science, technology and innovation, who oversees a unique project that enables more than 24 million Malaysians to transact conveniently and securely with government and private sectors through the use of a single smart card which provides identity, healthcare and finance capabilities; and other leading security specialists.

Other Unisys executives also will participate in additional sessions at WCIT 2006. Global Public Sector President Greg Baroni will join academic, private and public sector intellectual property experts from around the world to explore issues such as whether the current global information flow had rendered national intellectual property legislation irrelevant, and how multinational corporations can ensure effective polices in a international marketplace with disparate rules and regulations. Ravi Kalakota, vice president, strategy and solutions management at Unisys will participate in a panel on the future of open source technology. Frederick Dillman, Unisys chief technology officer, will welcome delegates at the Information Exchange exhibition.

Unisys also will exhibit the latest technology in biometrics (iris and finger print scanners), smart card multi-use authentication solutions, radio frequency identification (RFID) applications in defense and commercial supply chain logistics, event correlation in identity fraud, and other security applications.

About WCIT

The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2006) draws approximately 2,000 global thought leaders and decision makers from 80 countries, including Fortune 100 CEO’s, NGO Presidents, Foreign Ministers, Nobel Laureates, University Chancellors and leading R&D Scientists. Leaders from business, government and academia will discuss IT policy, direct the future of technology and drive social and economic development. The focus of WCIT 2006 is on macro issues around IT innovation and making a positive impact on human lives.

WCIT 2006 officials are collaborating with officials in countries around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and Uruguay to build partnerships, recruit delegates, and build awareness for the event.

World Congress forums have been held in international cities such as Taipei, Taiwan (2000), Adelaide, Australia (2002) and Athens, Greece (2004). The World Congress is held every two years on a different continent and is the signature forum of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of 67 information technology (IT) industry associations that represents over 90% of the world’s IT market. WCIT 2006, Inc, a non-profit 501 6(C) organization, is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

About Unisys
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