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General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) to Keynote at 2011 Symantec Government Symposium


Government and industry experts to address emerging cybersecurity concerns and strategies for sharing critical information while protecting sensitive data and complex IT infrastructures

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – – Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) – the former United States Secretary of State – will give the morning keynote presentation at the Symantec Government Symposium: 24-7: Assured, Efficient, Anywhere. Rand Beers – under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – will deliver the luncheon keynote. The event will take place on June 14, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The Government Symposium is the premier government IT security and management conference. This one-day annual event is designed to facilitate peer-to-peer dialogue and exchange of best practices. Now in its ninth year, the event will bring together more than 1,000 government IT, security and business professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities related to sharing critical information among public sector agencies – as well as with the private sector and citizens – while protecting sensitive data and complex IT infrastructures.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the event will feature five speaking tracks focused on today’s key government IT security and management issues.

Government Symposium Tracks:

Cyber Security: The threat landscape, critical infrastructure, situational awareness, and legislative priorities
Compliance, IT Reform, and Open Standards: FISMA 2.0, continuous monitoring, OMB’s 25 point plan, and data center consolidation
Cloud: FedRAMP, best practices, cloud implementation, security, and next-generation cloud
Information Security and Risk Management: Need to know vs. need to share, identity management, and collaboration
Mobile Access: Mobile device management, telework security, and high availability infrastructure

To register for the Government Symposium, view the full speaker faculty, or access more information, visit


“We are pleased to welcome keynote speakers General Colin L. Powell and Rand Beers,” said GiGi Schumm, vice president and general manager for Symantec Public Sector. “Today’s government professionals need secure, real-time access to critical information 24-7. The Symantec Government Symposium will bring together leading IT security and management professionals from all levels of government to discuss how to balance the demand for instant information access – at any time and any place – with the requirement to protect technology infrastructures and secure data.”

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