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CONNECT, a San Diego-based Innovation Networking Organization, Appoints Norman’s Darin Andersen to Judging Panel


General Manager for Norman Data Defense Systems to Participate on CONNECT’S IT/Information Dominance Venture Roundtable Judges Panel
FAIRFAX, Virginia, March 29, 2012 – Darin Andersen, General Manager, North America of Norman Data Defense Systems, a global leader in proactive content security and forensic anti-malware solutions, will sit on the judging panel to help select five finalist venture-ready companies to present to potential investors at CONNECT’s Information Technology/Information Dominance Venture Roundtable event.
After pre-screening and screening committees narrow the competition to ten companies seeking funding, Andersen will attend a half-day session on Wednesday, April 4 from 8:00A to 12:00P at the offices of Sheppard and Mullin in San Diego, Calif. to review presentations and vote on finalists.
Following the finalists’ ultimate presentations at the Venture Roundtable event on April 26, Andersen will also join other Distinguished Judges at a special networking reception.
Over its 26-year history, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies in the San Diego region and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for commercialization of innovative products in high tech and life sciences. The program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world. CONNECT has been recognized by Time, Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines and in 2011 won the national State Science and Technology Institute’s 2011 Excellence in Tech Based Economic Development Award for Building Entrepreneurial Capacity. In 2010 CONNECT was the recipient of the Innovation in Economic Development Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for creation of Regional Innovation Clusters. CONNECT manages the San Diego, Imperial Valley, Inland SoCal Innovation Hub (iHub) designated by the state of California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development in 2010. Key to CONNECT’s success has been San Diego’s unique “culture of collaboration” between research organizations, capital sources, professional service providers and the established industries.

About Norman Data Defense Systems, Inc.
Founded in Norway in 1984, Norman is a global leader and pioneer in proactive content security solutions and forensics malware tools. Norman’s proactive antimalware solutions, including malware analysis tools, network security and endpoint protection, are powered by patented Norman SandBox® technology and used by security solutions providers around the world.
Norman’s unified core antimalware protection for clients, servers and network security are delivered as products and services designed to protect business communications and resources, including corporate and government networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and extranets. Norman’s solutions are available through Norman subsidiaries and a network of global partners.


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