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IBM Internet Security Systems General Manager, Thomas Noonan, Inducted into Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia


ATLANTA, GA - 06 Nov 2006: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Thomas Noonan, general manager of its Internet Security Systems division, has been inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia. At a black tie event on Saturday, November 4 at Georgia Tech, Noonan joined the ranks of a distinguished group of pioneers and innovators who have helped shape the development of technology and industry in Georgia.

“My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly for the past 12 years to make our company the most trusted brand for enterprise security in the world,” said Noonan. “It is gratifying for all of us to see that a respected organization like the Technology Hall of Fame is validating our accomplishments.”

Along with founder Chris Klaus, Noonan launched Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems (ISS) in 1994. Under his leadership as president and CEO of the company, ISS revenue soared to nearly $330 million dollars in its first decade. At the time of IBM’s acquisition of ISS on October 20, 2006, the company had grown to 1,300 employees in more than 35 offices in 20 countries worldwide.

In 2002, President Bush appointed Noonan to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a homeland defense initiative that protects information systems that are critical to the nation’s infrastructure. In this role, Noonan has advised the government on cyber security issues. In July 2006, he addressed a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to encourage a more collaborative environment between government and private sector to jointly answer issues relating to the nation’s critical networked infrastructure.

In addition to his relationship with the U.S. government, Noonan is also well-respected among the security and technology industries, having delivered keynote addresses at both the RSA Conference in San Jose and Interop Las Vegas in 2006. Additionally, Noonan serves on the board of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), a non-profit corporate membership organization whose mission is to improve cyber security through public policy initiatives, public sector partnerships, corporate outreach and public education. He was also recently elected to the National Board of Directors for the American Electronics Association (AeA), whose mission is to serve as “the voice of the American high-tech community.”

The Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia was established in 1993 to recognize the achievements of outstanding members of Georgia’s technology community. Technology executives and leaders from across the State of Georgia vote annually to select inductees who have been instrumental in creating Georgia’s high tech community. This year, Noonan is the sole inductee. Previous inductees include Zell Miller, former Georgia governor and United States senator, and Charles “Garry” Betty, president and CEO of EarthLink, Inc.

Further details on the Technology Hall of Fame and the full list of past inductees can be found at:

About IBM Internet Security Systems

IBM Internet Security Systems is the trusted security advisor to thousands of the world’s leading businesses and governments, providing pre-emptive protection for networks, desktops and servers. An established leader in security since 1994, the IBM Proventia® integrated security platform is designed to automatically protect against both known and unknown threats, keeping networks up and running and shielding customers from online attacks before they impact business assets. IBM Internet Security Systems products and services are based on the proactive security intelligence of its X-Force® research and development team – the unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. The Internet Security Systems product line is also complemented by comprehensive Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services. For more information, visit the Internet Security Systems Web site at or call 800-776-2362.


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