Now that it’s exactly two months away, I’m pleased to announce a newone-day conference we’re putting together that will help the ITmanager’s boss learn how to wrestle with one of the fundamental debatesin enterprise technology: how do you strike a balance between opennessand security?

The CIO Exchange, which will happen on Sept. 16 in Toronto, is beingdesigned as a peer-to-peer soujourn (we’d have called it anunconference, but this is for grownups — just kidding!) with a mix ofguest speakers and roundtables. Here’s the description, as developed byComputerWorld Canada editor Dave Webb:

Your corporate information system has to strike a constant balance between two
often-competing principles: the openness necessary to integrate with all partners
in the value chain, and the security to ensure the safety of systems and intellectual
property – and from potential legal liability.

For example, your workforce is becoming increasingly mobile, demanding
remote access to the corporate system. Yet that gateway to the enterprise is a
potential crack in its armour, and the very devices those workers use can pose the
threat of compromising the system – and, in case of loss, exposing confidential
corporate data.

Likewise, social media offers your enterprise the opportunity to engage
customers and partners in new and effective ways. But the disintermediation
from corporate approval processes can mean leakage of intellectual property
and damage to your brand.

How do we create an enterprise architecture of systems, policies and people
to balance these sometimes conflicting imperatives? Join us for a frank and open
discussion on openness and security in the new enterprise.

This is going to be a really interesting day, and we’ll be kicking it off with special guest Chris S. Thomas,co-author of Mashup Corporations and chief strategist at Intel Corp.We’ll be doing this at the Toronto Board of Trade and yes, it’s free.Contact my colleague Ana Chin ( achin at to get on the list. See you there.


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