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PRESS RELEASES


WALNUT CREEK CRACKS DOWN ON CYBER CRIME!

ADDITIONAL DATES ADDED FOR SECURITY EXPERTS TO PROVIDE FREE TRAINING
IN IDENTITY THEFT AND CYBER SECURITY

Walnut Creek, CA, August 21, 2003 – In a citywide effort to crack down on cyber crime, Think Security
First! announces additional dates for its Breakfast Security Briefings; free seminars in identity theft
awareness and prevention, which are geared towards Walnut Creek business owners. They will be led by
Neal O’Farrell, a world-renowned security expert and lead security advisor to Think Security First! The
Breakfast Briefings will take place at the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, at 1501 North
Broadway in Walnut Creek from 8 - 9:30 AM, on September 2, September 9 and September 16. To
register, please e-mail neal@thinksecurityfirst.net or call (925) 934-2007. For more information on
Think Security First! please visit www.thinksecurityfirst.net.

“When we announced the first Breakfast Briefing, which will take place on August 26th, we had such an
overwhelming response that we were overbooked within hours,” said Jay Hoyer, CEO of the Walnut
Creek Chamber of Commerce and Think Security First! “We are lucky enough to have access to some
of the world’s leading cyber crime experts, and we’re proud to be able to offer this service to the
community. The additional briefings will enable us to provide essential cyber-security awareness
training to everyone who needs it – and everyone needs it. We plan to add more Breakfast Briefing dates
soon, so that we can make Walnut Creek a cyber safe community.”

Small businesses are especially vulnerable to identity theft, as thieves target them for their customer
credit cards and employee payroll records. In most of the recent high profile cases, major identity thefts
have been traced to the careless and often dishonest behavior of employees. To add to the risk, small
business owners who don’t take sufficient security precautions are likely to face the wrath of litigious
lawyers hired by angry customers, unhappy employees, and perhaps even financial institutions.

This boot-camp style training is the first salvo in the Think Security First! campaign, created to provide
better cyber security awareness and education for the entire community of Walnut Creek. Training will
be provided by members of the Cyber Security Task Force of Think Security First! which includes
leading security experts from around the world including Neal O’Farrell, the original creator of Think
Security First!, Barak Engel, former Head of Security for WebEx and who assisted the Federal team that
tracked down the notorious hacker ‘The Analyzer’, and Brad Kofoed, former advisor to the White
House on Y2K.

About Think Security First!

Think Security First! is the nation’s first community-based cyber security awareness program, pioneered
by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and supported by business and technology leaders
including Microsoft, McAfee Security, and SBC. The goal of the initiative is to provide long-term,
expert-led, community-based education on cyber-security free of charge to all members of the
community, including businesses, residents, schools, and government. The lessons learned from this
unique technology test-bed will be used to create a security awareness “best practices blueprint”. This
will be shared with communities across America through more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce
throughout 2004. For more information, please visit http://www.thinksecurityfirst.net.




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