495 East Java Drive (N. Fair Oaks becomes E. Java),
Sunnyvale, CA, California 94089

SVASE Event: 'BIG EVENT: BIGs (Business Interface Groups): Business Showcase + Security: Private Security Companies’ Opportunities And Exits'

Event: 'BIG EVENT: BIGs (Business Interface Groups): Business Showcase + Security: Private Security Companies’ Opportunities And Exits'

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007 At 06:00
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Contact Info:
NetApp, 495 East Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Contact: Laura Weigant Email: [email protected]
URL: svase.org/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=149&extmode=view&extid=789

Since 2001, the computer security industry has witnessed several notable private security companies being acquired while only one has gone public.

Private Companies taken off the IPO Track:
• Cisco bought DOS attack toolmaker Riverhead in a $39 million cash deal
• Novell bought security event management vendor e-Security in a $72 million cash deal
• Verisign bought MSSP Guardent in a $140 million deal
• Symantec bought MSSP Riptech in a $145 million deal
• McAfee bought Wi-Fi network vendor Wireless Security in a $20 million deal
• McAfee bought vulnerability management vendor Foundstone in a $86 million cash deal
• CheckPoint bought encryption specialist Pointsec Mobile in a $586 million deal
• Network Appliance bought secure storage vendor Decru in a $272 million in cash and stock deal

Private Companies that IPO’d:
• NetScreen IPO’d in Dec. 2001 -- Juniper Networks subsequently acquired security appliance maker NetScreen for $4 billion in stock.

Gartner security analyst John Pescatore says, "For every merger, there will probably be a new startup backed by venture capital and seeking to address some new type of threat or market demand," (Source: eWeek 12/26/2006.)

Against this market landscape, SVASE has assembled an experienced panel of thought leaders and security industry insiders who will discuss current opportunities and exits in the security space. Theses distinguished panelists will share their experiences and insights on this unique market.

Specific topics include:
• Is the security market over-invested?
• What areas within security can a startup firm bulk-up around from a standing start?
• What are the critical success factors unique to building a security company?
• Should private security firms aim for acquisition or hold out for the IPO market?
• What changes will an entrepreneur encounter if/when acquired?

The Panel:
• Kevin Brown, Vice President of Marketing, Decru

Moderator: Chad Salinas, Managing Director, Najdorf Capital

When: Thursday, March 15
6.00 - 7.00 pm: Networking and Business Showcase
7:00 – 8:15 pm: Panel discussion and Q/A
8:15 - 8:30 pm: Additional networking

Network Appliance, Inc., 495 East Java Drive (N. Fair Oaks becomes E. Java), Sunnyvale, CA 94089

PRE-REGISTERED RATES (All Rates Include Hors D’oeuvres):
Members - $20; Affiliates who advertise this event -$29; General Public - $49;
Business Showcase Exhibit Table - $149 (Includes exhibit table and two tickets to the event.)

WALK-IN RATES: Add $10.00 to the listed price

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment on the day.

This event is co-sponsored by Network Appliance, Inc., www.netapp.com/

Speaker Bios

Kevin Brown, Vice President of Marketing, Decru, A NetApp Company
Kevin is responsible for worldwide marketing, business development, and product management at Decru, since joining as a member of the early executive team. He has served as an advisor on privacy and security for the U.S. Congress, Federal Trade Commission, and U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to joining Decru, Kevin was a key member of the founding team of Inktomi, a pioneering infrastructure software firm, where he served in a number of executive positions, including Vice President and General Manager of Inktomi's networking business. Kevin is a Fellow at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. He earned his Bachelors and MBA degrees at UC Berkeley, where he served as MBA class president.

Official Website: http://svase.org/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=149&extmode=view&extid=789

Added by svaseinfo on February 12, 2007

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