I said I’ve been a bad blogger for the past couple of weeks, and I promised to tell you why. It’s really a combination of projects and a culmination of various responsibilities, but one that has taken a lot of my time recently has been the planning of our IT Hot Topics Conference & Golf Tourney.

I’m sooooo excited about this year’s event. This is the 6th year our company, Carolina Advanced Digital, has hosted the event, along with our partners. What started as a small customer appreciation event has morphed into a full-fledged conference.

Last year we moved the event from a small local country club to the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro, NC. My bosses (aka parents) were a bit skeptical at first, but the event turned out great, with over 80 attendees from NC and surrounding states. This year, we’re making another leap of faith by extending the event to 2 full days (yikes!).

At our Hot Topics Conference, we identify what we and our customers think are the current ‘hot” IT and security topics and we plan the event and presentations around that. This year, we have an amazing line up, including technical breakout sessions, a special keynote, directors reception, industry expert panels, half-day technical workshops and (of course) the Golf Tourney.

I’m especially excited about our panels- we have a NAC Industry Panel with Mauricio Sanchez (ProCurve), Lisa Lorenzin (Juniper), Patrick Wheeler (Symantec), moderated by fellow security blogger buddy Alan Shimel of StillSecure. Our other panel is participating in the Hot Topics Roundtable discussion, led by John McCumber with a panel comprised of industry experts, technical gurus and even legal expertise to weigh in on Web 2.0 issues. It’s going to be awesome!

Here’s an overview of our 2008 IT Hot Topics Conference:

Event Dates & Location
IT Hot Topics Conference 2008
Grandover Resort & Conference Center
Greensboro, NC

May 15th & 16th, 2008
Thursday 9:30am – 5:00pm*
Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm
Register Online: http://www.HotTopicsConference.com

What topics are on tap for 2008?

2008 Features
• 12 Breakout Sessions
• Half-day Technical Workshops
• Special CISSP Prep Sessions
• Directors Reception Thursday Night*
• Special Keynote
• NAC Industry Experts Panel
• Hot Topics Roundtable
• Earn CPE Credits at Hot Topics
• Hot Topics Golf Tourney (optional)
• Win a Nintendo Wii Gaming System!

2008 Topics

• Security Visualization
• Web 2.0 in Enterprise
• Application Acceleration
• Network Management & Logging
• Data Leakage Prevention & Encryption
• NAC (Network Access Control)
• Wireless Trends & 802.11n
• Email Security for 2008
• Virtualization

Our 2008 partners include: ProCurve Networking, Juniper, Symantec, Winmagic, Packeteer, SonicWALL, StillSecure, splunk>, NetApp, Littler and ISSA.

You can check out the event website at www.HotTopicsConference.com. Aside from the Golf Tourney, the event is FREE for qualified attendees.

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Author, speaker, and recognized authority on network and wireless security architectures, Jennifer (JJ) Minella helps organizations solve technical problems and align teams.

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