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When: April 2, 2003
Where: San Diego, CA
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Press Release
July 29, 2002

Paul E. Proctor Announces Launch of
New Security IT Company

Author and security expert launches security assessment
and management business

Paul E. Proctor, nationally-known author, speaker and security technology expert, today announced the launch of his new company, Practical Security, Inc. The company will provide information technology security assessment, management and training services for mid-sized companies.

Focused on the core IT security and executive consulting services that every business needs, Practical Security (PSI) breaks its services down into four areas of practice:

  1. Security Assessment - which includes vulnerability assessment, security audit, penetration testing and data forensics;
  2. Security Management - which includes certification and accreditation, requirement analysis, product selection, system integration, and subscription services;
  3. Security Training - which includes product training, security awareness training and software development implications;
  4. Executive Services - which includes technology market analysis, technical due diligence, and development of industry white papers.

Chris Byrnes, a Meta Group security analyst and co-author with Proctor of his most recent book, said, "Paul's experience working with Fortune 500 companies, the FBI, CIA and NSA give him special insight into the security issues plaguing today's world. His new company brings both a practical and educational advantage to its clients - Practical Security will not only know how to safeguard its client's information assets, but will teach the client's employees to be better prepared as well."

Proctor is author of two books often used as university textbooks on security issues: The Secured Enterprise: Protecting Your Information Assets (with F. Christian Byrnes) and The Practical Intrusion Detection Handbook, both published by Prentice Hall. He was most recently senior vice president for NFR Security, Inc., and previously held the position of co-founder and chief technology officer at Centrax Corporation. While at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he developed one of the first commercially available host-based intrusion detection systems in the early 1990's. Proctor holds a BS degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois.

Speaking from Las Vegas where he is moderating sessions at the Black Hat Briefings, Paul said, "Companies benefit from an ongoing process to reduce risk and safeguard their enterprise information assets. Practical Security has been formed to solve the issues of the smaller, security conscious companies who need sophisticated support but who cannot afford the large multinational security companies' fees. We will help them to establish their policies, safeguard their systems and educate them so they learn how to stay abreast of changing security issues with their own staffs."

While at the Black Hat Briefings and DefCon conference, Proctor will be participating in a book signing to be held at Caesar's Hotel on July 31 from 6:00-6:45pm at the Black Hat Gala Reception. Books can be purchased through Amazon at and a limited number will also be available at the conference.
In addition, he will speak on "Defending Against Internet Attacks" on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002 at the Salt Lake City chapter of the Information Security Systems Association (ISSA.) He will also be the keynote speaker for the Discover Security Conference in Honolulu on Oct. 17, 2002.

Those interested in booking Proctor for speaking engagements or book signings should contact Bonnie Shaw at Practical Security's public relations agency, Clearpoint Agency, at 858-724-2500 or

Clearpoint Agency
Beth Walsh, 858/724-2500





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