In an era of shameless self promotion, it’s time to be shameless. SC Magazine is planning a conference, called the SC World Congress, that will bring to the New York area a roster of security luminaries that will, it is hoped, enhance the conversation on ways and means to address security threats.

I cannot add or detract from what the marketing folks have done here. It is for me, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work of getting the word out in an informal way, adding to the effort thus far so nobly advanced.

Ooops, sorry to have injected the Gettysburg address into this discussion, but keep the date in December open.

Among the speakers we have scheduled are:

Rich Baich, principal for security and privacy, Deloitte and Touche. Rich has led multi-national teams designing, implementing, measuring and advising organizations to effectively and efficiently balance risk, technology and data management decisions with data protection risks, regulatory compliance issues, privacy and security controls. Baich is former CISO at ChoicePoint where he held enterprise-wide responsibility for information and technology security. Previously, he held leadership positions within NSA, McAfee and the FBI. In 2005, Baich authored “Winning as a CISO,” a security executive leadership guidebook.

Steve Collins, director, Text 100 Public Relations. Steve Collins is a director at Text 100 Public Relations, a global PR consultancy. Steve manages the Text 100 North American Security Sector Team. Security clients represented by Steve and his team include Cisco, Corillian, the PCI Security Standards Council, IBM Tivoli, Bit9, Raytheon, and Websense. The team has more than 30 years of combined security experience in facets of security technology ranging from aviation security, biometrics, email filtering, encryption, homeland security, ID theft prevention, PKI, network security, spyware protection virus control and Web filtering technology.

Paul DeGraaff, chief security officer, American International Group. Paul DeGraaff is globally responsible for AIG’s Information Security Program. Paul has received several security awards, such as an award from The Secure Software Foundation at the 2005 RSA Show for leadership in secure software development, from Archer Technology for technology innovation in 2005 and Vanguard Integrity Professionals at their 2002 conference for contributions to the security community.

John Iannarelli, supervisory special agent, FBI. Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) John G. Iannarelli entered on duty with the Bureau in April of 1995. In recognition of his investigative work, SSA Iannarelli has received the FBI Director’s Distinguished Service Award. He is now at the Phoenix Division, where he currently serves as the supervisor of the Cyber squad, overseeing all Cyber investigations for the state of Arizona. Iannarelli is also an attorney admitted to the practice of law in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Dan Lohrmann, chief security officer, State of Michigan. With the help of a mere 29 employees, Dan Lohrmann is responsible for safeguarding 19 state agencies, which equates to some 55,000 employees and their desktops, as well as the public at large. He has spent some 13 and a half years in the intelligence community, working much of that time with the National Security Agency (NSA). He graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Winn Schwartau, founder, SCIPP International. Winn Schwartau thinks asymmetrically; some would say “Out of the Box”. If it’s originality in thought, writing, presentations or training, call Winn. He balances his time between writing, lecturing, teaching and building corporate and national security-awareness programs and consulting on cyber-conflict and Infowar to multinational organizations and governments worldwide. In addition to being called, “The Civilian Architect of Information Warfare,” he is one of the country’s most sought leading experts on information security, infrastructure protection and electronic privacy.

Neil Warner, chief information security officer, Go Daddy. Neil is responsible for the Go Daddy’s IT Security, Business Continuity, SSL Registration Authority, Spam/Abuse, IT Audit, Product Quality Assurance and IT Operation organizations. Before joining Go Daddy, Neil served as Director of Technology/Security for NDC Health, a health care information provider. Prior to that, Neil supervised computer operations and administration at Motorola Computer Group. Neil is a Certified Information System Security Professional and a Certified Business Continuity Professional.

Plan to attend and say hello.