ChicagoCon to Put the Windy City Back on IT Map

| August 7, 2007
Presented by the Ethical Hacker Network, ChicagoCon combines a professional security conference, certification training and a hacker con into a single, unique event from September 17 – 23, 2007.

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Westchester, IL (PRWEB) July 23, 2007 — Presented by the Ethical Hacker Network (EH-Net) and its parent company, The Digital Construction Company (TDCC), ChicagoCon is poised to become the premier security event in the industry by bringing together the biggest names in education and certification under one roof for a week of security training like no other. With boot-camp style, hands-on classroom training, ChicagoCon will host 11 courses featuring a cross-section of the security landscape. From the novice, to the ultimate techie to those reaching for the CISO chair… everyone interested in a career in security will find something at ChicagoCon, your one-stop shop for security training and certification.

The city of broad shoulders was once the king of the hill when it came to technology conferences. Even before the death of COMDEX, the show had abandoned our city. Many others have left for warmer climates and more supportive communities. Since that time, security has taken the IT world by storm and rightfully so. Chicago has a great community of security professionals, and it's time for that community to come together to bring high caliber events back to the Windy City.

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The Chicagoland area is home to numerous certifications organizations including CompTIA, publications like Certification Magazine, 235% more programmers than Silicon Valley, countless technology companies such as Motorola and Boeing as well as the many new online ventures such as EH-Net, an online magazine and portal for security professionals. "It only makes sense for a new breed of professional development events to be introduced right here, and ChicagoCon is that event," says TDCC CEO, Deana L. Donzal. 

But ChicagoCon is not just another boot camp, security conference or hacker con. It's all of those wrapped into one. By also providing top instructors (most of whom are published), well known certifications, evening presentations from top researchers and educators, hacking demos & contests as well as gift bags for all, this unique event adds plenty of additional value to already strained training budgets. Morning keynotes will also be featured from industry luminaries John C. Dvorak (Columnist, Author, Editor), Steve Hunt (Industry Analyst, Blogger), Lance Spitzner (Honeynet Project), Doug Steelman (Department of Defense), and Vincent Weafer (Symantec).

When it comes to training and certification, we realize that instructors make all the difference in the world. For that reason, we chose to partner with award winning training providers, Training Camp and the InfoSec Institute, and both are offering discounts to their normal prices for all ChicagoCon attendees. Together we have assembled an impressive list of instructors, all of which are prominently displayed with full biographies at http://www.chicagocon.com , to bring the following 5-Day classes:

Management
  • PMP/CAPM – Project Management
  • SOX/COBIT – Compliance
  • CISSP — Security Management (7-Day Course)
Beginner
  • Ethical Hacking Fundamentals (Network+/Security+)
  • Linux+ – Open Source Operating System
  • CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Associate
Intermediate
  • CEH (CNDA) – Certified Ethical Hacker
  • CHFI – Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator
  • SNPA — Securing Networks with Cisco PIX / ASA
Advanced
  • CEPT – Certified Expert Penetration Tester
  • Web Application Hacking

Learning and practical experience are the hallmarks of this event, and ChicagoCon 2007 is fully prepared for the students to hit the ground running at MicroTrain in Lombard, Illinois. With a plush 180-seat, stadium-style auditorium for the keynotes and evening presentations, the facilities also have separate classrooms with computers and the courseware provided for the students, whiteboards and projectors for the instructors, as well as meeting space and lounge areas for all to eat, study and network with colleagues. And with the exams being provided on site (except PMP), there is every reason to believe that all students will go home with an industry recognized credential in hand. When all is said and done, the students will be exhausted not from simply sitting and listening but rather gaining real, hands-on skills. All participants will leave Chicago feeling fully satisfied with the investment made in themselves and their company.

Each morning we will start the day at 8:00 AM with a free continental breakfast and morning keynote. Class starts promptly at 9:00 AM. Lunch is provided and then back to class for more instruction time. After a short evening break, review sessions will complete your classroom activities for the day… Then the fun starts.

With some dinners being provided at the event, you will move right into the evening presentations. Starting with the Softcore Sessions, we'll cover topics such as career advancement and policy discussions. Then we'll move into the Hardcore Sessions with hacking demonstrations and in-depth technical discussions. At the end of each day, your brain will be mush… and that's a good thing!

Better get to bed to do it all over again the next day. We highly recommend, even for local attendees, to stay at one of the host hotels with the optional travel package. Eliminating all outside distractions will help you concentrate on your studies and advance your career.

Donald C. Donzal, Editor-In-Chief of EH-Net and organizer of ChicagoCon, states, "In order to get Chicago to be synonymous again with world-class technology events, it's going to take creativity to put a new spin on the 'events of old' and career advancement must be the focus. With the work ethic of a blue collar town, the best sports fans anywhere, even better food, throw in the brain power of the Chicago IT community, and there is no better host city in the world than the 3rd largest US and 24th largest global metropolis."

To register, please visit the ChicagoCon Web Site and click "Register Now!" Send all pre-con questions to questions2007 @ chicagocon.com.

About Training Camp
Training Camp is the recognized leader for providing accelerated learning courses that offer information technology professionals rapid skills transfer and accelerated time to competency. Training Camp's programs cover the industry's most in-demand vendor and vendor-neutral certifications for information technology. Training Camp, founded in 1998, is a privately held company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. http://www.trainingcamp.com

About The InfoSec Institute
InfoSec Institute was founded in 1998 by a group information security instructors that desired to build a business by offering the best possible training experience for students. Our wide range of security specific classes help a diverse group of customers get the training they deserve. Our satisfied customers include the CIA, NSA, FBI, US Army, Microsoft, HP, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and many others. http://www.infosecinstitute.com

About MicroTrain Technologies
MicroTrain is Chicagoland's premiere computer lab room rental facility. With 23 spacious computer labs ranging from 12 to 20 workstations in each one, we offer the most modern, comfortable and attractive training center in the Chicago area at the most affordable prices. MicroTrain's facilities are conveniently located in downtown Chicago and in the surrounding Chicago land suburbs. http://www.microtrain.net

About The Digital Construction Company
The Digital Construction Company is a Chicagoland business founded with a mission to educate and push the careers of information technology professionals through its many properties including online magazines, the Certified Security Professional and the Ethical Hacker Network, and our training event, ChicagoCon. ChicagoCon is a Service Mark of TDCC. http://www.digitalconstructionco.com

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