Cyber security expert Winn Schwartau will deliver the keynote address at Data Center World 2012 this fall in Nashville, TN (September 30-October 3, 2012).  Mr. Schwartau will cover Disaster Recovery Plans, combating Cyber Crime and the threat of Cyber Terrorism and will highlight how national, as well as natural, disasters begin at the local level.  

AFCOM delivered a study on Disaster Recover & Business Contingency that found that while almost 1-in-5 data centers have experienced a physical disaster, and 1-in-8 a cyber attack or data breach in the past three years, more than 1-in-5 still admit to not testing their plan during this same period. Those findings prompted AFCOM's Data Center Institute to publish a wakeup call for all data centers in last year’s report on disaster recovery.

“A 2011 study conducted by AFCOM, found that most data centers are not adequately prepared for disaster recovery or defense against cyber crimes,” said Jill Yaoz, president of the AFCOM association and chairperson of Data Center World. “Our Data Center Institute report discovered that many data centers either don’t have a plan in place or don’t update and test those plans regularly.  Our selection of Winn Schwartau as the keynote speaker at Data Center World 2012 highlights the critical need for our industry to be prepared for the worst.”

Winn Schwartau, a Nashville resident, is recognized as one of the world's top experts on security, privacy, infowar, cyber-terrorism and related topics and he has testified before Congress and consulted as an expert witness. Mr. Schwartau was named one of the Top 20 Security Industry Pioneers in 2009 and one of the Top 25 Most Influential People for 2008 by Security Magazine. He was voted one of the Top 5 Security Thinkers for 2007 by SC Magazine for IT Security Professionals, and in 2002 he was honored as a Power Thinker and one of the 50 Most Powerful People by Network World.

Data Center World Fall 2012 will include more than 50 educational sessions covering all aspects of the data center and facilities management field including disaster recovery, DCIM, management, data center builds and design, facilities management, power and cooling, cloud as well as pertinent and topical peer-to-peer user sessions and round table discussions.