February 02, 2011 08:03 ET

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to Speak at Data Center World

U.S. Policy Luminary and Expert on National Security to Discuss Rising Threat of Cyber Terrorism and How Data Center Managers Need to Prepare

ORANGE, CA--(Marketwire - February 2, 2011) - AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, today announced John R. Bolton, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the keynote address at the Spring 2011 Data Center World conference to be held in at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., March 26-31, 2011.

Ambassador Bolton's address titled "Leadership in Adversity and Threats to American Security" will focus on managing under duress and the security issues the U.S. faces, especially given the increase in cyber terrorism. Bolton will also offer advice to attendees about how to predict difficulties and manage them before they become overwhelming, and when to be persistent in pursuing objectives. His keynote takes place Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 8:00 a.m.

"Managing through adversity is the true test of leadership, and today's data center managers throughout the country and around the world are having their skills tested every day with growing risks to the security of their businesses," said Ambassador Bolton. "Terrorism poses the single biggest threat to our economic and political stability and it is essential for professionals at the nerve center of business -- the IT data center -- to collaborate and create clear strategies to defending our security interests and leading their companies to safer ground."

U.S. officials recently told the Financial Times that attempted terror attacks on the U.S. are at their highest levels since 2001, and a significant cyber-attack will likely be targeted toward financial institutions. Based on his long career dedicated to international affairs and public service, Ambassador Bolton will provide a candid survey of world trouble spots and how U.S. economic and security interests in these regions can affect the ability to do business both domestically and globally.

"Data is an extremely valuable and vulnerable thing. Many of our members are responsible for the security of the most critical, sensitive and secretive personal, military, governmental and financial information in the world," said Jill Eckhaus, CEO of AFCOM. "Since security is such a huge issue for data center managers today, and will continue to be in the coming years, AFCOM will also be offering sessions at Data Center World specifically on data protection."

Bolton was appointed as U.S. permanent representative to the U.N. on August 1, 2005 and served until his resignation in December 2006. Prior to his appointment, he served as undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Previous positions include assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State; assistant attorney general, Department of Justice; assistant administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, U.S. Agency for International Development; and general counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development.

For more than 30 years, Data Center World has been the largest global event of its kind. It was also named one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in the U.S., and is often regarded as the premier networking and educational event by data center managers and industry professionals.

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About Data Center World Conference
Data Center World, operated by AFCOM, the world's leading 4,000-member data center association, is the industry's premier networking and educational conference, and occurs bi-annually. Thousands of data center professionals, from many of the largest corporations across all industries, government organizations, and academic institutions in the world attend Data Center World to share, discuss and learn about the latest data center trends, technologies and best practices, as well as products and services by some of the world's leading data center technology and service providers. Tradeshow Week recognizes Data Center World as one of the 50 fastest growing shows in the U.S. (2006, 2007 and 2008). For more information, visit

AFCOM ( is a leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,000 members and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its annual Data Center World Conferences, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

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