This year's program reflects the expanded role of the information technology professional in the securities industry. As the theme "Balancing Technology With Compliance" suggests, chief information officers and technology managers have been partnering with legal departments to keep up with the latest compliance requirements. Technology managers also play a vital role in the industry's business-continuity plans, testing backup systems so that critical data will be protected in an emergency. Information technology professionals bear the responsibility for protecting their firms from people who would steal vital data or send inappropriate e-mails.
As your managerial role expands, it becomes even more critical to have the latest information on our industry's ongoing projects. The conference sessions have been selected to bring you up to date.
Complying with the new regulations that our industry is facing requires considerable teamwork. By doing our utmost to meet not only the letter but also the spirit of these regulations, we will be doing our part to enhance the public's trust and confidence in our industry.
Your attendance here demonstrates your commitment to learning about the latest developments in our industry and in the technology we use to serve our clients. We thank you for your dedication and contributions to your clients, the industry and SIA.