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Tenable Network Security Executive Named 2005 Techno-Security Professional of the Year; Marcus J. Ranum Honored for Longstanding Contributions to Network Security.

COLUMBIA, Md. -- The TrainingCo today announced that Marcus J. Ranum, Chief Security Officer of Tenable Network Security, has been named 2005 Techno-Security Professional of the Year.

Ranum, a renowned expert on security system design and implementation, is recognized as the inventor of the proxy firewall, as well as the implementer of the first commercial firewall product. Since the late 1980's, Ranum has designed a number of groundbreaking security products including the DEC SEAL, the TIS firewall toolkit, the Gauntlet firewall, and NFR's Network Flight Recorder intrusion detection system. He has been involved in every level of operations of the IT security industry, from solutions developer to CEO. Ranum has also served as a technology advisor to a number of start-ups, established concerns and venture capital groups.

"We personally evaluated thousands of security specialists through direct personal contact. Marcus Ranum is one of the most respected and recognized security experts in the world. Over the years, Marcus has made significant contributions to the industry and is very deserving of this award," said Don Withers, CEO and Co-Founder of The TrainingCo.

Throughout his career, Ranum has also served as a consultant to several FORTUNE 500 firms and national governments, as well as a guest lecturer and instructor at high-tech conferences across the country. In 2001, he was awarded the TISC "Clue" award for service to the security community, as well as the ISSA Lifetime Achievement Award. Before joining Tenable, Ranum was a senior scientist at Trusecure Corp., an international risk management firm.

This year's award will be presented at the Seventh Annual International Techno-Security Conference on June 12th in Myrtle Beach, SC. Ranum will deliver keynote remarks on the topic of "Cyberterror: Hype and Bogosity at the Security Feeding-Trough".

Today's announcement also marks the second consecutive year Tenable Network Security has been recognized by The TrainingCo. In 2004, Tenable's President and CEO Ron Gula was named Techno-Security Professional of the Year.

About The TrainingCo

The TrainingCo is a nationally known provider of specialized security, forensics and cyber crime training and conference production. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Annapolis Maryland, The TrainingCo also have offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and New York. The founders of the company have been pioneers in the trend towards the convergence of information technology and physical security since their first Techno Security Conference over six years ago. Prior to forming the company, the founders each spent over two decades specializing in both technical and physical security threats and countermeasures. They are both members of the National Speakers Association and have collectively trained over 10,000 people in a variety of security awareness issues ranging from bomb recognition, social engineering to identity theft. For more information, please visit

For more information about the Seventh Annual International Techno-Security Conference to be held June 12-15 in Myrtle Beach, go to

About Tenable Network Security

Tenable, located in Columbia, Md., develops enterprise security solutions that provide vulnerability management, intrusion detection, and security event notifications across entire organizations for effective network security management. Tenable is uniquely positioned to detect vulnerabilities with active and passive scanning and analysis, and host-based patch monitoring for enterprise networks. Key product lines include: Nessus, the leading global technology utilized for open source vulnerability scanning; NeWT, standalone vulnerability scanning for Windows environments; NeVO, passive vulnerability monitoring; Lightning, enterprise security management; and, Thunder, secure log aggregation and analysis. For more information, please visit us at
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