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Pub Talk


Pub Master: Mr. Ames Cornish, Managing Partner, Montebello Partners
5:00 p.m.: Networking
5:30 p.m.: Pub Exchange
6:30 p.m.: Networking
7:00 p.m.: Pub Closes!
Open to the Public. Fee: $15 (cash or check, payable at the door).

In recent weeks, millions of computers have been hijacked by malicious code. According to a recent survey, the MS Blaster worm alone infected over 30% of companies with average damage of $475,000. Why is malicious code causing more and more harm to our Internet? How bad will it get? Who is behind it? What can we do about it?

Ames Cornish is a security consultant, Board Director for the FBI-sponsored Infragard, and Founder and Co-chair of the Internet Security special interest group. Mr. Cornish will lead a discussion of the malicious code problem and several proposals for how to fix it: Is it the responsibility of OS vendors? Security companies? Law enforcement? Individual home users? ISP's? All of these groups have been suggested, but none has stepped forward and solved the problem. Come and discuss the technology, business dynamics, and public policy issues that can help us fight back.


The "Power Pub" is a new version of the World Internet Center's traditional Pub evening. In responding to requests to lengthen the presentation and discussion time, we have evolved the "Pub Talk" to an hour-long "Pub Exchange" which will be a highly interactive discussion led, this month, by our expert Pub Master, Mr. Ames Cornish.

The Power Pub begins at 5:00 p.m. with networking and refreshments (wine, beer, sushi, etc.) The Pub Exchange begins at 5:30 p.m. and will wrap up at 6:30 p.m., allowing for an additional 30 minutes of networking. There will be a $15 charge to attend.


Ames Cornish leads Montebello Partners ( which he founded in 1997 to provide business strategy, Internet security, and application development services to high-technology businesses. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-up companies, and venture capital firms.

Mr. Cornish was the founder, Chief Technical Officer, and President of Vividus Corporation, which was funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson in 1991, and acquired by Sunburst Communications in 1997. As the product visionary, he conceived, designed, and developed Vividus' award-winning multimedia authoring (Cinemation), web authoring (Web Workshop), and children's (Amazing Animation) products.

Prior to founding Vividus, Mr. Cornish's roles included managing the Desktop Presentations marketing group at Apple Computer and managing the product marketing team for Business Graphics Software at Hewlett-Packard. Previously, Mr. Cornish worked in corporate finance at Kidder, Peabody, where he assisted in initial public offerings for technology companies and invented a debt-for-debt swap, in which over $100,000,000 was invested.

Mr. Cornish has presented at numerous industry conferences and appeared on national TV and radio broadcasts. He has been elected to the board of directors for the Bay Area chapter of Infragard (, an FBI-sponsored cyber-security organization. He is a member of the executive council of the Software Development Forum (, Silicon Valley's leading developer organization and is the Founder and Co-chairman of SDForum's Internet Security and Privacy special interest group (

Mr. Cornish holds bachelor's and master's degrees in theoretical physics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.