Dan Verton, a senior writer on the staff of Computerworld in Washington, DC, covering national cyber security issues and homeland security, will be among the featured speakers on the Data Security and Privacy panel at the B2T Conference.

The conference, hosted by Business Leader magazine, is set for Sept. 18 and 19 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh.

Verton has written thousands of stories on national security, the intelligence community and national defense topics. His work appears regularly in Computerworld, as well as on CNN.com, PC World, The Industry Standard and others. He is also author of “The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers,” published by McGraw-Hill. As a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Verton served as senior briefing officer for the Second Marine Expeditionary Force and analyst in charge of the Balkans Task Force from 1994-1996.

Other panel members include Brian O’Higgins, vice president, chief technology officer and founder of Entrust; Clain Anderson, program director of Client Security for the IBM Personal Computing Division; Mike Daniels, executive VP and director of Security Compliance at Secure Enterprise Computing; and David Chatham, account director of Client Security at Brodeur Worldwide, who will moderate the panel.

Now in its third year, B2T will address top IT issues such as data security, physical security, wireless, competitive intelligence, convergence, leveraging IT investments, customer relationship management and more.

The B2T Conference: www.theb2tconference.com