Titled "Growing (and Keeping) a Good Security Staff," the Webcast airs at 7 a.m. PDT, then again at 1 p.m. Registration is required to view the free session.
"Many IT managers who are responsible for setting strategic security decisions and policies need to stretch their security technology investment by growing and keeping good people," said Symantec's Bob Shaffer, who will lead the discussion.
Before the dot-com bubble burst, tech firms in a wide variety of business grappled with hiring top employees, often offering high salaries, large stock-option packages and generous signing bonuses.
For the past two years, however, executives at large and small tech companies have been more concerned with writing severance checks as they shrink their business to match stagnant IT spending.
Security specialists have remained in demand for several reasons: the relatively new threat of cyberterrorism, the constant menace of hacking, and the growing reliance on the Internet as a means of conducting business.
According to aof readers earlier this summer by CNET News.com, one-third of some 2,200 respondents picked security as the area where information technology spending would most increase.
In addition, only 2 percent of respondents said that their companies would decrease spending on security-related applications.
Symantec itself has profited from the renewed interest in security. Last month, the companyfirst-quarter revenue of $316 million, a 39 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. Earnings topped $56.6 million, or 36 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $21.2 million, or 14 cents per share, for the year-ago period.
Additionally, the company announced that it spent $375 million to acquire three security firms: intrusion detection software maker Recourse Technologies, managed security firm Riptech, and vulnerability information firm SecurityFocus.