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Week ahead: Uncle Sam's security gambit

With memories of the Sept. 11 attacks still lingering, the White House reveals its National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Plus: Sun holds court and job-cutting Oracle reports earnings.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 16 through Sept. 20.

The big anniversary has come and gone, but security is still on everyone's mind. That includes the White House, which on Wednesday will reveal the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, the president's grand strategy for protecting the nation's computing resources.

Other major events include the SunNetwork Conference, a celebration of all things related to Sun Microsystems, and DemoMobile 2002, a series of executive briefings sure to include plenty of future technology surprises.

Database giant Oracle is set to report first-quarter earnings amid fresh layoffs and modest expectations. Also look for financial news from communications equipment maker 3Com and contract manufacturer Jabil Circuit. The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, CCBN's StreetEvents and CNET Investor.

Other events scheduled this week:

Tech Events
Sunday, Sept. 15
Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • Sun looks at Linux on the corporate desktop and its N1 initiative to pool servers and storage systems at the SunNetwork Conference, Sept. 17-20 in San Francisco. Sun CEO Scott McNealy gives the keynote address Wednesday.

  • Storage Decisions 2002 gives a look at the state of the data storage industry, with speakers including EMC President Joe Tucci. The conference runs Sept. 17-19 in Chicago.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • IBM, Sony, Sprint and others give sneak peeks of upcoming mobile and wireless technology at DemoMobile 2002, an executive forum hosted by research firm IDC, Sept. 18-20 in La Jolla, Calif.

  • Learn about new business technologies at the B2T Conference, happening Sept. 18-19 in Raleigh, N.C.

  • The White House reveals details of its National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, a wide-ranging policy on computer security.
Earnings

Tuesday, Sept. 17

  • Best Buy is one of the leading retailers of computers and consumer electronics. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 18 cents per share.

  • Oracle sells database products and other business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 7 cents a share.

  • Progress Software sells business applications. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • Red Hat sells Linux software. It's expected to report break-even results for its second quarter.

  • Standard Microsystems makes communications equipment. It's expected to report break-even results for its second quarter.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Riverstone Networks sells networking products. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 21 cents a share.

  • Forgent Networks sells video networking software. It's expected to report earnings of a penny per share both for its fourth quarter and the 2002 fiscal year.

Thursday, Sept. 19
  • 3Com makes communications and networking equipment. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 3 cents a share.

  • Jabil Circuit is a contract manufacturer of electronics components. It's expected to report earnings of 14 cents a share for the fourth quarter and 45 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.

  • Tektronix sells test and measurement equipment. It's expected to report first-quarter earnings of 7 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Monday, Sept. 16
  • Business Inventories summarizes total sales and inventory for the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors. July growth is expected to rise to 0.3 percent, from 0.2 percent the previous month.

Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • Capacity Utilization is industrial production divided by capacity. August ratio is expected to climb to 76.2 percent, from 76.1 percent the previous month.

  • Industrial Production measures the total output of U.S. factories, mines and utilities. August growth is expected to hold steady, at 0.2 percent.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • The Consumer Price Index is one of most significant measures of inflation, monitoring the decline or fall of the price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services. August growth is expected to rise to 0.2 percent, from 0.1 percent the previous month.

  • Trade Balance is the total by which imported goods exceed exports. The July deficit is expected to shrink to $37 billion, from $37.2 billion the previous month.
Thursday, Sept. 19
  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. The total is expected to shrink to 410,000 for the week ended Sept. 14, from 426,000 the previous week.

  • Housing Starts is the total of new home construction projects. August number is expected to grow to 1.68 million, from 1.649 million the previous month.