July 11th, 2000

07/11/00 RMIUG Meeting - Cyber-Terrorism

The Tuesday, July 11th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will feature Rob Kolstad talking about the bleeding edge of Internet Security: Cyber Terrorism. Come hear what happens when stealthy hackers use their tools to push the limits of security at important sites.

Join entertaining speaker Rob Kolstad (kolstad@ace.delos.com) as he takes you on a tour of a world in which cyber-terrorism can (and does!) take place. From resources we all depend on to an orchestrated attack on our national infrastructure, this talk shows the underpinnings and terrible results of such attacks.

Rob Kolstad resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was recently Program manager at the SANS Institute, a distributed organization dedicated to education and research in system administration, networking, and security. He recently completed the automation of a distance-learning system that can accommodate tens of thousands of students in a multi-media environment while customizing instruction for each of them individually. Rob is a former member of the USENIX board of directors and continues to edit the USENIX newsletter, ;login:. An expert on perl and many facets of system administration, Kolstad is also the coach of the USA Computing Olympiad, the pre-college programming team that represents the USA at international events.

As always, plenty of time will be allocated for interactive Q&A, so bring plenty of questions and be ready for an interactive discussion filled with lively debate, argumentation, & new ideas.

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The meeting is Tuesday, July 11th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments and informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, which is located on the west end of Table Mesa Drive, up the hill, right under the Flatirons. For door-to-door driving direction, go to MapQuest (http://www.mapquest.com/ ), click on Driving Directions, enter your starting address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.

Our meeting location seats about 120 people. That is usually enough room to accommodate all attendees, but it's impossible for us to predict how many people will show up for any given meeting. Seating is always on a first-come, first serve basis, and in the event of more attendees than seats, we won't be able to admit additional people into the auditorium after all seats are filled.

RMIUG appreciates the ongoing support from XOR Network Engineering ( http://www.xor.com ) for administration of RMIUG's electronic discussion lists & web site. Thanks also to Interliant ( http://www.interliant.com ) for sponsorship of refreshments for our group.

Consultants and companies are invited to bring Internet-related Product information, brochures, and business cards which will be displayed on an information table.

There are email mailing lists set up for this group. To subscribe Or unsubscribe, see http://www.rmiug.org/maillist.html You can also reach the RMIUG "Executive" Committee at rmiug-comm@rmiug.org. Our web site is at http://www.rmiug.org/

Tentative schedule of upcoming 2000 RMIUG meetings:

  • Sep 2000 - "SPAMfest 2000" - Unsolicited email: Who, What, Why, How, and Guerilla Methods to Fight it (on and off the RMIUG lists ;-)
  • Nov 2000 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About XML (but were afraid to ask via email for fear of being flamed...)

(To suggest a topic, send your idea to rmiug-comm@rmiug.org)

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