05/14/02 RMIUG Meeting
- Network Security in an Unsafe World
(note: No "April Fooling" around this
time - this one's for real!)
The Tuesday, May 14th meeting of the Rocky
Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will
feature a panel discussion called "Network
Security in an Unsafe World." Join us as
our expert panelists help us understand
the issues related to keeping networks secure
and what causes that security to be breeched
at times. Even if you're not directly responsible
for network security in your work, this
panel promises to offer a fascinating glimpse
into the mostly unseen world of Internet
security and the cat-and-mouse battles between
hackers and system administrators. As always,
plenty of time will be given for interactive
Q&A, so bring lots of questions.
Trent Hein (email@example.com)
and Ned McClain (firstname.lastname@example.org), founders
of Applied Trust Engineering, will give
a presentation entitled "Beyond the Firewall:
Completing the Security Model." They will
cover issues such as user education, security
policy, sysadmin procedures, security incident
handling, vulnerability testing, and software
patching, which are necessary security measures
even when you have a firewall. These often-overlooked
aspects of security can make the difference
between surviving a disaster and being crushed
by it. Trent and Ned recently teamed with
other industry experts to co-author the
Linux Administration Handbook, and we will
be giving away a free copy at the meeting.
Applied Trust Engineering, based in Boulder,
provides IT security and infrastructure
Robert Gray (email@example.com)
founder of Boulder Labs and David Clements
partner at Boulder Labs will give a presentation
on the security of wireless networks. Wireless
Networks are pervasive, and the speakers
find that 80-90% of these networks are wide
open to anyone with a laptop and a wireless
card. For those networks which do enable
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption,
a series of attacks will usually break the
encryption key, thereby compromising the
network. The speakers will show the results
(including a map!) of their "War Driving"
experiment in Boulder, which is a method
used to find open networks in an area. Finally,
they will describe numerous precautions
for securely deploying a Wireless Network.
Boulder Labs is a Colorado based, software
consulting company with expertise in embedded
systems, Network Security, and System Administration.
URL's of interest:
The meeting is Tuesday, May 14th 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 (NCAR) at
1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. To get
to NCAR from the Boulder Turnpike (US 36)
or Broadway (US 93), take Table Mesa Drive
west towards the mountains for approximately
2.5 miles into the foothills. NCAR is at
the top of the hill. For door-to-door driving
directions, 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
*** We'd like to give a big welcome to
our new sponsor, ONEWARE (http://www.ONEWARE.com)
-- a Colorado-based software company that
provides semi-custom web-based applications,
who is sponsoring the RMIUG meeting minutes!
RMIUG also appreciates the ongoing sponsorship
of food and beverages by MicroStaff (www.microstaff.com).
MicroStaff provides Creative and Technical
Talent for Web, Interactive Media, Marketing
Communications and Software Development
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,
You can also reach the RMIUG "Executive"
Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our web site is at http://www.rmiug.org/
Tentative schedule of upcoming RMIUG meetings:
- July - Sorry, cancelled due to venue
unavailability (stay tuned for possible
RMIUG "Segue (not Segway ;-) into Summer"
- September 10 - "Technology and the
Internet in Colorado Politics"
- November 12 - "Starting an Internet/Software
- Jan 2003 - "Nonprofits on the Net -
A Web of Activism"
- Mar 2003 - "Domain Update - Legal Issues
& Technical Changes"
- May 2003 - "Web Technology - What the
Present and Future Holds"
- July 2003 - "E-Learning: Did the Hype
Ever Pan Out?"
- Sep 2003 - "Instant Messaging vs. Email
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