RMIUG Meeting Minutes - Web Fest '96
The 25th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet User Group started as 7:00
with Dan Murray as moderator. There were
between 100-125 people in attendance.
Dan first introduced Alek Komarnitsky.
Alek showed the Taco Bell full page ad in
the Wall Street Journal from April 1st,
showing how Taco Bell was buying the Liberty
Bell and renaming it the "Liberty Taco Bell"
Alek mentioned how the Internet has a long
history of April Fools Pranks (ex: The April
1st, 1984 annoncement about "kremvax" joining
the Internet) and hoped that everyone enjoyed
our good-natured posting.
Carroll Blend, the RMIUG librarian, announced
the availability of books and solicited
ideas on how to be books back which have
been loaned out earlier. Anyone with ideas
should contact Carroll at email@example.com.
Dan performed the normal audience survey,
with the following results:
- about 1/2 the people were there for
the first time
- all were using the world-wide-web
- most were using NetScape 2.0 or newer
- some indicated they were impacted by
hackers on the net
- a fair number were shopping on the net
- a slightly fewer number actually bought
something on the net
- a larger number indicated they will
use credit cards on the net
Some announcements from the floor:
Phil Dubois, a lawyer who previously represented
Phil Zimmerman of PGP fame and who spoke
earlier at the RMIUG, is now representing
Eric Robinson on the issue of retaining
domain names. Robinson has had the domain
clue.com and it is being retracted by the
InterNic and given to a large board game
manufacturer. Phil asked for anyone who
has experience or expertice in this area
to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Westermann, RMII, is looking for a
sales associate to market Internet services
in Boulder. Contact him at email@example.com.
Al Gardner of E. Central, an ISP in Denver,
is setting up an on-line community for denver
at www.ecentral.com and is offering discounts
for web developers from the RMIUG. Contact
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Zigman announced an "Internet
Security" seminar at the Sun Office in Englewood
on April 23rd at 7:30 am. Contact her at
Randall, a volunteer with KVDI Channel
12, explained there would be an Internet
Day during the pledge drive. He will be
looking for volunteers to help on the phone
bank for a 5 hour shift. He will have more
information upcoming. Contact him at email@example.com.
Jay Wiser offered free copies of a new
Windows product which can be used to replace
Program Manager on the desktop.
Spike Ilacqua of Indra's Net now has ISDN
connections available and operating. Contact
him at ISDN@indra.com.
The evening's speaker was Greg Ching
(firstname.lastname@example.org) who works with
SunSoft, the software subsidiary of Sun
Greg discussed some of the issues related
to Internet Security, where companies are
interested in participating in the Internet,
but are concerned about the risks associated
with being online. He referenced security
items ranging from evaluating the risks,
looking at potential loss of customers,
revenue or confidential data; assessing
the potentials for theft of data; or opening
up the risk of "corporate" sabotage. Greg
emphasized the need for a corporate security
policy, putting it as the foundation for
implementing levels of security: access
control, authentication, privacy and audits.
Greg next spoke about 4 Sun Security products:
- Solstice FireWall-1
- NetScape Proxy Server for Solaris
- Solstice SunScreen
- NetScape Commerce Server for Solaris.
He discussed in some detail the Solstice
FireWall product which provides a GUI interface
for implementing a corporate-wide security
policy. The OEM software product focuses
on using hardware authentication and compartmentalizes
applications, building "fire ridges" between
departments. He showed samples of the user
interface and how it could be used to handle
IP address translation for authentication.
He commented on how it could be used to
implement Virtual Private Networks, over
leased lines, with ISP encrypting packets
going to other ISPs.
Greg also review the three other Sun products,
describing their function for serving web
pages (NetScape Proxy Server for Solaris),
hardware firewall turnkey solutions (Solstice
SunScreen) and managing secure web applications
(NetScape Commerce Server for Solaris.)
The meeting adjourned at 9:00.
RMIUG wishes to thank Internet One
of Boulder for sponsoring the refreshments,
NIST for the use of their meeting room,
and XOR Network Engineering for maintenance
of RMIUG's WWW site and email lists.
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