Important FRUUG Giveaway Information Below
Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Wednesday February 13th ACS Room
123- Open-Source Security Tools
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 13th.
Last spring, the CSI/FBI computer crime survey reported that 91% of the
organizations they surveyed had detected a security breach in the prior
12 months, and 95% of those organizations already had a firewall in
place. This combination of statistics is more than concerning.
Fortunately, a new generation of open-source security tools
in on the loose, and Trent Hein and Ned McClain of
Applied Trust Engineering
will shed some light on them.
With a small amount of effort, you can use open-source tools
to dramatically improve the security of your site. Learn about
freely available, full-featured network scanning tools such as Nessus,
nmap, and ndiff, as well as new tools to facilitate security forensics
such as TCT.
As an added FRUUG-exclusive bonus, attendees will receive a pre-publication
copy of the security chapter from the soon-to-be-released Linux
Handbook (by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, and Trent R. Hein).
Trent Hein is co-founder of Applied Trust Engineering, a leader in
holistic infrastructure and security. Trent worked on the 4.4
BSD port to the MIPS architecture at Berkeley, is co-author of both
the UNIX Systems Administration Handbook and the Linux Administration
Handbook, and holds a BS in Computer Science from the University
Ned McClain, co-founder and CTO of Applied Trust Engineering, lectures
around the globe on applying cutting edge technology in production computing
environments. Ned holds a BS in Computer Science from
Cornell University and is contributing author to both the UNIX System
Administration Handbook and the Linux Administration Handbook.
This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing
Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects
Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.
Notes and resources from our past meetings are available
Most recently, Tom Cargill gave a talk on Microsoft's .NET initiative,
separating the hype from the technical details of the .NET virtual
machine. Tom's slides are available in the
FRUUG Meeting Archive.
Also, as a follow-up to our December "Smart Home" meeting,
Gary Koenig gave the cook's tour of one of McStain's model
homes that they let him loose in. Gary gave lots of
references to technology on display there, and they've also been
added to the
FRUUG Meeting Archive.
Our next meeting will focus on how to secure your DNS server,
presented by Cricket Liu, co-author of O'Reilly &: Associate's
DNS and BIND, 4th Edition. Learn how to earn a free copy of this book
by reading FRUUG Library Notes below.
With this meeting, we're inaugurating our new
FRUUG Giveaway program with new eligibility rules.
In order to be eligible for our giveaway that includes
Gift Certificates to SoftPro Books and
Special Giveaway Books from our
publisher sponsors (and of course the occasional T-Shirt),
you must have earned a
FRUUG Library Merit Badge by
reviewing one of the books in our library. These reviews
can be as short or as long as you like (within reason),
and once you've given us one, your eligible for our giveaways
from then on. Details are on our
FRUUG Library Page on our Web site.
Just so we don't end up with the absurd situation of one
person winning all of our giveaways because only one person
writes a book review, we're
guaranteeing the first five
people to earn the FRUUG Library Merit Badge the gift of
your choice from the following selections:
A $20 Gift Certificate from SoftPro Books in Boulder or
Denver. If more than one person per month selects this
option, you'll be put in the queue to get the next one
we receive (SoftPro donates one per meeting).
The book of your choice from the FRUUG library.
Yes, any book you like. Yes, if you're one of the first
five, review the book and then keep it.
A brand-new copy of
DNS and BIND, 4th Edition by Paul Albitz and Cricket
Liu. O'Reilly & Associates have donated an extra copy
of this book for our March/April meeting on Securing your
DNS server, to be presented by Cricket Liu.
(We have only one copy to give away, first come, first served).
Please refer to the
FRUUG Library Page on our site
for details on how to submit a book review.
Our FRUUG library sponsors are reminding us that they are
providing us with review copies of their books in order to get,
well, reviews of them. In order for us to continue to receive
their generous donations, we need to start giving them feedback
on their books. If you check out a FRUUG book, please plan
to write a paragraph on what you thought of the book, or point
out areas that you particularly liked or didn't like. They
don't have to be polished reviews for publication-- they
are reviews for them to improve their books. If you can
manage to put a few words together, please send them (along
with the title and publisher of the book) to gaede at fruug.org
and we'll send it along to the appropriate people.
New in the library this month are:
- Linux System Administration, A User's Guide, by Marcel Gagne,
from Addison Wesley
- Solaris 8 Security, by Edgar Danielyan, from New Riders
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts
on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly &
Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.