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ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Filed at 4:18 pm under by Ruscetta

The feature presentation for our ALE Central Meeting at
7:30pm on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 will be:

“The Seven Most Deadly Sins of Linux Security”
presented by Bob Toxen

Abstract:
– Bob Toxen will discuss the seven most deadly sins of Linux security
and how to avoid them with time for Q&A. Key points include:
=> Understanding the seven most deadly sins
=> Password issues
=> Open network ports
=> Insecure and badly configured programs
=> How to protect against new unforseen vulnerabilities
=> The trade-offs between security and convenience

– Participants will learn how to decide what software to install while
installing Linux and how to harden a Linux system after the installation
to greatly reduce the likelihood of a break-in. This presentation is
unique in that a few key techniques will be explained that allow any
SysAdmin — newbie or with decades of experience — to harden a desktop,
laptop, or server in an hour or two so that it will be orders of magnitude
more difficult to compromise.

Bio:
– Mr. Bob Toxen is author of Real World Linux Security Second Edition, 848pp
published by Prentice Hall PTR. He is a world-class expert on Linux and
UNIX security and mixed-OS network security using Linux. His 30+ years of
UNIX and 16 years of Linux experience including being one of the developers
of Berkeley UNIX and being one of the four creators of Silicon Graphics’ UNIX.
– His consulting practice focuses on hardening Linux servers, security
consulting, Linux System Administration, network and computer security
using low cost Linux solutions, including firewalls, virus and spam
filters, VPNs, teaching computer security around the world, and more.

Related link:
Real World Linux Security (2nd Edition)

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The meeting will be held at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at

http://ale.org/?page_id=2