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Hands-On Network Security






Learn to assess and secure your network infrastructure

April 18-19, 2012

LOCATIONS:

1. Ann Arbor, MI
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2. Fredonia, NY
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In Fredonia, the class will be hosted by Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and held at LoGuidice Educational Center, 9520 Fredonia Stockton Rd., Fredonia, NY 14063.

3. Potsdam, NY
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In Potsdam, the class will be held in B.H. Snell Hall, Room 330 (Peterson Board Room) on the campus of Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave. Potsdam, New York 13699. Get directions to Clarkson University.

4. Princeton, NJ
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In Princeton, the class will be held at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540. Get directions to IAS.

5. Syracuse, NY
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In Syracuse, the class will be held at the offices of NYSERNet, 100 S Salina St., Suite 300, Syracuse, NY 13202. Download directions to NYSERNet (PDF).



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Who Should Attend

Network administrators, system administrators and others who need expertise in network security fundamentals and best practices.



Master the skills of securing your networks

Merit Network is pleased to present Hands-On Network Security: Practical Tools and Methods, an intensive workshop on assessing and securing your network infrastructure using current open-source tools and techniques. The workshop will be offered in Ann Arbor on April 18-19, 2012, with additional classrooms in Fredonia, New York; Potsdam, New York; Princeton, New Jersey; and Syracuse, New York, linked via videoconference.

This course can be delivered at your location. If you have three or more students who would like to attend, and a video conference facility that supports H.323 video and H.239 data transfer, you can arrange to be a video classroom. Read more about hosting this class via video.

This class also has discounts available for Merit Member organizations that send two or more students. See below for more information.

Register for this Course:

Register to attend in Ann Arbor.

Register to attend in Fredonia, NY.

Register to attend in Potsdam, NY.

Register to attend in Princeton, NJ.

Register to attend in Syracuse, NY.

What You'll Learn

This two-day workshop is designed as a comprehensive learning experience to provide practical solutions for addressing major network security issues. The focus will be on studying current attack methodologies, examining your network for vulnerabilities, presenting recommended solutions and best practices for mitigation, and assessing the landscape of available tools and methods used.

The workshop is based on ITS101, Theory and Practice of Campus Computer Security, a course offered to system administrators at the University of Michigan that ultimately trained over 120 staff in network and platform security essentials. Instructor Charles Antonelli developed and taught the U-M course and is pleased to present its key network security contents to a broader audience to benefit other organizations. The course has been presented to Merit Member groups with great success in each of the last four years. Charles updates the course material annually with the latest attacks, defenses and tools.

The course will be taught in a hands-on environment, emphasizing practical application of security principles and tools. It is appropriate for network administrators, system administrators and others who need expertise in network security fundamentals and best practices. The course can serve either as a basic primer for novices or as a refresher course for experienced administrators.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Fundamental Tools
  • Network Attacks: Threats and Countermeasures
  • Password Strength & Cracking
  • Viruses & Worms
  • Firewalls & VPNs
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Network Scanning
  • Linux Security & Logging
  • Web Security: A Reconnaissance Tool

Course Prerequisites

Students should possess a working knowledge of TCP/IP and internetworking fundamentals. Specific protocol details will be covered in the course.

Laptop Requirement

Students should bring an Intel-based laptop to class to participate in virtualized Live Linux experiments. The laptop may run a Windows, Linux/UNIX, or Mac OS X operating system and should be brought to class loaded with VMware Player, Server or Fusion as well as the class virtual laboratory environment; the latter will be available to you a week before the class begins. The laptop should support wired and wireless network connectivity.

About the instructor

Charles J. Antonelli is High Performance Computing Consultant in the Research Systems Group of LSAIT at the University of Michigan, where he is responsible for shared parallel cluster research and evangelization. Dr. Antonelli's recent efforts while in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at U-M include designing the real-time, parallel, automated data ingestion component of a novel data assimilation system for earth science data. At the Center for Information Technology Integration, he built NTAP, a secure distributed network testing and performance tool based on Globus and GARA, and developed and taught a hundred contact-hour security training course for campus administrators. Past work there includes the secure packet vault and the RDMA transport layer for NFSv4 projects. His research interests include cyberinfrastructure, networking, and security. He has taught courses in operating systems, distributed file systems and C++ programming in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, developed and taught advanced security training courses for Information Technology Security Services, and taught Database Application Design and Security in the Digital World in the School of Information, all at U-M. Dr. Antonelli received dual B.S.E. (cum laude) and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He has been a Member of Technical staff at Bell Laboratories, where he worked on the No. 5 ESS.

Dates, Times and Locations

The workshop will be taught from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19, 2012.

Dr. Antonelli will instruct the class at Merit's offices in Ann Arbor. The class will be simultaneously connected via videoconference to other locations. At the video sites the instructor and his workstation will be displayed throughout the class, and students will be able to ask questions and freely interact with the instructor.
  • Ann Arbor Location
    The class will be held at Merit's offices on the second floor at 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Get Directions to Merit's offices.

    Please note that some older map resources and GPS databases may not have correct information for the Oakbrook Drive address; please check directions from other sources against the page linked above. You may park in front or in back of the building, and parking is free.

  • Fredonia, NY
    In Fredonia, the class will be hosted by Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and held at LoGuidice Educational Center, 9520 Fredonia Stockton Rd., Fredonia, NY 14063.

  • Potsdam, NY
    In Potsdam, the class will be held in B.H. Snell Hall, Room 330 (Peterson Board Room) on the campus of Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave. Potsdam, New York 13699. Get directions to Clarkson University.

  • Princeton, NJ
    In Princeton, the class will be held at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540. Get directions to IAS.

  • Syracuse, NY
    In Syracuse, the class will be held at the offices of NYSERNet, 100 S Salina St., Suite 300, Syracuse, NY 13202. Download directions to NYSERNet (PDF).

Read more about hosting this class via video.

Course Cost and Registration

The following pricing options are available:
  • Ann Arbor location
    Registration for Merit Member organizations and other educational organizations is $749 per single attendee. If a Merit Member organization registers two or more students the price per person is $549. If a non-Member educational organization registers two or more students the price per person is $649. Individuals who are not from a Merit Member organization or an educational institution may register for $849.

  • Fredonia, NY location
    Registration for attendees from NYSERNet member organizations is $599. For attendees from other organizations that are not NYSERNet members registration is $649. Individuals who are not from a NYSERNET member organization or an educational institution may register for $849.

  • Potsdam, NY location
    Registration for attendees from NYSERNet member organizations is $599. For attendees from other organizations that are not NYSERNet members registration is $649. Individuals who are not from a NYSERNET member organization or an educational institution may register for $849.

  • Princeton, NJ location
    Registration for all attendees is $649 each regardless of affiliation.

  • Syracuse, NY location
    Registration for attendees from NYSERNet member organizations is $599. For attendees from other organizations that are not NYSERNet members registration is $649. Individuals who are not from a NYSERNET member organization or an educational institution may register for $849.

Register now for this course:

Register to attend in Ann Arbor.

Register to attend in Fredonia, NY.

Register to attend in Potsdam, NY.

Register to attend in Princeton, NJ.

Register to attend in Syracuse, NY.

Payment may be made by credit card, check or purchase order. Registration may be canceled up to 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 30, 2012, minus a processing fee of $35. Cancellations are not available after March 30, and substitutions are allowed if necessary.

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available for these classes through the Professional Learning scholarship program. Anyone from a Merit Member organization may apply for a scholarship, if funding to attend is not otherwise available through the organization. Scholarship applications must be received by March 16, 2012. We are grateful to the Merit Community Supporters for their contribution to the scholarship program.

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