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SELinux Fundamentals

Merit Network is pleased to present Hands-on SELinux: A Practical Introduction, a short course on the essentials of SELinux. The course will be offered in two evening sessions over the Internet. The class will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on February 20 and 27, 2013. Attend from the comfort of your own home or office!

The short course, taught in two three-hour sessions, is designed as an intensive, hands-on introduction to Red Hat SELinux--a technology that adds mandatory access controls to the Linux kernel and can stop buffer overflow and other malicious attacks in their tracks. The focus will be on understanding the SELinux theory, components, installation, configuration and log records, and how to secure applications both by configuring existing SELinux policies and by creating new policies. You'll come away from this course with the SELinux skills to secure your platform running your own applications.
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This course is a hands-on experience with demonstration, student labs and a focus on understanding the function of SELinux policies. It is appropriate for system administrators, advanced Linux users and others who need expertise in SELinux. The course can serve as a primer for a novice or a refresher for experienced SELinux users.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Brief Linux Review
  • Role-Based Access Control: Subjects, Objects & Policies
  • Introduction to SELinux: Identities, Roles, Types, Domains & Contexts
  • SELinux Components & Modes
  • SELinux Logs & GUIs
  • Lab: Track a policy violation
  • Dynamic Policy Modification & Enforcement
  • Writing SELinux Policies
  • Policy Creation Tools
  • Lab: Create and deploy a policy
  • Introduction to Multi-Level Security

Course Prerequisites

Students should possess a working knowledge of Linux or UNIX and be proficient with the command line. Specific additional skills will be covered in the course.

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 security training course for campus administrators. He has taught courses in operating systems, distributed file systems and C++ programming, security, and database application design.

Dates, Times and Registration

The course will be taught from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on February 20, 2013, and February 27, 2013. The virtual classroom will be open beginning at 5:30 on both days to allow you ample time to connect to the classroom.

Attendees from Merit Member organizations may register for $169. Others may attend for $199.
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Scholarships Available
Scholarships are available 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 January 25, 2013. We are grateful to the Merit Community Supporters for their contribution to the scholarship program.
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Support for this event provided by the Merit Community Supporters: ADVA Optical Networking, Cisco Systems, Data Strategy and Juniper Networks

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