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Hands-On Network Security: Practical Tools and Methods, April 27-29

On April 27-29, Merit Network will host a repeat presentation of Hands-On Network Security: Practical Tools and Methods, a course designed to help organizations maximize the security of their networks.

Taught over 2-1/2 days, the course is designed as an intensive, hands-on learning experience in how to assess and secure network infrastructures using contemporary open-source tools and techniques. The focus will be on studying current attack methodologies, examining networks for vulnerabilities, presenting recommended solutions and best practices for mitigation, and assessing the landscape of available tools and methods.

Hands-On Network Security is based on a course originally developed for 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 benefit other organizations. The course has been presented to Merit Member groups with great success in November 2008 and May 2009.

The course can serve either as a basic primer for novices or as a refresher course for experienced administrators. Students should have a working knowledge of TCP/IP and internetworking fundamentals, and should have authorization to run network-testing tools within their own network environments. Key topics to be covered include:

  • Reconnaissance tools
  • Network protocol attacks
  • Password attacks
  • Viruses, worms & payloads
  • Denial of service attacks
  • Firewalls & VPNs
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Network scanning

Dates and times

The workshop will be taught from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28; and 8:00 to noon on Thursday, April 29. The workshop will conclude with a lab session from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The Tuesday afternoon session will cover review and fundamentals of networking and protocols; students proficient in these topics may skip the review session and attend beginning on Wednesday morning.

About the instructor

Charles Antonelli, Ph.D., is a research computing specialist affiliated with the University of Michigan’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He has taught regular courses and graduate seminars in the School of Information and the College of Engineering at U-M and his research interests include networks, security, and cyberinfrastructure. Charles received his doctorate in Computer, Information, and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan, and has been a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories.

Registration details

Registration for individuals from Merit Member organizations is $699 per attendee. Attendees from non-profit organizations that are not Merit Members may attend for $749. Others may register for $799.