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2005 System Administration Symposium

AUUG is pleased to present the 2005 Systems Administration Symposium, a chance to expand your knowledge, meet with domain experts and peers, and discuss the administration of Unix, Linux, MAC OS X and heterogeneous systems that include Windows.

The symposium will be held in Sydney at the Australian Institute of Management, 215 Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW 2060 on Wednesday 6 July 2005.

In association with the symposium AUUG is pleased to present Abe Singer of the Security Technologies Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center who will give a tutorial on Logging Infrastructure and Log Analysis. This tutorial will be presented at AIM in Sydney on Tuesday 5 July 2005, and in Melbourne at the Australian Industry Group, Ground Floor, 20 Queens Road, Melbourne Vic 3004 on Tuesday 12 July 2005.


Wednesday, 6 July 2005
AIM, North Sydney

0830 - 0920 Registration (tea and coffee served on arrival)
0920 - 0930 Welcome David Purdue, President, AUUG Inc.
0930 - 1010 Automated Monitoring Of PC Hardware Frank Crawford, ac3
1010 - 1050 Which Linux Filesytem? Dr Peter Chubb, Gelato@UNSW
1050 - 1110 Morning Tea
1110 - 1150 Solaris Network Performance Considerations David Purdue, Sun Microsystems
1150 - 1230 Firewall Redundancy and Failover - The Thousand Dollar Challenge Adrian Close, Hitwise
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1410 Patch Management Through Automated Baseline Management Services Rodney Lindner, Sun Microsystems
1410 - 1450 Minimising Threats By Keeping Red Hat And Related Systems Up To Date Frank Crawford, ac3
1450 - 1510 Afternoon Tea
1510 - 1550 Security Without Firewalls Abe Singer, San Diego Supercomputer Center
1550 - 1650 Panel Session: Fitness for purpose - selecting the right platform for the job Dr Peter Chubb, Gelato@UNSW
Frank Crawford, ac3
Alan Hargreaves, Sun Microsystems
Abe Singer, San Diego Supercomputer Center
1650 - 1700 Wrap Up David Purdue, President, AUUG Inc.

Full programme details are available here.

Logging Infrastructure and Log Analysis Tutorial

Photo of Abe SingerPresented by Abe Singer

Sydney: Tue 5 July 2005
Melbourne: Tue 12 July 2005

This tutorial will describe how to build an infrastructure to collect, preserve, and extract useful information from computer operating system and application logs - ultimately to help the system administrator learn more about what is happening on their systems and network. The tutorial will be valuable to computer security and system administrators that deal with UNIX, Linux, MAC OS X and Windows, particularly those managing heterogeneous networks.

Abe Singer is a respected Open Systems security expert with the Security Technologies Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. In providing operational security for the Center, he participates in incident response and forensics, and is expanding the SDSC logging infrastructure. His research is in pattern analysis of syslog data for data mining. Abe is the author of "Building a Logging Infrastructure" (SAGE, 2004., and is currently writing a book on Log Analysis, to be published by O'Reilly in early 2006.

Abe has served as an expert witness for the US Department of Justice in cases of illegal intrusion and has been named "Investigator of the Year" by the High Tech Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA).

As a bonus, Abe will also be presenting a paper at the Systems Administration symposium (Sydney only) entitled "Security Without Firewalls" that will challenge the industry wide preoccupation with firewalls and back this up with his real life experience in networks containing thousands of machines.

Click here (PDF) for an extended description of the tutorial.

On the day of the tutorial the registration desk will open at 8:30am, with tea and coffee available on arrival. The tutorial will start at 9:00am and run until 5:00pm.


Any other queries regarding the Symposium, including sponsorship opportunities, should be addressed to Liz Carroll, phone: +61 2 8824 9511, fax: +61 2 8824 9522, email: