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13th Annual FIRST Conference In Toulouse, France

Fri, May 23, 2003General

The conference will be a five day event, with two days of tutorials and three days of
technical sessions including refereed paper presentations, invited talks, and panel

The presentations are international in scope and include the latest in incident response and prevention, vulnerability analysis, and computer security. Additionally, these events serve as the foundation for the improvement of computer security worldwide via the sharing of goals, ideas, and information. See the FIRST website for more information.

Diego Zamboni Earns Fellowship From IBM

Fri, May 23, 2003General

One of the Doctoral candidates at CERIAS is already making news headlines. Diego Zamboni was selected as the recipient of the Josef Raviv Fellowship from IBM.

The IBM Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science was created to honor Dr. Raviv, the founder and director of IBM’s Haifa Research Lab, who died in a car accident in 1999.  He had a distinguished research career in Information Theory and was a pioneer in the Israeli high-tech industry. For more information on Joe Raviv, see

IBM offers only one Raviv Fellowship each year to a recent Ph.D. who shows exceptional promise for a research career in computer science.  The fellowship will be for one year, with an opportunity for IBM to renew for an additional year.

NSA Releases Windows 2000 Security Documents

Fri, May 23, 2003General

The National Security Agency just released several guides, with several more to be added shortly, to help Department of Defense
organizations secure Windows 2000.  Many DoD organizations have adopted
the guides as standards.  Sample titles:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Architecture Guide
  • Guide to Securing Microsoft Windows 2000 DNS
  • Guide to Securing Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory

In a major departure from historic precedent, NSA is also making the
documents available to the security community outside the DoD.

You may download these documents directly from the NSA’s site.

CERIAS Offering FREE Seminars Again This Fall

Fri, May 23, 2003General

The security seminar has been held every semester since 1992 and invites people from all areas of computer security, forensics and criminal investigation to talk about what they do. For more details. see the seminar page.

This semester we will have local cable coverage (Lafayette, IN area) for the seminar every Wednesday afternoon including:

  • Simulcast on Purdue Channel 4 / 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Simulcast on URTAS Channel 15 / 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Tape Delay on Insight Channel 5 / 5:00-6:00 PM
  • Tape Delay on All 3 Channels / 6:00-7:00 PM

If you have any question or would like to present at the Security Seminar, please contact Dr. Sam Wagstaff.

Now You Can Add A CERIAS Sidebar

Fri, May 23, 2003General

If you would like instant access to what CERIAS has to offer and you are running Netscape 6 or later then check out our new sidebar. Simple to add and keeps you in touch with what is happening here at CERIAS.

Need Some Help Securing Your Website

Fri, May 23, 2003General

Space is limited in Securing Your Website, the first in a series of seminars this Fall. This day and a half course will provide you with practical tips and techniques for securing your website.

Topics that will be covered include:  Network Layout, Common Events or Exploits and Appropriate Responses, Determining Appropriate Server/OS Configurations for Your Needs, Securing the Host, Pitfalls to Avoid in Popular Application Services, Web Proxying, Browser Security, and System Monitoring.

Get your registration form filled out and get it in today.

CERIAS Awarded Scholarships For Service for 2002 & 2003

Fri, May 23, 2003General

Purdue has been awarded 10 of the scholarships that began in the Fall of 2001. Several of these are still available for Spring 2002.  Another 10 are for the fall of 2002, and then 10 more in fall of 2003.

Each fellowship will cover full tuition and fees for 2 years while the recipient pursues a MS degree with specialization in security. You can find out more about these scholarships and how to apply but hurry - time is running out to apply for next semester.

Director Addresses Congressional Committee

Fri, May 23, 2003General

CERIAS Director Eugene Spafford addressed a congressional committee on October 10th and shared his concerns on security with our nations leaders. More information is available in the Purdue newswire press release.

The archived testimony can be seen in its entirety online - you will need a player from Real.

CERIAS Incident Response Database Is Now Available

Fri, May 23, 2003General

Free to educational institutions, the first release of the CERIAS Incident Response Database, v. 1.01b, is now available:


The CERIAS Incident Response Database is a web-based system intended to be used while responding to incidents. It has for primary objective assessing the cost of incidents for various uses and criteria. Therefore it supports classifications of incidents (including custom ones) and billing. It records the time it is in use while someone is working on an incident, and attaches the dollar amount (from an hourly rate) to the incident, anonymized by the person’s role played in the incident. In order to have an accurate record of the time spent on an incident, it is feature-rich and has conveniences to encourage its use. It is hoped that it will be the primary repository and archive of incident information.

Learning to Detect Intrusions with Extremely Few False Alarms

Fri, May 23, 2003General

Professor Jude Shavlik from the University of Wisconsin - Madison will be doing a seminar on intrusion detection systems with low false alarms on November 3-4. This seminar is hosted by Carla Brodley of the ECE department.

For more information, check out more of the details online.

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