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Online Class on SELinux Security, Jan. 19 & 26

The Merit Network will hold an Class on SELinux Security, Jan. 19 & 26; this short course focuses on preventing malicious attack.

Taught during two three-hour sessions, it is provided through Merit's Professional Learning program and will be held on January 19 and 26, 2011, beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST each day.

Registration is open to all.

The course's instructor is Charles Antonelli, a research computing specialist at the University of Michigan who has taught classes on many aspects of computer security.

SELinux--or Security-Enhanced Linux--is a set of modifications that adds mandatory access controls to Linux kernels. Administrators can use SELinux to help provide an additional layer of security that complements existing anti-virus and intrusion detection systems. As SELinux does not depend on pre-existing signatures, it can foil attacks that have not yet become known to the security industry.

The course will teach administrators about SELinux principles and components. Topics include installation and configuration, interpretation of log records, and how to secure applications by creating SELinux policies. Students will learn the SELinux skills to secure their own platforms running their own applications.

The course is offered to Merit Members and the broader educational community for US$69, an introductory price made possible through the contributions of Merit's Community Supporter program. Others may register for US$89.

Registration and more information is available.

The Merit Network is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. Merit has been Michigan's Internet2 Network connector since 1999.

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