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IU and SANS Institute partner to help secure Hoosier networks and data

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana University and the prestigious SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute, nationally recognized as a leader in information security training and certification, are partnering to offer an advanced computer security training workshop for Indiana's educational, law enforcement, and non-profit communities. The workshop will take place October 3-8, 2005, at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The extremely popular, six-day course, "SECURITY 505: Securing Windows," offers IT staff working in K-12 school systems, colleges and universities, state and local law enforcement agencies, libraries, and non-profit organizations an opportunity to become certified "experts" in securing Microsoft Windows systems -- an opportunity that might not otherwise be possible due to budgetary and logistical constraints.

By special arrangement with Indiana University, the workshop will be offered to educational, non-Federal law enforcement, library, and state and local non-profit personnel at significantly reduced rates; others may attend at the regular rate.

Security breaches in both the private and public sectors serve as constant reminders of the need to secure our institutional networks, systems, and data. "Securing networks and data has been a relatively attainable goal for large corporations with virtually unlimited resources, but such requirements continue to challenge academic and non-profit institutions that traditionally function with limited staff and strained budgets," said Indiana University IT Security Officer Tom Davis. "As a result, staying abreast of constantly-changing technology and security practices is an extremely difficult and daunting task for public sector enterprises. By hosting this workshop and working to ensure its affordability, Indiana University augments and extends its commitment to help bolster the many state-wide efforts aimed at ensuring the security of our institutional networks, mission critical data, and vital personal information."

Securing Windows offers a comprehensive curriculum for securing Windows 2000/XP/2003 networks. The program aims to bring the complexity of Windows security into clear focus, starting with foundational security services and advancing in a logical progression to specific products and features that rely on these foundations. The workshop objectively provides best practices in security, hands-on exercises, and extensive documentation. The workshop also prepares attendees for the GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator certification exams.

For more information about the workshop, see: http://sans.iu.edu/