Atlanta, GA – September 12, 2005 – Big Nerd Ranch Announces New
Network Security Bootcamp for Fall, November 7- 11, 2005

Big Nerd Ranch announces the newest addition to its roster of classes,
Network Security Bootcamp, featuring instructor Keith Murphy. The Network
Security Bootcamp is a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to tools and
techniques for maintaining data integrity in a networked environment.

In five days, instructor Keith Murphy will train the student to:

Choose the right encryption algorithm for the job
Perform port scans with nmap and Netcat
Create and implement a routing policy
Set up and use ssh
Sniff packets with Ethereal
Build firewalls using Linux systems
Create Virtual Private Networks
Harden Unix systems
Monitor and log network activity from a single location
Configure and deploy proxy servers
Scan email for spam and viruses
Configure secure web servers with Apache
Protect database servers
Control access to LDAP servers
Create and use digital certificates
Secure wireless access points
Create and monitor honeypots
The Network Security Bootcamp deftly navigates students through the
treacherous waters of network security. This course will ensure that
you are well versed in all of the network security fundamentals and
empower you with the most up-to-date skills such as: TCP/IP, password
security, firewalls/VPNs and proxy servers, and being able to
recognize the many ways in which a hacker could penetrate your
network. Although the course is technical and hands-on, each task is
modeled after a set of twelve basic security principles.

Whenever possible, the Network Security Bootcamp uses Open Source tools.
Besides the huge cost savings, we have found that using Open Source
solutions results in the the most powerful and flexible toolkit for the
network security professional.

“At a time when a large part of any business’s assets are digital, I’m
constantly alarmed by how insecure most networks are,” said Aaron
Hillegass, Big Nerd Ranch founder. “The problem is primarily ignorance. By
understanding the most advanced security tools available (both barriers and
weapons), a business can radically change the risk that it faces in a
networked world. Most network administrators are embarrassed to admit that
their security knowledge is out-of-date, but without taking a class like
the Network Security Bootcamp, how could a system administrator learn about
the new techniques and tools while still doing the day-to-day tasks that
keep a working network working?”

Keith Murphy has been a system and network administrator for ten years,
primarily working with Linux and Solaris, but also HP-UX, IBM AIX, Windows
NT and 2000. He cut his security teeth when starting and operating a
dial-up Internet Service Provider. Not wanting his company to show up in
the news for all the wrong reasons, he stayed up late and worked hard to
keep the network-crackers at bay. Keith sold the ISP after two years of
successful operation and ZERO intrusions.

For the complete syllabus, please visit

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac
OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. Class price of
$3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour
lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. Students
are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input
from classmates and individual instructor attention. For more information,
call 678-595-6773 or visit