To my daughter's high school programming teacher

Update 2 (wherein my daughter chimes in): As I said, my daughter is in India for a year, so she didn't see this article until Wednesday, September 11. I wasn't sure how she'd feel about me sharing her story and all the attention it received. Luckily, my daughter thanked me for writing about her experience. I asked her whether she had any corrections for the article. "Um, maybe tell them that I did actually talk to the teacher and I tried to tell the guys to quit being jerks," she said.

Hands-on Security for System Administrators

On Monday, November 4, Branson Matheson will be teaching Hands-on Security for System Administrators at USENIX LISA '13 in Washington, D.C.

Branson is a systems architect for SGT working at NASA and has 25 years of system administration and security under his belt, so he knows a thing or two about the topic.  In this interview, Branson answers a few questions about system administration and security.

LISA13 Registration Open

Registration for LISA'13 is open. Here's a quick overview of some of the new and returning things you'll see when you attend the largest gathering of system administrators in the world. Training, tech sessions, mini conferences, Hack Space, and much, much more!

Save 25% off LinuxCon

Will you be at LinuxCon September 16-18 in New Orleans? We will. We've partnered with the Linux Foundation to offer a 25% registration discount with code "USENIX".

See you in New Orleans!

USENIX Security '13 News Roundup

Did you miss attending USENIX Security '13 and miss the live streaming? Then you might want to check out some of the news coverage from the event:

Security Symposium Talk: Measuring the Practical Impact of DNSSEC Deployment

I'm lucky enough to be able to catch the last day of the USENIX Security Symposium here in Washington, DC, and as soon as I hopped off the plane, I jumped into a session that was just starting, Measuring the Practical Impact of DNSSEC Deployment. The authors of the paper were Wilson Lian, Eric Rescorla, Hovav Schacham, and Stefan Savage, and Wilson Lian gave the presentaiton.

Evi Nemeth: We Hardly Knew Ye

It's one of those moments that stays with you. Where you were when you heard Evi Nemeth, one of the original Unix Graybeards (she didn't actually have a beard, but the honorific still seems appropriate) being declared "lost at sea." I was, as I usually am in the mornings, at a computer. It was an especially bittersweet moment for me, being one of the few technical women in a landscape dominated by men.

Tribute to Evi Nemeth and Call for Award Nominations

At USENIX Security '13 tonight (Wednesday, August 14), attendees are invited to celebrate the life of Evi Nemeth. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite memories and happy stories at tonight's Tribute to Evi.

Contributors wanted for Hallway Track episode 2: Ask an Admin

Do you have a sys admin-related question you want answered on air (errr... G+ hangout)? If so, email them to me at by 5pm Eastern today (Tuesday, August 6). If your question is chosen to be answered in tonight's hangout recording, you'll receive a free USENIX t-shirt.

USENIX Association Promotes Academic Freedom: Fully supports authors of academic paper barred from publication at 22nd USENIX Security Symposium

USENIX Association Promotes Academic Freedom

Fully supports authors of academic paper barred from publication at 22nd USENIX Security Symposium

Berkeley, Calif., July 31, 2013 — In keeping with its commitment to academic freedom and open access to research, the USENIX Association announced today that Roel Verdult, lead author of the academic paper, “Dismantling


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