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18th Large Installation System Administration Conference, November 14-19, Atlanta, GA
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Steve Acheson (M7, W4, W7, F2) is currently an Information Security Architect at Cisco Systems, Inc., Steve Achesonwhere he is a senior member of the Corporate Information Security Department, responsible for network and system security, including designing internal security architecture and external/firewall access. Before working for Cisco, Steve managed security for NASA's Numerical Aerospace Simulations facility at Ames Research Center. He has worked in the field for over 15 years as a system administrator, network engineer, and security analyst.

Eric Allman (T4) is the original author of Sendmail, co-founder and CTO of Sendmail, Inc.,Eric Allman and co-author of Sendmail, published by O'Reilly. At U.C. Berkeley, he was the chief programmer on the INGRES database management project, leader of the Mammoth project, and an early contributer to BSD, authoring syslog, tset, the -me troff macros, and trek. Eric designed database user and application interfaces at Britton Lee (later Sharebase) and contributed to the Ring Array Processor project for neural-network-based speech recognition at the International Computer Science Institute. Eric is on the Editorial Review Board of ACM Queue magazine and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the USENIX Association.

David N. Blank-Edelman (M10, R3, R6) is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of David N. Blank-EdelmanComputer and Information Science and the author of the O'Reilly book Perl for System Administration. He has spent the last 19 years as a system/network administrator in large multi-platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He has given several successful invited talks off the beaten path at LISA.

Mark Burgess (W8, F4) is a professor at Oslo University College and is the author of Mark Burgess cfengine. He has been researching the principles of network and system administration for over ten years and is the author of Principles of Network and System Administration (John Wiley & Sons). He is frequently invited to speak at conferences.

Gerald Carter (M9, T2, R2) has been a member of the Samba Development Team since 1998. HeGerald Carter has published articles with various Web-based magazines and teaches courses as a consultant for several companies. Currently employed by Hewlett-Packard as a Samba developer, Gerald has written books for SAMS Publishing and is the author of the recent LDAP System Administration for O'Reilly Publishing.

Tom Christiansen (S9) has been involved with Perl since day zero of its initial public release Tom Christiansen in 1987. Author of several books on Perl, including The Perl Cookbook and Programming Perl from O'Reilly, Tom is also a major contributor to Perl's online documentation. He holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and Spanish and a Master's in computer science. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Mike Ciavarella (S3, T7, T10) has been producing and editing technical documentation sinceMike Ciavarella he naively agreed to write application manuals for his first employer in the early 1980s. He has been a technical editor for MacMillan Press and has been teaching system administrators about documentation for the past eight years. Mike has an Honours Degree in Science from the University of Melbourne. After a number of years working as Senior Partner and head of the Security Practice for Cybersource Pty Ltd, Mike returned to his alma mater, the University of Melbourne. He now divides his time between teaching software engineering, providing expert testimony in computer security matters, and trying to complete a Doctorate. In his ever-diminishing spare time, Mike is a caffeine addict and photographer.

Heison Chak (T5) works for SOMA Networks as a network engineer, focusing on networkHeison Chak management and performance analysis as well as the implementation of data and voice networks. He has undertaken to design a VoIP platform and to migrate SOMA Networks to it from an existing legacy PBX system. Chak is an active member of the Asterisk community.

Lee Damon (S3) has a B.S. in Speech Communication from Oregon State University.Lee Damon He has been a UNIX system administrator since 1985 and has been active in SAGE since its inception. He assisted in developing a mixed AIX/SunOS environment at IBM Watson Research and has developed mixed environments for Gulfstream Aerospace and QUALCOMM. He is currently leading the development effort for the Nikola project at the University of Washington Electrical Engineering department. He chaired the SAGE Ethics Working Group and coordinated authorship of the initial draft of the current document. He has championed awareness of ethics in the system administration community, including writing it into policy documents.

Doug Dexter (M7) has been an Information Security Architect with CiscoDoug Dexter Systems Corporate Information Security Department for six years. He and Steve Acheson are the architects for Cisco's internal PKI deployment, which provides certificates and signs the production code for IP phones, call managers, and cable modems. Prior to working at Cisco, Doug was in the US Army for 11 years and is currently a Major in an Army Reserve Information Warfare unit. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Information Systems, Controls, and Assurance, and is a CISSP and an MCSE.

Mark-Jason Dominus (W3, W6) has been programming in Perl since 1992. HeMark-Jason Dominus is a moderator of the comp.lang.perl.moderated newsgroup, the author of the Text::Template, Tie::File, and Memoize modules, a contributor to the Perl core, and author of the perlreftut man page. His work on the Rx regular expression debugger won the 2001 Larry Wall Award for Practical Utility. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and several plush octopuses.

Jacob Farmer (T8) is the CTO of Cambridge Computer Services, a specialized integrator of Jacob Farmerbackup systems and storage networks. He has over 15 years of experience with storage technologies and writes an expert advice column for InfoStor magazine. He is currently writing a book on storage networking.

Rik Farrow (S1, M1) provides UNIX and Internet security consulting and training. Rik Farrow He has been working with UNIX system security since 1984 and with TCP/IP networks since 1988. He has taught at the IRS, Department of Justice, NSA, NASA, US West, Canadian RCMP, Swedish Navy, and for many US and European user groups. He is the author of UNIX System Security, published by Addison-Wesley in 1991, and System Administrator's Guide to System V (Prentice Hall, 1989). Farrow writes a column for ;login: and a network security column for Network magazine. Rik lives with his family in the high desert of northern Arizona and enjoys hiking and mountain biking when time permits.

Esther Filderman (S7) has been working with AFS since its infancy at CMU, before it Esther Filderman was called AFS, and is currently Senior Operations Specialist and AFS administrator for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. She has been working to bring AFS content to LISA conferences since 1999. She is also coordinating documentation efforts for the OpenAFS project.

Æleen Frisch (M12, T3) has been a system administrator for over 20 years. She currently looks Aeleen Frischafter a pathologically heterogeneous network of UNIX and Windows systems. She is the author of several books, including Essential System Administration (now in its 3rd edition).


Peter Baer Galvin (M3, T11, R4) is the Chief Technologist for Corporate Technologies, Inc., a systems integrator and VAR, Peter Baer Galvin and was the Systems Manager for Brown University's Computer Science Department. He has written articles for Byte and other magazines. He wrote the "Pete's Wicked World" and "Pete's Super Systems" columns at SunWorld. He is currently contributing editor for Sys Admin, where he manages the Solaris Corner. Peter is co-author of the Operating Systems Concepts and Applied Operating Systems Concepts textbooks. As a consultant and trainer, Peter has taught tutorials on security and system administration and has given talks at many conferences and institutions on such topics as Web services, performance tuning, and high availability.

Geoff Halprin (M11) has spent over 25 years as a software developer, Geoff Halprin system administrator, consultant, and troubleshooter. He has written software from system management tools to mission-critical billing systems, has built and run networks for enterprises of all sizes, and has been called upon to diagnose problems in every aspect of computing infrastructure and software. He has spent more years troubleshooting other people's systems and programs than he cares to remember. Geoff was on the board of the System Administrators Guild (SAGE) and is now a member of the USENIX board of directors.

Trent Hein (S6, M6) is co-founder of Applied Trust Engineering, a leader in holistic  Trent Hein infrastructure and security. Trent worked on the 4.4 BSD port to the MIPS architecture at Berkeley, is co-author of both the UNIX Systems Administration Handbook and the Linux Administration Handbook, and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.

Brad C. Johnson (S8, M8) is vice president of SystemExperts Corporation. He has Brad C. Johnsonparticipated in seminal industry initiatives such as the Open Software Foundation, X/Open, and the IETF, and has been published in such journals as Digital Technical Journal, IEEE Computer Society Press, Information Security Magazine, Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech Journal, ISSA Password Magazine, and Wall Street & Technology. Brad is a regular tutorial instructor and conference speaker on topics related to practical network security, penetration analysis, middleware, and distributed systems. He holds a B.A. in computer science from Rutgers University and an M.S. in applied management from Lesley University.

Charlie Kaufman (M5) is Security Architect for the Common Language Runtime group at Charlie Kaufman Microsoft. He is editor of the new Internet Key Exchange (IKEv2) protocol for the IPsec working group of IETF. He has contributed to a number of IETF standards efforts, including chairing the Web Transaction Security WG and serving as a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). He served on the National Academy of Sciences expert panel that wrote the book Trust in Cyberspace. He was previously a Distinguished Engineer at IBM, where he was Chief Security Architect for Lotus Notes and Domino, and before that Network Security Architect for Digital. He holds over 25 patents in the fields of computer security and computer networking. He is coauthor of Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World (Prentice Hall, 2002).

Laura Kuiper (W4, W7, F2) is currently a Computer Security Architect at Cisco Systems, Inc.,Laura Kuiper where she is a senior member of the Computer Information Security Department, responsible for network and system security, including designing internal security architecture and external/firewall access. Before working for Cisco, Laura managed the network at SAIC. She has worked in the field as a network engineer and security analyst for over 9 years.

William LeFebvre (R5, F5) is an author, programmer, teacher, and sysadmin expert who has beenWilliam LeFebvre using UNIX and Internet technologies since 1983. He writes a monthly column for UNIX Review and has taught since 1989 for such organizations as USENIX, the Sun User Group (SUG), MIS Training Institute, IT Forum, and Great Circle Associates. He has contributed to several widely used UNIX packages, including Wietse Venema's logdaemon package. He is also the primary programmer for the popular UNIX utility top. William is currently a technology fellow at CNN Internet Technologies, exploring the applicability of new technology to one of the busiest Web farms on the Internet. He received his bachelor's degree in 1983 and his master of science degree in 1988, both from Rice University.

Tom Limoncelli (R8, F3), co-author of The Practice of System and Network AdministrationTom Limoncelli (Addison-Wesley), is Director of IT Services at Cibernet Corp. A sysadmin and network wonk since 1987, he has worked at Dean for America, Lumeta, Bell Labs/Lucent, Mentor Graphics, and Drew University. He is a frequent presenter at LISA conferences.

Richard E. Mackey, Jr. (M8) is principal of SystemExperts Corporation. Dick Mackey is regarded asRichard E. Mackey, Jr. one of the industry's foremost authorities on distributed computing infrastructure and security. Before joining SystemExperts, he worked in leading technical and director positions at The Open Group, The Open Software Foundation (DCE), and BBN Corporation (Cronus Distributed Computing Environment). He has been published often in security magazines such as ISSA Password, .NET, Information Security, and SC Secure Computing. He is a regular speaker on computer security topics at various industry conferences. Dick has a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

James Mauro (S4) is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Performance and AvailabilityJames Mauro Engineering group at Sun Microsystems. Jim's current projects are focused on quantifying and improving enterprise platform availability, including minimizing recovery times for data services and Solaris. Jim co-developed a framework for system availability measurement and benchmarking and is working on implementing this framework within Sun.

Ned McClain (S6, M6), co-founder and CTO of Applied Trust Engineering, lectures around the globe Ned McClain on applying cutting-edge technology in production computing environments. Ned holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University and is a contributing author of both the UNIX Systems Administration Handbook and the Linux Administration Handbook.

Richard McDougall (S4) is a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer who specializes in Richard McDougalloperating systems technology and system performance. He is based at the Menlo Park Performance and Availability Engineering group, where he drives development of performance and behavior enhancements to the Solaris operating system and Sun's hardware architectures. He has led the development of resource management principles, has contributed to the development of virtual memory and file systems within the Solaris operating system, and has architected many tools for analysis, monitoring, and capacity planning. He is the lead author of Resource Management (Prentice Hall). He has written numerous articles and papers on measurement, monitoring, and capacity planning of Solaris systems and frequently speaks at industry and customer technical conferences on the topics of system performance and resource management.

Radia Perlman (S5, M5) is a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. She is knownRadia Perlman for her contributions to bridging (spanning tree algorithm) and routing (link state routing), as well as security (sabotage-proof networks). She is the author of Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols and co-author of Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World, two of the top ten networking reference books, according to Network Magazine. She is one of the twenty-five people whose work has most influenced the networking industry, according to Data Communications Magazine. She has about fifty issued patents, an S.B. and S.M. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, and an honorary doctorate from KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

W. Curtis Preston (T12, W5) is Vice President of Service Development for Glasshouse Technologies, the global leader in W. Curtis Prestonindependent storage services. Curtis has ten years' experience designing storage systems for many environments, both large and small. As a recognized expert in the field, Curtis has advised the major product vendors regarding product features and implementation methods. Curtis is the administrator of the NetBackup and NetWorker FAQs and answers the "Ask The Experts" backup forum on He is also the author of O'Reilly's UNIX Backup & Recovery and Using SANs & NAS, as well as a monthly column in Storage Magazine.

Marcus Ranum (M4, W2) is senior scientist at Trusecure Corp. and a world-renowned expertMarcus Ranum on security system design and implementation. He is recognized as the inventor of the proxy firewall and the implementer of the first commercial firewall product. Since the late 1980s, he has designed a number of groundbreaking security products, including the DEC SEAL, the TIS firewall toolkit, the Gauntlet firewall, and NFR's Network Flight Recorder intrusion detection system. He has been involved in every level of operations of a security product business, from developer, to founder and CEO of NFR. Marcus has served as a consultant to many FORTUNE 500 firms and national governments, as well as serving as a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous high-tech conferences. In 2001, he was awarded the TISC Clue award for service to the security community, and he holds the ISSA lifetime achievement award.

David Rhoades (T1, W1, R1, F1) is a principal consultant with Maven Security Consulting, Inc. David Rhoades Since 1996, David has provided information protection services for various FORTUNE 500 customers. His work has taken him across the US and abroad to Europe and Asia, where he has lectured and consulted in various areas of information security. David has a B.S. in computer engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught for the SANS Institute, the MIS Training Institute, and ISACA.

John Sellens (S2, M2) has been involved in system and network administration John Sellens since 1986 and is the author of several related USENIX papers, a number of ;login: articles, and the SAGE Short Topics in System Administration booklet #7, System and Network Administration for Higher Reliability. He holds an M.Math. in computer science from the University of Waterloo and is a chartered accountant. He is the proprietor of SYONEX, a systems and networks consultancy. From 1999 to 2004, he was the General Manager for Certainty Solutions in Toronto. Prior to joining Certainty, John was the Director of Network Engineering at UUNET Canada and was a staff member in computing and information technology at the University of Waterloo for 11 years.

David Skoll (T9) is founder and president of Roaring Penguin Software, Inc.,David Skoll a firm specializing in email filtering. Skoll is the developer of MIMEDefang, the acclaimed open-source email inspection software, and the primary developer of CanIt and CanIt-PRO, commercial anti-spam systems based on MIMEDefang. He is author of Caldera's OpenLinux Unleashed and frequently writes and presents for the Linux and open source communities. More information can be found at

Marc Staveley (T6) works with Soma Networks, where he is applying his many Marc Staveley years of experience with UNIX development and administration in leading their IT group. Previously Marc had been an independent consultant and also held positions at Sun Microsystems, NCR, Princeton University, and the University of Waterloo. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of standards-based development, multi-threaded programming, system administration, and performance tuning.

Theodore Ts'o (R7) has been a Linux kernel developer since almost the very beginnings of Linux: heTheodore Ts'o implemented POSIX job control in the 0.10 Linux kernel. He is the maintainer and author of the Linux COM serial port driver and the Comtrol Rocketport driver, and he architected and implemented Linux's tty layer. Outside of the kernel, he is the maintainer of the e2fsck filesystem consistency checker. Ted is currently employed by IBM Linux Technology Center.

Alf Wachsmann (S7) works at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Alf Wachsmann the Computing Services' High-Performance Computing Group, where he is an infrastructure designer and automation specialist. He has a doctor's degree in natural sciences obtained in computer science at the University of Paderborn (Germany). He worked as a post-doc in the computing center of DESY Zeuthen (Germany) before he came to SLAC in 1999.

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