Proxy firewall inventor to keynote IT Security Symposium

The campus has lined up Marcus Ranum, who invented the proxy firewall, as the keynote speaker for the third biennial UC Davis IT Security Symposium in June.

Ranum is chief security officer for Tenable Network Security, Inc. of Columbia, Md., which sells security management tools and services for networks. His experience in the security business includes stints as a developer, founder, chief executive officer, and consultant for Fortune 500 companies.

The UC Davis symposium, designed for system administrators and other technical professionals, presents practical ideas for improving computer and network security at universities. Past symposia have included hands-on instruction and technical discussions, plus chances for networking.

The 2007 symposium will meet on campus from June 20 through June 22. For information, click here. Planning for the symposium has begun, and more program and registration details will be posted at the site as the plans develop.

Firewalls help protect databases by examining aspects of data moving across a network to see if it should be granted access to the database. Proxy firewalls look at the content of data, not just the source and destination, and can include other security measures as well.