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Alex Noordergraaf

Alex Noordergraaf has over 10 years experience in the areas of computer and network security. As the Security Architect of the Enterprise Server Products (ESP) group at Sun Microsystems, he is responsible for the security of Sun midframe and high-end servers. He is the co-founder of the popular freeware Solaris Security Toolkit. Before joining ESP he was a Senior Staff Engineer in the Enterprise Engineering (EE) group of Sun Microsystems, where he developed, documented, and published security best practices through the Sun BluePrints program. Published topics include security for Sun Fire servers, Sun_ Cluster software, Sun Fire Midframe servers, Sun Enterprise_ 10000 servers, N-Tier environments, the Solaris OE, and the Solaris OE network settings. He co-authored the Sun BluePrints publication, JumpStart_ Technology: Effective Use in the Solaris_ Operating Environment.

Prior to his role in EE, he was a Senior Security Architect with Sun Professional Services where he worked with many Fortune 500 companies on projects that included security assessments, architecture development, architectural reviews, and policy/procedure review and development. He developed and delivered an enterprise security assessment methodology and training curriculum to be used worldwide by SunPSSM. His customers included major telecommunication firms, financial institutions, ISPs, and ASPs. Before joining Sun, Alex was an independent contractor specializing in network security. His clients included BTG, Inc. and Thinking Machines Corporation.

Dina K. Nimeh

Dina Nimeh is a Senior Software Engineer with 15 years of experience in many areas from device drivers to databases. For the past four years, Dina has focused on secure software development and the deployment of security system solutions such as vulnerability assessment tools, intrusion detection systems, and public key infrastructures. Currently, she works with the Enterprise Systems Group at Sun Microsystems.

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