About the Authors
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 providing technical leadership to define the security of Sun's next generation servers while addressing security for current products. He is the driving force behind the very popular freeware Solaris Security Toolkit. Prior to his role in 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: Sun Fire Midframe 15K system security, secure N-tier environments, Solaris OE minimization, Solaris OE network settings, and Solaris OE security. He has co-authored the following Sun BluePrint books: Securing Systems with Solaris Security Toolkit; Enterprise Security Solaris Operating Environment, Security Journal; and 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 SunPS. 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 over 15 years of experience in many areas from devices drivers to databases. She works with the Solaris Network and Security Technologies (SNST) group at Sun Microsystems, contributing to the further development of security components within Sun's operating systems. Previously, she was part of the Enterprise Systems Group.
Before joining Sun, Dina focused on secure software development and the deployment of security system solutions such as vulnerability assessment tools, intrusion detection systems, and public key infrastructures.
Steven Spadaccini has over nine years of experience in network security and system administration. Currently, he is a member of Enterprise Server Products and High-end Software as a security engineer on next-generation enterprise systems. As a former member of Sun Professional Services, Steven served as a security engineer for financial and non-financial areas conducting security assessments, implementations, and architecture design and review.