Workshops Program

 

Boardroom 2

Bluewater 2

Bluewater 1

Monday PM

1.30pm – 5.00pm

CAUDIT Network Benchmarking Workshop

Richard Northam, CAUDIT

Presence Workshop


Andrew Hobby, Cisco
Vanessa Sulikowski, Cisco

The structure and management of addresses in the Internet today

Cecil  Goldstein, APNIC

Boardroom 1

Bluewater 2

Bluewater 1

Tuesday AM

9.00am – 12.30pm

Australian Access Federation

Viviani Paz, AusCERT
John Zornig, University of Queensland
Bruc Lee Liong, Macquarie University

Education Campus Virtualisation and Segmentation

Davin Gibb, Cisco
Lachlan Kidd, Cisco

IT Directors Workshop - Higher Education in a Digital Democracy

Dr Tracey Wilen, Cisco Peter Elford, Cisco
Tam Shepherd, Cisco

Tuesday PM

1.30pm – 5.00pm

Australian Access Federation

Viviani Paz, AusCERT
John Zornig, University of Queensland
Bruc Lee Liong, Macquarie University

 

Stopping tomorrow's threats today

Andrew Bycroft, Fortinet

No Workshop

Monday PM

Boardroom 2

 

Abstract

CAUDIT Network Benchmarking Workshop

Over the last decade institutions have become increasingly reliant on Information Technology (IT) infrastructure not only to support their administrative systems, but also the delivery of academic programs to students both on and off campus and research activities. The corresponding investment in this infrastructure is not insignificant, and the question of what represents an appropriate level of expenditure and more importantly how to maximise the benefit to end users or identifying best practice is increasingly occupying the minds of IT managers at all levels.

The CAUDIT Benchmarking Project has been collecting data about various aspects of University IT operations, however, measuring various attributes relating to IT in the context of higher education represents unique challenges. The IT environment across the higher education sector is by no means heterogeneous, but rather it is a highly diverse and complex environment. Finding the common ground and understanding necessary to make comparisons can be extremely difficult.

At a series of workshops run last year, a number of issues were highlighted in relation to the existing networking benchmarks in use by CAUDIT. As part of resolving these issues, CAUDIT is seeking further feedback on what Network Benchmarks Indicators would be considered useful and appropriate. IT Network Infrastructure Managers and their staff are encouraged to attend and use this opportunity to guide the future direction of this aspect of the CAUDIT IT Benchmarking Project.

The draft program for the half day workshop includes:

  • History and Background on the Benchmarking Project
  • The existing Network Benchmark Indicators
  • Breakout Sessions to brainstorm suitable network benchmark indicators
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Group Reports
  • Identify suitable new network benchmark indicators
  • Reform breakout sessions to refine these ideas and identify underlying data requirements
  • Final summary and future actions

Bio

Richard Northam is the Senior Project Manager for the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology. In this role Richard works closely with the IT Directors and their staff throughout all Universities in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea across a broad range of activities and projects. Richard also manages various CAUDIT sector wide initiatives including IT Procurement and Vendor Liaison, IT Benchmarking as well as facilitating the promotion and awareness of key strategic issues of interest to IT Directors including for example eResearch. Richard sits on the steering committees for a number of national projects including the PKI, eSecurity Framework and Australian Access Federation projects. Richard also works closely with sister organisations to CAUDIT in other countries, including UCISA (UK), EDUCAUSE (USA), CUCCIO (Canada), TERENA (EU) and SCIT (NZ).

Prior to working with CAUDIT, Richard was the IT Director at UNSW@ADFA for 10 years where he led significant organisational change to rationalise a highly devolved IT environment into a more efficient and customer focused environment employing a hybrid of both a centralisation and devolution. Prior to working in Higher Education, Richard worked in various IT management roles in the Commonwealth Government and Private Sectors and started his career in aviation after completing a Bachelor of Engineering.

Bluewater 2

 

Abstract

Presence Workshop

This session provides an in depth look at Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE). It crosses many levels of understanding. Starting at a beginner’s level (going over the basics) and ending with advanced topics within SIP/SIMPLE.

This session begins with an introduction to the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), its core components, its syntax, its addressing, and the formation of a SIP message also the definitions of what Presence is. Next the offer/answer concept is presented, which is central to the protocol, including request and response definitions, header formation, and basic call flows including the supporting technologies of MIME, SDP, and presence. Also the session more thoroughly covers such SIP functions as signal flows for each SIP request method including complete message decoding. This session will also provide a deep insight into what SIP/SIMPLE Presence is and how it manifests in applications to the user.

Bio

Vanessa Sulikowski has been working at Cisco for over 6 years initially as a Systems Engineer specialising in IP Telephony and IP Contact Centres for the NSW region in the last year Vanessa has been focused solely on Unified Communications for the Australia/New Zealand market as a Consulting Systems Engineer. Prior to joining Cisco Vanessa worked for Mayne Nickless for over 5 years as their National Data Communications Manager. Vanessa holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Newcastle.

Andrew Hobby is a Systems Engineer with Cisco Systems located in Melbourne Australia. Andrew has been working with Cisco for the past 3 years focusing on Voice and IP Communications technologies with particular attention to the public sector and health care market segments. He has 15 years industry experience across both the health care and network integration industries where he held various technical and engineering management positions. Andrew holds a Computer Science degree from Monash University.

 Bluewater 1

 

Abstract

IPv6 Tutorial

As the reality of IPv4 address space exhaustion looms ever closer, it is becoming increasingly more important to prepare for the deployment of IPv6 as a viable option to ensure the continuing operation and growth of the Internet.

This tutorial aims to provide an overview understanding of what IPv6 is and how it functions. IPv6 structures and operation as well as its inherent technical features and address architecture will be examined. In addition, IPv4-IPv6 transition and co-existence mechanisms will be looked at and discussed.

Within the scope of the available time, some practical exercises will also be included using the APNIC training lab remotely. IPv6 on host computers and the building and configuration of an IPv6 network will be covered.

Finally, reference to IPv6 policy and address allocation criteria will be discussed and an overview and some perspectives on the current deployment status of IPv6 presented.

Bio

Cecil Goldstein is the Training Manager for APNIC, responsible for the development and management of APNIC's training and education activities. Prior to this, Cecil was a lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology at the Queensland University of Technology, focussing particularly on internetworking subjects. He has been involved in Internet training and support from the initial AARNet days.

Tuesday AM

Boardroom 1

 

Abstract

Australian Access Federation Workshop

In order to facilitate the trusted electronic communications and collaboration within and between institutions of higher education and research in Australia, and between these institutions and other organisations worldwide the development of a trust federation in which its members agree to abide by a common set of rules, policies and agreements is necessary.

Following on from work undertaken by DEST funded projects such as the eSecurity Framework (The University of Queensland/AusCERT) and Federated Identity and Access Management (Macquarie's MAMS project) for Australia's HE sector, DEST is funding the establishment of the Australian Access Federation (AAF). AAF infrastructure will combine policies and technologies to allow individuals across many different institutions to securely share and analyse data within a trusted environment. This project includes three broad areas of development: Overall Governance & Policy, Public Key Infrastructure, and Shibboleth. The AAF workshop will cover each of these areas.

The workshop objective is to provide description, demonstration and discussion aimed at promoting an understanding of the AAF, including:

  • technical foundations of each of the components of the AAF
  • resource and operational requirements for becoming a member of the AAF
  • strategy for deploying the AAF (identification of stages)
  • potential to improve Australian research effectiveness

Bio

Viviani Paz is the Security Assurance Manager for AusCERT (The Australian National Computer Emergency Response Team) based at The University of Queensland. Prior to joining AusCERT in 1995, Viviani worked in a range of IT areas including: system and network security; system programming and administration; and software testing and verification in the Commercial and Academic sectors for over a decade.

Viviani is the Policy Designer and Project Manager for the eSecurity Framework Project, in which a PKI environment is being developed to assist Australian Universities' collaboration and interoperation. She is also the Project Manager for the Australian Access Federation Project (AAF). The AAF project will develop the federation policy framework and deploy the infrastructure required to enable access to online resources and services for the Australian higher education and research sector. The infrastructure deployed is based on two technologies: Shibboleth and Public Key Infrastructure.

The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) provides a single, trusted point of contact in Australia for the Internet community to deal with computer security incidents and their prevention. AusCERT's mission is to support and improve community awareness, representation and communication regarding computer security, both locally and internationally, by being the leading source of impartial and reliable computer security information and expertise for its members.

AusCERT is a full member of the international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, FIRST and Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT).

John Zornig has as a science and technology research background. He gained a BSc. from the University of Queensland, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, where he was employed as a tutor, research assistant, systems programmer and systems administrator. Over the following 25 years John worked as a Specialist Systems Engineer for Sun, Pyramid Technology, Network Solutions, Convex Supercomputer and Fujitsu, including 10 years at Apple. Recently he has worked as an independent technology consultant and in 2006 he returned to the University of Queensland as a Specialist Systems Analyst in the Strategic Technology Group within ITS. John is working on projects involving middleware, PKI, federated authentication and grid computing. John is also studying for his BSc. Honours.

Bruc Lee Liong is the MAMS Project Manager at the Macquarie E-Learning Centre of Excellence (MELCOE). He has been involved in Identity and Access Management leading to releases of various MAMS works such as ShARPE, Autograph, MAMS TestBed Federation, and the current AAF roll out. He obtained his BSc(Hons) in Computing and BTech in Information and Communication Systems from Macquarie University. Bruc is currently completing his PhD in Computing also from Macquarie University. His research interests cover frameworks, development of supportable systems, software and process improvements, and software integration challenges. He co-authored the “Practical Software Engineering” textbook which has been translated into several languages.

Bluewater 2

 

Abstract

Education Campus Virtualisation and Segmentation

As Education IT departments evolve to become "Internal Service Providers" this session features a detailed analysis of the architectural and deployment scenarios for the segmentation of an end-to-end Institution network into Closed User Groups, as well as, the virtualization and centralization of network services and per group network policies.

Today's enterprise network is one that supports many groups with diverse needs. "Network Virtualization" enables IT departments to securely service these different groups on a common infrastructure with shared services and shared security devices. Applications range from secure guest network access and infection quarantining, federating out to partner networks for research projects, to the secure hosting of competing companies on a common infrastructure.

The session opens with a definition of the business problem at hand which is mapped into a high level technical architectural framework. Technologies capable of fulfilling the roles defined in the architectural framework are discussed in detail throughout the session, covering implementation and configuration specifics, as well as providing an analysis of benefits and drawbacks of the different approaches and their impact on core functionality such as Resiliency/HA, QoS, Multicast and IP communications. Technologies and protocol alternatives analyzed include: VRFs, MPLS VPNs, 802.1x, NAC, VSAN, virtual firewall contexts, integration of virtual services and a segmented infrastructure, WLAN integration.

Bio

Davin Gibb has been with Cisco Systems for 9yrs, and has spent most of this time in Technical Services, supporting the Asia Pacific region. Technically focusing on the Service Provider segment, Davin specialises in routing device operation and associated architectures. Recently joining the Sales organisation, Davin is currently architecting next generation networks for Higher Education institutions throughout the ANZ region.

Davin Gibb holds a Bachelor Science (Computer Science), UNSW and holds dual Cisco Certified Internet Expert certifications in Routing and Switching, and Service Provider technologies.

Lachlan Kidd is a System’s Engineer with Cisco based in the Melbourne Enterprise team. Lachlan has been with Cisco for 2 1/2 years, focusing on higher education and specialising in security and network management. He has 9 years experience working for a number of systems integrators as a pre and post sales engineer and an R&D organisation developing cryptographic products. Lachlan holds a BEng (Hons) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Swinburne University and is CCIE #8250.

Bluewater 1

 

Abstract

National IT Directors Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity for IT Directors across all universities to sit down and discuss strategies to take their universities into the 21 century, with input from Tracey Wilen, an international expert in the Education ICT arena. The workshop will cover aspects such as:

  • Social innovation
  • Globalisation
  • Faculty Support
  • Smart Buildings
  • Enrolment and retention
  • Job alliances
  • Mobility
  • Safety and security
  • Library transformation
  • Web 2.0
  • Data Management
Bio

Tracey Wilen is the Higher Education lead for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). In her current role, she leads colleges and universities in innovation and excellence by using the Internet to achieve institutional goals. Before joining IBSG, Dr. Wilen held a number of positions at Cisco in the areas of business development, marketing, and operations. Prior to Cisco, Dr. Wilen held executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and Apple Computer.

Wilen was recognized in 1995 as a notable forthcoming modern academic researcher on women in international business. She has authored seven books. In addition, she has published numerous articles, chapters, and essays regarding international business. She is a frequent guest on national television and radio, interviewed in news columns, and a speaker for key universities and business groups, addressing the topics of women, leadership, and international business. Her website is www.globalwomen.biz.

Wilen holds an MBA and a doctorate in international business, and is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University. She has been an adjunct professor for graduate and doctoral programs for a number of Bay Area universities. Her areas of expertise are international business, leadership, and women studies. Dr. Wilen was recently named San Francisco Woman of the Year by the Women in Business Organization in San Francisco for her outreach in the fields of academia, women’s research, and technology.

Peter Elford is a fourteen year veteran at Cisco Systems and as the Public Sector Systems Architect is responsible for articulating an architectural approach to how networked technologies can provide positive outcomes for Australia public sector agencies.

Prior to taking up this position in early 2007, Peter held roles as the Federal Region Manager, responsible for Cisco's engagements with the Australian Federal sector, as a Corporate Consulting Engineer working on residential broadband solutions and a range of activities related to network security, and as both a Technical Marketing Engineer and Systems Engineer.

Prior to joining Cisco Systems in February 1993 he worked for three years at the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), where he had responsibility for much of the hands on engineering for the embryonic Australian Internet. Peter holds a BSc (Hons) from the Australian National University.

Tamati (Tam) Shepherd was born in New Zealand and has worked in the private and public sectors of both countries for the past 15 years. Tam has driven large scale change agendas in the welfare reform, financial services, health and the communications sectors as both a senior manager in government and within global blue chip companies.

Tam is an independent consultant providing strategic leadership to the health, education and retail sectors. Tam joined CISCO in January 2007 and has a consulting role in health and education across Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday PM

Boardroom 1

Australian Access Federation Workshop cont.

Bluewater 2

 

Abstract

Stopping tomorrow's threats today

A disconcerting increase in the number of zero-day threats against today’s myriad of ever changing applications leaves IT administrators everywhere wondering if there is even a way to secure their company's data assets at all. The range of security threats seems to be expanding everyday, while each countermeasure seems to be a case of "one step forward, two steps back".

Learn how your network can get off the treadmill of endless patching and anxiety by deploying Fortinet's latest security products and solutions. See how our approach differs from our competitors and how it represents a better way to deal with ever-evolving viruses, trojans, phishing scams and other exploits.

Bio

Andrew Bycroft, Regional Sales Engineer, ANZ, is a security specialist with more than ten years experience in networking and security. Andrew has skills across a diversity of security concepts in addition to holding many certifications including the much sought after CISSP certification.

Before joining Fortinet International Inc, Andrew worked for leading voice, data, applications and cabling systems integrator, Integ Communications and, prior to that, global integrator and managed services provider, Atos Origin. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from La Trobe University in Victoria.