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  • From: Patty Giorgio <>
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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] Merit Network Makes IT Classes Available to National Educational Community
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:04:12 -0500 (EST)

Merit Network Makes IT Classes Available to National Educational Community

Classes for professionals cover security topics, SELinux and the Cloud

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Merit Network Inc. announced today that it will host a
number of classes this winter and spring that are open to members of the
national educational community. Presented using either H.323 video or desktop
classroom interface, these classes offer access to training on fundamental
skills and important current topics.

* February 7-8: "Hands-on Linux Security: Practical Tools and Methods" is an
intensive, hands-on learning experience in how to assess and secure Linux
platform infrastructures using current open-source tools. Taught in an Ann
Arbor classroom by Dr. Charles Antonelli of the University of Michigan, the
class is also available to a limited number of locations via H.323 video.
Establishing a video classroom requires only that an organization have three
or more participants and videoconferencing equipment.

* March 8 and 15: "Hands-on SELinux: A Practical Introduction" covers the
essentials of this important technology that adds mandatory access controls
to the Linux kernel. The course is taught in two, three-hour evening (EST)
sessions via Merit WebConnect, a desktop web conferencing system. Students
can attend from any location with an Internet connection, engaging in
lecture, discussion and directed lab sessions online.

* April 18-19: "Hands-on Network Security: Practical Tools and Methods"
focuses on key techniques and tools for protecting networks from attack. This
course is also available in person in Ann Arbor or via H.323 video to a
limited number of locations with three or more participants.

* May 7-11: "Cloud Computing Essentials" is an online course on the
fundamental concepts of cloud computing and the design and deployment of
cloud computing platforms. This course will discuss the evolution of the
cloud and its ability to increase processing power and bandwidth
capabilities. Attendees will learn about the products and services offered
commercially, along with the pros and cons of implementing a cloud strategy.
The course may be taken from any location with an Internet connection.

Elwood Downing, Vice President of Member Relations, Services and
Communication at Merit, is pleased that Merit is able to offer these
development opportunities for IT professionals nationwide. "These are
excellent classes for enhancing the skills of technologists in education.
Interactive video technology allows us to bring instruction to any location,
and we hope our colleagues across the U.S. will choose to attend."

The three security-focused classes are created and instructed by Dr. Charles
J. Antonelli, High Performance Computing Consultant at the University of
Michigan. The classes have their genesis in courses he developed to enhance
the security skills of technologists at U-M. He has taught each class a
number of times for Merit Member audiences, continuously updating the
curriculum to keep pace with contemporary threats and countermeasures.

"Charles Antonelli's courses have been very beneficial for Merit's Member
organizations in several previous presentations," notes Downing. "We are
pleased to open the opportunity to others from the educational community and
to eliminate distance as a factor in limiting attendance."

The cloud computing class on May 7-11 focuses on the key technologies that
underlie cloud-based solutions. It will serve as an excellent introduction
for technologists and IT managers investigating whether or not to use cloud

The courses offer special pricing for educational institutions or for
multiple registrants from single organizations. Registration and more
information for all courses are available via the schedule at:

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's
public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional
research and education network. In 1966, Michigan's public universities
created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for
networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the
forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit
provides high-performance networking solutions to public universities,
colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and
other non-profit organizations. Merit has been Michigan's Internet2 Network
connector since 1999.

Andy Rosenzweig
Manager, Professional Learning
Merit Network

  • [I2-NEWS] Merit Network Makes IT Classes Available to National Educational Community, Patty Giorgio, 01/25/2012

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