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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 15 September 2005 UNIGROUP: Computing Compliance usi

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 15 September 2005 UNIGROUP: Computing Compliance using Unix/Linux
Date: 14 Sep 2005 21:49:28 -0400

  what="official UNIGROUP announcement">

 Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 13:40:34 -0400 (EDT)
 From: Unigroup_of_NY <>
 Subject: Reminder: UNIGROUP Tomorrow 15-SEP-2005 (Thu): Computing Compliance 
using Unix/Linux

 Reminder: Unigroup's Sept 2005 meeting is TOMORROW (Thursday)...



       When:  THURSDAY, September 15th, 2005    (3rd Thursday)

      Where:  Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
              Downtown Center
              104 Washington Street
              South West Corner of Wall Street Area
              Downtown, New York City
              ** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **

       Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
              6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                 Answers and Current Events
              6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
              7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

      Topic:  Computing Compliance using Unix/Linux
              (SOX, HIPPA, Security Industry Regulations, etc)

   Speaker:   Paul Pak, President,
              Athena Archiver <>


    Recent industry regulations, and state and federal laws, have placed
    an increased burden on Computer Professionals (including CTOs/CTOs,
    Managers, Administrators, Developers) in regard to the topics of
    Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Governance and Disclosure,
    SOX/Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA, Data Privacy and Computing Security.

    Some of the industries which are effected are: Securities,
    Hedge Funds, Accounting, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Public Companies.

    At Unigroup's September 2005 meeting, we will discuss these topics,
    and how they effect our industry and the Computing Professionals who
    are now required to implement and comply with a broad range of new
    legal and industry requirements.

    Computing Professionals could now be held liable for non-compliance
    (this was discussed in the trade magazines a few months ago),
    so it has become very important get up-to-speed on the various
    issues and related pitfalls concerning compliance.



    To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
    Registration Page:

    This will allow us to automate the registration process.
    (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
    Please avoid emailed RSVPs, if at all possible.

    Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
    for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
    registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
    minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
    any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!

    Please try to RSVP as soon as possible.

    Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
          us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
          seating, etc.).




    - The Importance of Compliance

        - An examination of Morgan Stanley's 1.5 billion dollar mistake.
          The year of no-tolerance.  Are you ready?

    - The Legal Side of Compliance

        - What it means to be Compliant.

        - Examining the law, the most important things to know.
            - Sarbanes Oxley
            - Sec 17a4,a4
            - NASD 2210

    - The Technical Side of Compliance

        - Complexities of Email Archiving:
            - Data Storage Management
            - 24/7 Uptime for critical email services

        - How Unix can uniquely address archiving demands:
            - SE Linux Mandatory Access Controls
            - Proven Scalability
            - Higher ROI, Significantly lower licensing fees.

        - A close look at indexing and searching:
            - Verity
            - SQL Server Full Text Search
            - Oracle Full Text Search

        - Additional benefits of data archiving:
            - Data Management
            - Recovering individual emails
            - Never checking spam filters anymore
            - Recovering from PST hell
            - Disaster Recovery
            - Business Continuity

        - Product Differentiation,
          A Look at the major compliance solutions:
            - Zantaz
            - iLumin
            - AXS-One
            - Athena Archiver
            - Veritas KVS

    - Pitfalls of Compliance

        - Problems with First Generation Archiving Solutions:
            - 3rd Party Integration Problems
            - Lack of fine-grained access controls

        - Hidden Costs of Email Archiving

    - Conclusion

    - Questions and Answer


    Web Resources:

    Compliance Information:

    Athena Archiver - Compliance Laws - Overview

    ZipLip - Compliance Information - Fast Guide to Regulatory Compliance,,sid19_gci954770,00.html


    Speaker Biography:

    Paul Pak is the founder and CEO of Athena Archiver, Inc., where he
    led the creation of a secure, next-generation information
    management/archiving system.  His 14-year career in IT has focused on
    security infrastructure and enterprise systems management.  Paul's
    career has encompassed a broad range of leadership roles.  He founded
    several companies, including Server To Go, Inc., in which he built an
    extensive infrastructure for fast deployments of enterprise platforms
    for Fortune 100 customers, using imaging technologies and customized
    deployment scripts.  Paul was the lead architect for the first online
    insurance quote system for the internet at AIG.  It required a complex
    artificial intelligence system to manage thousands of underwriter
    rules for personal and business insurance which depend on previous

    Paul has also devoted time to non-profit activities such as
    collaboration with the United Nations technical team to create a
    global forum for sustainable development issues.


    Company Biography:

    See for further information.

    (Athena Archiver's products are linux-based.)



    O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
    books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

    Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
    enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
    continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

    Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
    provided by their User Group programs.

    Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
    our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
    (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

    ** We also still have some Sun Solaris 10 DVDs available from
       friends at the NYC Sun Office.


    Fee Schedule:
        Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
        Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
        Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
        Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
        Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


    Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This includes
    "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
    vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed,
    pasta, etc), cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

    Athena Archiver will be sponsoring the food service for this
    meeting!  Thanks Athena Archiver!



      Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
      Downtown Center
      104 Washington Street
      Wall Street Area
      Downtown, New York City

    This building is located on the West side of the street, the
    second building north of Rector Street.  Cross Streets:
    Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

    Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
    North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
    East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street.  Walking West
    on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
    Washington Streets.

    There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
    Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
    and extending North for a number of blocks.

    Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
    Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


    Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
    Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



    We have a series of meetings in the works:

    - NO SPAM!  (know any speakers?)
    - Asterix / VoIP
    - Field Trip to HP - Invited
    - Field Trip to Novell - SuSE/OpenSuSE Linux?
    - Are there too many Linux Distributions?
    - Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
    - IPsec and IPv6
    - Samba
    - DNS
    - Unix Clusters and Clustered Databases
    - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
    - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
    - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
    - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
    - PKI
    - GNU Development Environments
    - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies

    Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
    interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
    should contact the Unigroup Board.



      A) 17-SEP-2005: BSDcon - NYC BSD Conference
      B) 26-SEP-2005: High Performance on Wall Street Show

    A) BSDCON - NYC BSD Conference, September 17th

       : Subject: NYC BSD Conference, September 17th
       : NYCBSDCon Set for September 17th at Manhattan's Columbia University
       : To register and to learn more, please visit
       : New York City BSD Conference (NYCBSDCon), a one day technical
       : conference hosted by the New York City *BSD User Group
       : (, will be held on Saturday, September 17th at Columbia
       : University.
       : The all day conference will include a variety of speakers representing
       : the BSD projects and the open source community.  Highlighted speakers
       : include:
       : Marshall Kirk McKusick, an original member of the University of
       : California at Berkley's BSD Unix developer group.
       : Dru Lavigne, a well-known BSD advocate, educator and author whose most
       : recent works include "BSD Hacks."  Dru is also chair of the BSD
       : Certification Group (
       : Bruce Momjian, co-founder of the PostgreSQL global developer group and
       : has worked on PostgreSQL since 1996.  He works for Software Research
       : Associates (SRA) in their PostgreSQL support division.
       : Michael Lucas, a long-time BSD user and author of "Absolute BSD" and
       : "Absolute OpenBSD."
       : Jason Dixon - As the principal of DixonGroup Consulting LLC, Jason 
       : focuses on solving real-world security and infrastructure challenges
       : with free and open source software.
       : Phillip Moore, formerly of Morgan Stanley, where he was Executive
       : Director of UNIX Engineering as a senior architect.
       : NYCBSDCon is organized by NYC*BUG, a technical user group that formed
       : in December 2003 that has evolved into a fundamental part of the BSD
       : Community.  Besides their regular monthly meetings at the Soho Apple
       : Store, NYC*BUG has done fundraising for the BSD projects and
       : contributed a number of useful online applications such as
       : "BSDTracker" and "dmesgd."
       : Additional sponsors include USENIX, New York Internet and SRA America.
       : Members of the press are also invited to attend.
       : Coffee and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
       : An evening party in cooperation with OrgCom, organizers of the New
       : York Technical Community Holiday Party 2004, is planned at a local
       : establishment.  The event will be open to the public, and attendees
       : are encouraged to network and meet with the New York technical
       : community.
       :   Who: Developers, systems administrators, end-users of the BSD
       :        operating systems and related open source projects
       :  When: Saturday, September 17th, 2005
       :        registration opens at 8:30 am
       :  Cost: $20 pre-registration online until September 10th
       :        $40 day of the conference
       :        * all conference attendees will pay during the morning of the
       :        event as the conference fee is not high, only cash will be
       :        accepted
       : Where: Columbia University at Broadway and 116th Street
       :        1/9 train to 116th Street
       : To register and to learn more, please visit

    B) 2005 High Performance on Wall Street

       : 2005 High Performance on Wall Street,
       : Sept 26, Mon, Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY
       : High Performance Computing, Grid, Blade, Cluster, high-speed
       : networking, scalable storage, Linux systems will all be there.
       : Plan to attend the 2nd Annual High Performance on Wall Street, 
       : to the Roosevelt Hotel at Grand Central Station by popular demand.
       : This annual event focuses on the New York financial markets, Wall
       : Street, and IT management. Wall Street will increase IT spending
       : 7% to 8% this year, reports Forrester Research.
       : Plan now to see HPC, Linux, Grid, Blade, Utility, Open Source solutions
       : for IT management in the financial sector.
       : Wall Street IT chiefs are looking to reduce total-cost-of-ownership
       : and reduce operating costs.  Big savings are available with HPC in
       : consolidations, time-saving deployment, and money-saving Grid
       : applications to upgrade aging legacy systems.
       : Major sponsors include, Sun, IBM, Intel, Novell, Dell, ClearCube.
       : The Roosevelt Hotel is conveniently located at Grand Central Station at
       : Madison Avenue at East 45th Street. Come early. Exhibits open at 8 am.
       : Complimentary coffee in the exhibit area.
       : Register online at:



    Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
    the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup
    is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer
    organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings
    throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix
    User Community.  Unigroup is/was also the Greater NYC Regional Area
    Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

    Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
    THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
    Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
    ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.
    Recently, we have been holding meetings on a more monthly basis.

    Planned regular meeting dates are: 9/15/2005, 11/17/2005, 1/19/2006...
    Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
    as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
    software vendors.

    = For Unigroup Information, Events and Meeting Announcements be sure to =
    = visit our World Wide Web Home Page:                                   =
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    For further information or to get on the Unigroup Electronic Mail Mailing
    List send an EMail message to:
         unilist (at)

    To contact the Board of Directors of Unigroup, send an EMail message to:
         uniboard (at)

    If you have recently attended a meeting and you are not receiving
    Email announcements, please send us an Email and we will make
    corrections to our lists.

    Please Email the Board with any suggestions, especially potential
    meeting topics and speakers.  Unigroup welcomes contributions and
    content suggestions for our newsletter.  Unigroup is a volunteer
    organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
    can help!


 I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

 -Rob Weiner
  Unigroup Executive Director
  unilist (at)

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LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

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