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Sun shines light on UAE University

Students showcase security solutions at vendor’s stand during Gitex

Students from the UAE University showcased security solutions at Sun Microsystems’ stand during last week’s Gitex trade show.

Two of the institution’s pupils teamed up with Sun to demonstrate some of the achievements of the UAE University’s Sun Centre of Excellence (COE) for Information Security over the past academic year.

Joining with Sun’s experts, the students also highlighted key security issues facing companies today, as well as acting as ambassadors for the COE programme during the five-day event.

Some of the security solutions examined during discussions included digital certification authority, attack generation tool using Sun workstations, DeepNines intrusion detection software and hardware, and covert channels generation.

Other topics discussed were intrusion detection active respo- nse systems, a security graphical tool for detecting malicious sniffing activities, operating systems fingerprinting, Juniper NetScr-een Firewall, virtual private networks (VPNs) and intrusion detection system testing and performance evaluation.

“The partnership with the UAE University and the presence of its star students from the Sun Centre of Excellence at the Sun stand during Gitex highlights the success of the programme so far in the Middle East,” said Tarek Ayass, sales manager for education and research at Sun Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“Producing industry experts at university ages will boost the information security industry regionally, and this can only result in a positive knock-on affect for all local businesses,” he commented. Ayass went on to say that as the economy of the region develops it was important to ensure that regional higher education institutions were equipped to supply industry with enough qualified, home- grown graduates.

“This rise in demand has caused a major shift in the technology space in the education industry toward open standards, open content and open source-based software,” stated Ayass.

The COE acts as a hub for students and their teachers to monitor real-time security threats, allowing them to develop tools and response mechanisms that can be shared with the regional security community.

Sun said the aim was to drive a local industry response to information security threats attacking Middle Eastern businesses.

Education and technology partnerships with universities are a key focus for Sun globally.

At the Worldwide Education and Research Conference (WWERC) earlier in the year Sun chairman Scott McNealy said technology was “fundamentally” changing how students interact, learn and share information.

“Continued focus on eliminating barriers to education by leveraging technology and the network will help bridge the digital divide and deliver world-class education to everyone,” he said.

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