San Francisco, May 21, 2009 – Two new hands-on training classes taught by recognized industry experts — a class on IPv6 featuring a live IPv6 Web connection and a class on implementing DKIM email authentication –- will be available to attendees at the 16th MAAWG General Meeting at no cost. The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), the largest global trade association working against messaging exploitation, added the courses to help educate the industry on the latest techniques to manage messaging networks while protecting online users and improving email deliverability.
The MAAWG meeting, June 9-11 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will feature a keynote address by one of the top cybercrime officials at the European Commission, Radomir Jansky, on proposed EU legislative work addressing online attacks and botnets. There will also be more than 25 working sessions related to spam and mobile spam, botnets and messaging abuse.
The two training classes will be offered June 8 before the members-only meeting. MAAWG meetings focus on cooperative global efforts, education and industry networking to combat messaging abuse in all its forms and generally attract hundreds of international attendees.
Practical, Expert Training, Live IPv6 Connectivity
“We added the new training classes to help our members take the lead in securing their networks and protecting their users. The working professionals teaching these courses have a wide-ranging understanding of both the theoretical and practical side of these technologies and we are fortunate to have them share their knowledge,” said Michael O’Reirdan, MAAWG chairman.
The live IPv6 connectivity available for the training class and during the meeting will be provided by MAAWG member UPC Broadband, the European division of Liberty Global, Inc., which is a primary international cable operator providing television, broadband Internet and telephone services to approximately 10 million customers throughout 10 European countries. This will be the first exposure for many of the MAAWG attendees to a working IPv6 network.
The class will cover the fundamentals of the new protocol, including how to configure an operating system to connect with a network running IPv6 and an opportunity to connect to an IPv6 Web and mail server. MAAWG IPv6 Committee Co-Chair John Jason Brzozowski and MAAWG Senior Advisor Joe St Sauver will teach the course.
The training session on implementing DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail), which uses cryptographic signing to identify the organization that is taking responsibility for a message, will provide practical instruction on applying the authentication method to email servers. DKIM is one of several popular standards for adding trust back into email, helping services correctly identify and deliver safe mail. The course will be taught by David Crocker, MAAWG senior advisor, Internet pioneer and principal of Brandenburg InternetWorking; and Cloudmark DKIM expert Murray Kucherawy. Both are active in the DKIM standardization process.
Some of the topics to be covered in the 25 sessions during the three-day meeting are:
• Cross-border enforcement mechanisms
• Botnet recovery and mitigation issues
• Inter-provider feedback mechanisms
• Spam on mobile
• Deliverability and delivery in Europe
A special MAAWG ISP Closed Colloquium, usually limited to service providers, will be opened to all attendees to encourage frank, open roundtable conversations on working within the industry to combat messaging abuse. MAAWG members are ISPs, email providers, volume senders and security vendors.
More information on the upcoming meeting and on MAAWG is available at www.MAAWG.org.