Kitchener Waterloo Non-Profit System Administrators

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KWNPSA

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For System Administrators for Non-profit Organizations who would like to bounce ideas off others.

The KW Non-Profit System Administrators group (also known as NetSquared Kitchener-Waterloo) is a group for sysadmins of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits have different technical and social constraints on IT than many other types of organizations (lower pay, low budgets, dependence on free/cheap resources...)

We hold monthly meetings, currently held on the second non-holiday Monday of the month. Meetings consist of discussions about a particular themes.

Meetings begin at 7pm. Future meeting locations have not yet been determined.

Keeping in Touch

Upcoming meetings are announced here, on the mailing list, on the blog, and on Meetup.com. You only need to subscribe to one:

We also have a discussion mailing list, which consists of free-ranging discussion around nonprofit sysadmin topics:

Also:

KWNPSA Upcoming Events

(KWNPSA Upcoming Events)
(KWNPSA Past Events)
(KWNPSA Meeting Notes on one page)
(KWNPSA Requested Topics)

Upcoming meetings of the KW Non-Profit System Administrator's group:


Network Security

Date
Monday, 11 March 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm iCal
Meetup Event
https://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Kitchener-Waterloo/events/257702185/
Location
*** Room 1300 *** -- Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, Ontario Map

We've talked about Malware and the importance of Keeping Computers Up To Date, and even just about The Things We Should Fear. But what new hazards are unveiled when you connect two or more computers together? When some of those computers aren't on your own network? When malusers are out there trying to break into your network? When you're actually inviting everyone into your network by running servers and services? Should you just outsource everything? Or are there tools available for the Non-Profit SysAdmin to help secure your networks?

We'll talk about the hazards of running a public network, and go over a list of tools and software.

--Marc Paré & Bob Jonkman


Resources

  • Firewalls
    • The most secure firewall: Nipper for Electronic Wire (Old).png
    • Another secure firewall: pfSense
  • Intrusion Detection Software
  • Pen Testing apps



Meeting Notes

Spoke about resources, war stories

  • Proprietary mail systems
    • Errors in implementation, makes mail inaccessible, or sends mail when unwanted.
    • Corporate culture prevents people from speaking of security flaws


  • Bugs in the software
  • Errors in procedures


The Cloud

  • "If the data was in the cloud it would have been safe"
  • What is The Cloud?
    • Somebody manages the servers, still subject to human error
    • But reduces the human interaction that is needed
    • Maybe if everything is run by robots...
      • But that's not the way Nonprofits operate, engaging people to be more involved


  • Open Source groups want more interaction, so still room for error
    • eg. LibreOffice: Get a professional to manage website? Or keep local group involvement? No to robots
  • Robots have programmers too
    • One more level of abstraction


  • Problems solved?
    • Email spoofing, phishing schemes: Joe Jobs, third-party addressbooks breached
    • Could contact the apparent sender, but that person may not be involved in the message at all


Tour of pfSense

Multiple connections to isolate traffic


Collaborative Work Space

Date
Monday, 8 April 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm iCal
Meetup Event
xxxxx URL to meetup.com
Location
*** Room 1300 *** -- Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, Ontario Map

xxxxx Description goes here.


--Bob Jonkman & Marc Paré


Resources

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Education

Date
Monday, 13 May 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm iCal
Meetup Event
https://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Kitchener-Waterloo/events/255614075/
Location
*** Room 1300 *** -- Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, Ontario Map

Is your Non-Profit an educational organization? As its main function? Or is teaching one of many services you offer? What do you teach? How do you teach it? Do you have classrooms? With computers? What software do you use for teaching in the classroom? Do you have online courses? What online software do you use online? How do you establish your curriculum? How do you perform evaluations? How do you track student progress? Do you work with other educational institutions? Other certifying agencies? What constraints to they impose on your teaching programs?

We'll have a demonstration of Moodle by Marc Paré and perhaps a representative from KW's Desire To Learn. And, of course, we'll have a Round Table discussion on how each of us are managing our organizations education needs.

--Marc Paré & Bob Jonkman



Resources


(KWNPSA Upcoming Events)
(KWNPSA Past Events)
(KWNPSA Meeting Notes on one page)
(KWNPSA Requested Topics)

There are meeting notes and summaries of KWNPSA Past Events.