A.6. Other OrganizationsVarious other organizations also offer information and services relevant to firewalls.
A.6.1. Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual.
A.6.2. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium was created in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. . . . W3C is financed primary by its Members and, to a lesser extent, by public funds. W3C Membership is available to all organizations.
By promoting interoperability and encouraging an open forum for discussion, W3C commits to leading the technical evolution of the Web. . . . To meet the growing expectations of users and the increasing power of machines, W3C is already laying the foundations for the next generation of the Web. W3C's technologies will help make the Web a robust, scalable, and adaptive infrastructure for a world of information.
A.6.3. USENIX Association
Since 1975 the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. The USENIX Conferences and Technical Workshops have become the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of the most advanced information on the developments of all aspects of computing systems.
USENIX and its members are dedicated to:
A.6.4. System Administrators Guild (SAGE)
SAGE stands for the Systems Administrators Guild (don't ask what happened to the E). It is a subgroup of the USENIX Association. SAGE is devoted to the Advancement of System Administration as a distinct profession, within the realm of computer science but with similarities to facilities management and other service industries.
SAGE answers the widely felt need for an organization dedicated to advancing the profession of systems administration. SAGE brings together system administrators to:
A.6.5. System Administration, Networking, and Security (SANS) Institute
The SANS (System Administration, Networking, and Security) Institute is a cooperative research and education organization through which more than 62,000 system administrators, security professionals, and network administrators share the lessons they are learning and find solutions for challenges they face. As a part of this effort, SANS offers a series of exceptional educational conferences featuring up to eight days of in-depth courses and multi-track technical conferences focusing on user experiences and problem solving. SANS also produces a series of cooperative research reports, electronic digests, posters of authoritative answers to current questions, and cooperatively-created software.
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