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Win a MikroTik Training Course

SAGE-AU supporter Duxtel is giving one lucky SAGE-AU member the opportunity to attend a MikroTik Certified Network Associate Course (MTCNA) in Sydney in May! For your chance to win this opportunity all you need to do is write an article for SAGE-AU's newsletter, The Download.


Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) vs. Unified Threat Management (UTM): What’s the difference?

Watchguard is a sponsor of SAGE-AU.

Traditional stateful packet inspection firewalls used to be about keeping the bad guys out, by only opening and forwarding certain ports for well-known applications. Port 80 for HTTP, 443 for HTTPS, and 25 for email were common. Network Address Translation (NAT) allowed the use of private network ranges (RFC1918) on the inside to communicate with some privacy to the outside. The policy from the local area network (LAN) to the internet was usually totally open. Companies would then use Web Security Gateways (Proxies), Intrusion Detection/Prevention (IPS), Gateway Anti-Virus devices, Email gateways and end-point anti-virus to protect their network and stop employees from wasting resources or creating security risks. Over time, services were added to the traditional firewall, like IPS or URL Filtering.


Member Profile - Geordie Guy

Each month with interview a SAGE-AU member. This month, our interview is with recent member Geordie Guy.


SAGE-AU IPv6 Roadshow Sydney Report

The SAGE-AU IPv6 Roadshow has now completed and has been a success, with over 110 people taking advantage of the event. Sydney based member, Sam Lor, reports. 

The event was held at Google offices in Pyrmont with online webcast ​attendance and good facilities, including sponsored morning and afternoon tea and a rather nice conference style lunch with table service. A printed booklet copy of the presentation material for note taking and certificate of completion were supplied.


A case for Generalists

One of the great things about being a paying member of SAGE-AU is acess to the mail lists, and some of the conversations that occur on them. Recently, well known member Mark Newton emailed the list to make a case for generalists in a specialised world. The following text is the contents of that email, republished with permission.