Rik Farrow

Rik Farrow provides UNIX and Internet security consulting and training. He has been working with UNIX system security since 1984, and with TCP/IP networks since 1988. He has taught for NASA, the US Department of Justice, the NSA, US West, the Canadian RCMP, Swedish Navy, CSI, USENIX, and for many US and European user groups. Farrow also consults with firms in the design and implementation of security applications, and works with organizations to create secure Internet facing services. He will be teaching Linux security and SELinux at LISA XXV in Boston on December 5 and 6, 2011.

He is the author of UNIX System Security, published by Addison-Wesley in 1991 and System Administrator's Guide to System V (Prentice Hall, 1989, with Rebecca Thomas). Farrow is the Editor of ;login:, the magazine of the USENIX association ( USENIX). His article on the technical details of the Internet Worm won an Excellance in Technology Communications award. Farrow was featured in an article about Internet Security in a December 1997 article in ComputerWorld.

Rik grew up in Maryland, near Washington, DC, and attended the University of Maryland from 1968-1973. At that time, the University did not offer degrees in computer science, although he took every CS course he could. In 1979, he moved to the Bay Area, so he could be close to Berkeley and Silicon Valley. He worked briefly for NorthStar Computers, then began consulting in 1980, and has been self-employed since then with the exception of a six month period shortly after he married (for SL Corporation). He was Technical Editor for UnixWorld Magazine (as a consultant) from 1989 to 1994, and has been ;login: editor since 2005.

Farrow lives with his wife in the high desert of Northern Arizona. He appreciates the quietness of the desert, the relative emptiness (of people, buildings, and cars), the slower pace, and the peace.

Paintings by his wife, Rose Moon, can be found at rosemoon.net.

Rik will be teaching Linux and SELinux security classes Sunday and Monday, Dec 9 and 10, 2012 at:

LISA '12