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Meeting Announcement

Data Mining on the Web
Presented by: Randy Marchany,
Information Technology Security Officer
and Director of IT Security Lab, Virginia Tech

This presentation shows how personal information about you can be found readily on the Internet. You'll see how simple Google search techniques find information about you such as pictures, papers authored by you, images of your home, office and other places you frequent. We'll discuss where and how this data is collected. We'll discuss how Federal, state and local governments deal with public documents. We'll show examples of how commercial sites collect demographic information about you with and without your knowledge. You'll get some pointers on how to protect your information and use the techniques mentioned earlier to look for yourself.

Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972. He is currently the Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Officer and the Director of the Virginia Tech IT Security Lab.

He is a co-author of the FBI/SANS Institute's "Top 10/20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities" document that has become a standard for most computer security and auditing software. He is the co-author of the "Responding to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks" document that was prepared at the request of the White House in response to the DDOS attacks of 2000. He is a coauthor of the Center for Internet Security's series of Security Benchmark documents for Solaris, AIX and Windows2000. These benchmarks are available for free and represent the first successful attempt to create a set of consensus documents with detailed steps for implementing system security.

He was a member of the White House Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security working group that developed a Consensus Roadmap for responding to the recent series of DDOS Internet Attacks. He was a recipient of the SANS Institute's Security Technology Leadership Award for 2000. He was a recipient of the VA Governor's Technology Silver Award in 2003. He was part of the team that won the EDUCAUSE Excellence in Information Technology Solutions in 2005. He is a co-holder of a patent for battery based intrusion detection system that was the product of research conducted in the VA Tech IT Security Lab.

Meeting Details:
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Cost: Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View (click here for map)
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, Virginia

Directions to Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View:
I-581, Exit 3
Hershberger Rd West
1st Right onto Ordway Drive, ¼ mile,
Right into parking lot.

Please contact Howard Moses, (540-961-7215, ext. 305) to make reservations by 5 PM, Monday, November 15, 2010 and specify the number of attendees.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

The Virginia Mountain Section will award 1 continuing education credit hour to P.E.'s licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia who attend the presentation at the November meeting detailed above. For more information, contact Dave Livingston at

ExCom Meeting

Interested in volunteering to support the VMS? There will be a meeting of the VMS Executive Committee at 5:30 PM preceding the general meeting. All are welcome to attend.


The section is in need of volunteers with fresh ideas to help it continue to provide high quality services to its membership. If you are willing to serve as a member of the executive committee, the newsletter editor, assist with the webpage, etc.; please come to our next executive committee meeting prior to the general meeting on October 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM. I will make a sign-up sheet available prior to the tour for those interested in serving the VMS.

Sample of Executive Committee Responsibilities


  • Conduct executive committee meetings
  • Conduct general meetings
  • Represent the section at regional meetings


  • Conduct technical portion of general meetings
  • Make arrangements for meeting venues
  • Fill-in for chair when necessary


  • Take minutes at executive committee meetings
  • Correspond with regional and national IEEE
  • Create and maintain the section budget
  • Take and make payments associated with section business
  • At-Large Members (4):
  • Plan section activities
  • Make decisions at executive committee meetings
  • Chair various committees

The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have one active technical chapter representing three Technical Societies:

  • Computers, Control Systems, and Industrial Electronics

two Student Chapters in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech

and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

Information about our Section, the Chapters, and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting items in the left column of this page.

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