6th CACR Information Security Workshop
1st Annual Privacy and Security Workshop
Mike Knowles, IBM
Michael Knowles is a security architect with IBM's Global IT Security and
Privacy Services and has been working in the services organization for the last
5 years. He has extensive work experience and in-depth knowledge in integrating
and managing PKI Infrastructures and also has a strong expertise in Local Area
Networks and in Personal Computers. With deep working knowledge in Token Ring,
Ethernet, Netscape Enterprise Server, Network Dispatcher, HACMP, TCP/IP, AIX,
OS/2, DOS/Windows, and OS/2 LAN Server,
Mr. Knowles has assisted customers in
government, banking, education, financial, health care, and retail industries
with their e-Business concerns.
Created an Enterprise Information and Information Technology Security
Architecture for a government ministry. This work comprised of assessing and
creating security principles, performing a gap analysis for existing security
policies, creating conceptual and logical security architectures, and assisting
with the creation of security selection criteria and security standards. This
work was integrated into an information repository as a base for future projects
throughout the ministries of the government.
Mr. Knowles assessed the firewall rules for a government ministry. After the
assessment, the firewall was upgraded and the revised and corrected rules were
implemented. A platform assessment was performed last with the outcome of the
project a conclusion to re-architect the firewall infrastructure in which
Mr. Knowles will perform and implement.
Mr. Knowles performed a high level assessment of network security and overall
security policy and practice against BS 7799 (British Standard 7799 is a
commercial security standard for business) for a major services company. The
project outlined some immediate concerns for the company to address and
Mr. Knowles will perform penetration testing in a later phase of this project.
Mr. Knowles performed a high-level security assessment of a PeopleSoft
application to determine any security exposures that may exist for the customer.
The assessment considered various areas such as application, network, operating
system, database, support and corporate policies as well as a comparison to best
practices in the industry.
Mr. Knowles architected a solution for a hospital's doctors to securely access
the internal network from remote sites. This solution when implemented will
allow these remote doctors to instantly access medical information from the
Mr. Knowles integrated an existing Internet Banking application with the Entrust
PKI Infrastructure. This integration required an understanding of the PKI
mechanics. Working closely with the associate's Security Department, a solid
solution developed encompassing customer registration, authentication, session
management, and support. The end solution included hardening all servers to
prevent unauthorized access, assessing any risk associated with the solution,
and documenting the integrated PKI infrastructure with regards to the Internet
Mr. Knowles enhanced a customer's Internet application for high availability. By
incorporating Network Dispatchers, the Internet traffic was balanced between
multiple Web Servers. HACMP was used for the Application Servers to ensure the
Internet application would be available 24 hours each day for seven days a week.
The application itself was made more intelligent to improve response time within
Mr. Knowles wrote a CGI script and created HTML pages for an e-Business
application. He also setup and configuration two RS/6000's with AIX and all
other required software. Mr. Knowles assisted with the development of an
Internet Security document for this solution. This application now serves over
fifty thousand of this financial institution's customers.
Mr. Knowles instructed a course on the installation and some of the applications
of TCP/IP. The applications included FTP, Telnet, and WebExplorer. The
instruction consisted of demonstrations followed by group labs which were
created by Mr. Knowles.
Michael Knowles acquired his "Bachelors of Mathematics - Honours Computer
Science - Philosophy Minor - Co-op" degree from the University of Waterloo.