Square Pegs/Round Holes: Toolset Strengths and Weaknesses

Tools often produce comparable end results by different pathways. The choice of tool for a given purpose can have dramatic effects on cost, security, maintainability, and other areas. These effects are completely predictable.

File transfer is one common case. There are several ways to transfer files between systems. FTP, HTTP, and Kermit are but three choices out of a wider universe of options. Each option has strengths and weaknesses. Often, analysis is skipped in favor of a preferred solution. This “everything is a nail” approach does a disservice to all.

This session will examine some examples of different technologies, and how the differences affect everyone, from end users to implementers.


Robert Gezelter has over 30 years of experience consulting on Information Technology matters and is a Contributing Editor of the recently released Computer Security Handbook, 5th Edition. In addition to his technical practice, he has been consulted on computer-related issues in civil and criminal litigation by attorneys for over 20 years.

Mr. Gezelter has also spoken and published extensively on operating systems, networks, performance, security, tools, and similar areas. Since 1985, he has spoken worldwide for organizations including ACM, Connect (previously Encompass/DECUS), ISSA, ISACA, and IEEE. He was appointed to the IEEE Computer Society's Distinguished Visitors Program for a three-year term in 2004. He is an EnCase® Certified Examiner (Guidance Software) and holds other industry certifications. Mr. Gezelter holds BA and MS degrees in Computer Science from New York University.

He was also a Contributing Editor to the Computer Security Handbook, 4th Edition (2002), the 3rd Edition (1995), and contributed to the Handbook of Information Security (2005).

Mr. Gezelter is in private practice, with clients ranging from the Fortune 10 to small businesses, both locally and internationally. He maintains his offices in Flushing, New York. He can be contacted via his firm's www site at http://www.rlgsc.com.

Sponsors: Trenton Computer Festival
Venue: College of New Jersey
Ewing Township, New Jersey
Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Room 211
Time: 2:30 P.M.
Admission: Registration Required. Event Registration at: http://www.tcf-nj.org
Session Notes: http://www.rlgsc.com/trentoncomputerfestival/2010/square-pegs-round-holes.html
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