Links for the Weeks of April 27, 2009

Afghan Villages Bolstered by Micro-Hydro Power Plant from DAI Success Stories

Livelihoods do not come easily for those living in the foothills of the Hindu Kush. The few roads are rough and hard to travel, and homes and shops in many villages go dark after sundown for lack of electricity.
Families in eastern Afghanistan have also been forced to live with war. Those in provinces such as Nangarhar, which shares a border with Pakistan and its tribal areas, live each day under the threat of violence.

Prospects are improving, however, for people in the village of Dodarek in Nangarhars Dare Noor district. A mountain stream runs through the village, and though it is only a few feet wide, its water is powerful. Now, thanks to a DAI-led project, some of the water from the stream flows through a turbine that creates electricity for homes and shops.

This project is a blessing to the people of this village, said Mir Alam Khan, the head of Dodaraks tribal shura, or village council. The economy of the community has improved, and I am sure more significant, positive changes will occur…

Liberian Forces Cheered After Emergency Bridge Replacement from DAI Success Stories

Making a difference in developing nations is often as much about reacting creatively to crisis and opportunity on the ground as it is about implementing the best laid plans of development programmers. So it proved in the community of Bleh, where the demise of a worn-out bridge turned into an example of civil-military coordination that came to the aid and won the hearts of thousands of Liberians.

The log bridge spanning the Sanquin River provided a crucial link for people in southern Liberia, connecting families from Bleh with services to the south and enabling women to cross the river and tend their crops. In addition, the 190-feet-long bridge served the Greenville-to-Buchanan National Road, a 150-mile laterite road that snakes through the rain forest between two of the countrys key ports.

The wooden bridge had long suffered under the burden of overloaded commercial and logging trucks, and in September 2008 another weighty truck proved one too many, causing irreparable damage to grillage piers and crossbeams, and forcing Liberias Ministry of Public Works to close the bridge to vehicles.

What to do? Staff at the DAI-implemented Liberia Community Infrastructure Project II (LCIP II) realized that a Bailey bridgea portable prefabricated bridge typically used by military engineerswas available in-country and might serve the purpose, at least temporarily. They quickly began working with the Ministries of Public Works and Defense, the newly restructured Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Engineering Battalion, and engineering firm PAEs Security Sector Reform military mentors and trainers…

Using Nmap Results With Nessus Batch Scanning from Tenable Network Security by Paul Asadoorian

A Nessus user recently asked us the following question:

"I would like to have Nessus read Nmap scan results from the command line. I already have Nmap portscanning and operating system fingerprinting, can I import the Nmap findings using Nessus in batch mode?"

Tenable has supported Nmap usage within Nessus for several years. Nmap and Nessus have different types of scanning philosophies and understanding how they work can help you achieve success with your network scanning efforts. The Nessus server includes its own portscanning, service fingerprinting and operating system identification techniques that are similar but independent from Nmap’s. However, you may run into a situation where Nmap was run first and you already have the output from this tool and want to apply the results to your vulnerability scan. I set out to do this in my lab and realized this would be a good opportunity to highlight some of the features in Nessus. Below is a step-by-step guide on configuring Nessus to run batch mode scans based on Nmap results:

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Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

Posted in Blog, DAI, Develpment Alternatives, International Development, Nessus, NMAP, USAID

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