DojoCon 2009 Presentation

Posted November 7th, 2009 by

For those of you who didn’t know the real purpose of DojoCon, it was to raise money and awareness for Hackers for Charity. If you like anything that is in this post, go to HFC and make a donation of time, equipment, tech support, and maybe money. If you’ve never heard of HFC because you’re not one of the “InfoSec Cool Kids”, now is your chance–go read about them.

The video of my dojocon presentation. The microphone was off for the first couple of minutes but I look pretty animated.

And then the compliance panel that I tried not to dominate:

And finally, my slides are up on slideshare:

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AppSec DC Press and Themes

Posted November 2nd, 2009 by

So I’m working with the AppSecDC folks doing press relations amongst other things.  I’ve noticed several themes for the conference that might be of interest to the rest of the world.  Of course there’s the usual “The end is nigh, and not even Norton can save you!!!!!” stuff that’s been the staple of security conferences for the past 5 years or so (oh noes, teh Internetz are broken.  Again)

However, AppSecDC has another set of themes that are mostly unique to OWASP and AppSecDC in particular:

  • The OWASP Approach to Security: it’s not process/product, it’s education and outreach.  Thanks to Doug Wilson for this idea.  Basically with host and network security, the option is to buy stuff and throw it at the problem.  With application security, it’s “go out and touch a developer today” and “use ESAPI as a tool to help the developers write better and secure code more quickly”.  This is a new concept to the system integrator that I am, but I like it much better than my usual approach.
  • Government and Application Security: we’re about 5 years behind industry, how do we catch up?  To this effort, we have some notable Government speakers such as a keynote by Joe Jarzombek, Director for Software Assurance in the National Cyber Security Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • OWASP Top 10 2009/2010: This will be announced at AppSecDC with much w00tness and excitement.
  • OWASP National Summit: this will be held the day before the official conference.

Convinced you want to go?  Check out the conference site.

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