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OWASP Hartford

Welcome to the Hartford chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are James McGovern and Alvin Fong
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Participation

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Meetup link

Most of our chapter event coordination is done via meetup. Hit the link for the latest:

https://www.meetup.com/Hartford-Cyber-Security-Meetup-OWASP/events/248771357/

Sponsors

We would like to thank Travelers Insurancefor their generous sponsorship and helping make application security visible...

If you would like to sponsor either the food and/or door prizes for an upcoming meeting, please email James McGovern with your proposal. Independent of any financial considerations, sponsorship priority is driven by those who drive participation in OWASP to their employees and customers.

Call for Sponsors/Speakers

This is a call for speakers/papers. If we haven't approached you, but you believe you have a significant discovery or new research that the security community would value, or enjoy hearing about, we invite you to submit your presentation topic for serious consideration. Preference will be given to speakers who can present new and innovative technical content to a broad audience. Of course, all presentations are expected to challenge the brightest and quickest of attendees - we wouldn't have it any other way.

OWASP is not a vendor fair. Consequently, there will be very little tolerance for commercial content within presentations. Attendees will be encouraged to quell any shameless marketing that is not immediately backed up with rationale for its inclusion.

Some topics of interest for upcoming meetings include (but are not limited to):

  • Risk Rating Methodologies
  • Breaking CAPTCHA
  • Internet of Things (IOT) Security
  • Information Security 101 for Business Executives
  • Enterprise Risk Management - Understanding true risks

Upcoming Events

Agenda:

2-3pm: Yaxa (Startup security spotlight) - Kalpesh Sheth

  • Introduction to Yaxa, part of Hartford's InsurTech startup accelerator
  • Emerging trends in cyber threat vectors
  • Which tools people are using and what security vendors are doing?
  • What is state of the art – when hackers are changing their TTPs?
  • Why users are the weakest link and what to do about it?

3-4pm: OWASP CT Chapter Meeting (2018 community initiatives)

4pm: Networking / HH TBD

About Kalpesh Sheth:

With 20+ years of technical expertise in data networking, network security, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Cluster Computing, Kalpesh Sheth has been an instrumental leader in the execution of several complex development projects from inception to deployment. Sheth has served as a founding team member and senior executive at several successful startups and large companies. Before co-founding Yaxa, Sheth was Senior Technical Director at DRS Technologies (acquired by Finmeccanica S.p.A.), Director at RiverDelta Networks (acquired by Motorola and now part of Arris) and fifth employee of Digital Technology (acquired by Agilent Technologies). He is a co-author of VITA 41.6 an ANSI standard, and has spoken at numerous trade conferences as an expert panel member. Sheth holds M.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

What to bring

  • Ideas for community-based 2018 initiatives
  • Security questions you're looking for help from other security pros in the area

Important to know

RSVP closes @ 4pm the day before the event as a list of names needs to be sent to building security. Please make sure your meetup name reflects your full name.

Note: there is limited street parking and the constitution plaza and financial plaza garages are the closest to the central row meeting rooms.

Past Events

Agenda: Saturday, Oct 7th 2017
9:00AM - 6:00PM
OWASP @ BSidesCT: Accelerating & Pivoting your Security Career

Presentation: https://www.owasp.org/images/3/3b/OWASP_CT_bSides_100717.4_compressed.pdf

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gF1ZL0lcz4

James and I will be presenting on Accelerating and Pivoting your security career.

Title: Accelerating and Pivoting your Security Career

Abstract: This talk is for folks either trying to identify paths into the InfoSEC space, and for experienced security professionals trying to pivot and jump start alternative security career paths. We'll map out different career paths and identify key skills for success, discuss how to build them, and resources you can take advantage of locally here in CT.

Agenda: Thursday, Jun 15th 2017
6:00PM - 9PM
Wireless Security Workshop

Presentation: File:OWASP Wireless Security 101.pdf

This session will take a departure from some of our recent OWASP sessions. The hosts at MakeHartford have generously offered their classroom space for this security lab session/workshop coming out of the OWASP pen-testing initiative group. Jon Williams will be presenting and demonstrating some fundamental wireless security concepts. Depending on time and if we get access to some COTS routers, we may also try to do some hands-on wireless security testing. Plan on bringing your laptop and spare wireless router if you can. This session is oriented toward folks looking to learn about wireless security and getting introduced to wireless security concepts for the first time.

Note: Due to the classroom size, we're limiting this to the first 20 participants.

Agenda:

  • Overview: Wireless security concepts
  • Remote access, Local network - encrypted and unencrypted
  • Wireless attacks:
  • Rogue access point, MiTM, Session Hijacking, Radio monitoring, Session theft
  • Review: Risks to remote workers
  • Game time: defensive techniques
  • Demonstration: Wireless Man-in-the-Middle and Rogue AP

About Jon Williams:

Jon Williams hails from Cheshire, CT, where he lives with his wife and daughter and works from home as Security Administrator for IGG Software. A taste for adventure has carried him far, from the islands of the Bahamas where he worked towards building an eco-hostel, to the deserts of Egypt where he taught children at environmental leadership camps, to the high seas where he circumscribed the globe in a steamship. His passion for technology led him into the security field, where he now spends an unhealthy proportion of his time trying to break computer systems so that others might improve them. He recently attained a CISSP certification and actively contributes to projects at OWASP Hartford

Agenda: Wednesday, Apr 26th 2017
6:30PM - 9PM
OWASP @ MakeHartford
Presentation: File:OWASP Hartford pen-test lab intiative 20170322.pdf

We've got a new team working on putting together a security / pen testing lab and security learning environment here in CT.  The goal is to have a place where we can create and share security and pen testing tips and tricks with our members, as well as using the lab as a means to bolster our outreach efforts to the colleges in the area.

We're going to use this initial session to explore the MakeHartford space and start building up that lab. If you're interested, we would love to see you at this session. Otherwise, shoot me an email and i'll keep you posted on working group meetings moving forward.

Thanks to the current volunteer team and Steve Yanicke @MakeHartford:

  • Dain Perkins 
  • Darin Wilborne 
  • Jon Williams 
  • Kevin Tobin 
  • Adam Haller 
  • Cameron Morris

Agenda: Wednesday, Mar 29th 2017
6:30PM - 9PM
OWASP UCONN
Presentation: https://www.owasp.org/images/e/ef/Hartford-UCONN-March-2017.pdf

The next OWASP Hartford chapter meeting will be held at the ITE Building Room 301 on the University of Connecticut Campus in Storrs. We are conducting an interactive session with students of the cybersecurity club and will be inviting participation from students attending Law, Business and Medical schools for an enlightening discussion on Healthcare Information Security. As usual, this event is kid-friendly and OWASP-approved with a healthy dose of FREE TO ATTEND sprinkled on top.

Agenda: Thursday, Sep 29th 2016
2PM - 4PM
Fraud Analytics
Presentation: File:Owasp Hartford - Exploring fraud analytics.pdf

The next OWASP Hartford chapter meeting will focus on Fraud Analytics. James Ruotolo from SAS will be joining us to discuss fraud analytics methodologies, fraud patterns in insurance. There will also be a walkthrough of Visualization technologies, Risk Scoring, and Cybersecurity.
File:Owasp Hartford - Exploring fraud analytics.pdf

Agenda:
Exploring Fraud Analytics
1. Introduction
a. Business analytics
b. Example fraud analytics use cases
2. Fraud analytics methodology
a. Detection techniques
b. Data management considerations
c. Deployment and operationalization
3. Case study: Fraud analytics in insurance
a. Visualization technology
b. Fraud risk scoring and alert triage
c. Cybersecurity
d. Example results
4. Q&A

About James Ruotolo:
James Ruotolo is the product line leader for the fraud and security intelligence solution portfolio at SAS®. He is responsible for product management and marketing of fraud detection and compliance solutions for the banking, insurance, healthcare and government industries. Before joining SAS®, James was the Director of Strategic Operations for the special investigation unit of a large multi-line US insurance company where he was responsible for investigative analytics and intelligence operations. He has nearly two decades of investigation and fraud analytics experience. Connect with him on Twitter @jdruotolo

Agenda: Thursday, May 26th 2016
Industry Cyber Security Panel

Brian Bemis – Travelers - Director of Application Security and Public Key Infrastructure
Brian’s area of focus includes Application security, penetration testing, network security, Secure SDLC, and certificates

Brian Heemsoth – Aetna – Director of Software and Mobile Security
Brian Heemsoth is responsible for designing and implementing security solutions with a user experience focus,
application security, mobile security and incident response.

Joe Niquette – UnitedHealth Group – Security Solutions Architect
Joe’s involved in security research and development and passionate about rugged DevOps.

Ankur Singhal – the Hartford – Manager Application Security
Ankur’s focus is web and mobile application security, security vulnerability management and remediation, Secure SDLC, PKI and cert management, Encryption at rest and most recently Security in DevOps

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


This meeting will be held at Travelers, Hartford CT (Central Row Conference Room)

Agenda: Tuesday, February 9th 2016


Threat Modeling for Architects, Business Analysts and Quality Assurance Professionals’ Category
Robert Hurlbut
Independent software security consultant, architect and trainer
Hurlbut Consulting Services
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Future Direction of Chapter
James McGovern
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

This meeting will be held at Travelers, Hartford CT (Central Row Conference Room)

Postponed Events

Agenda: Tuesday, April 16th 2013
Why We Need DevOps Now: A Fourteen Year Study Of High Performing IT Organizations
Gene Kim - CTO of Tripwire
This meeting will be held at Travelers in Downtown Hartford

Past Events

Agenda: Tuesday, May 27th 2014
OWASP Mobile Top Ten Risks 2014 – The New M10: ‘Lack of Binary Protection’ Category
Senior Security Engineer at Arxan Technologies
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

IDaaS (Cloud) Landscape - Why Companies are Shifting Strategies Toward Cloud-Based Identity Management vs. Traditional Security Methods?
Tarek Khaled, Senior Security Engineer at Okta
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This meeting was held at Travelers, Hartford CT (Central Row Conference Room)

Agenda: Tuesday, October 22nd 2013
Mobile Security: Attacks and Defenses
Gene Meltser, Technical Director, Neohapsis Labs
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

An Application Pen Tester's introduction to Android Internals
Tom Palarz, Senior Security Consultant, Neohapsis Labs
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This meeting was held at Travelers, Hartford CT (Central Row Conference Room)

Agenda: Tuesday, June 6th 2013
Building a Better Botnet
Michael Smith, Akamai
This meeting will be held at the Travelers in Hartford

Agenda: Tuesday, May 6th 2013
Web Services Security
James McGovern, HP Enterprise Services
This meeting was held at the ACORD LOMA Forum in Las Vegas

Agenda: Wednesday, April 24th 2013
Cloud and Identity
George Dobbs, Enterprise Architect - MassMutual
8:30 AM to Noon
This meeting was be held at IBM, 755 Main Street, Hartford CT (The Gold Building)

Agenda: Wednesday, October 24th 2012
International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA) Joint Meeting
James McGovern - Introduction to Security for Business Analysts
This meeting was held at Chubb in Simsbury

Agenda: Wednesday, September 26th 2012
Joint Meeting with OWASP Student Chapter
Introduction to Network Security
Anthony DAmato

Agenda: Wednesday, May 23rd 2012
Introduction to SOA Security
James McGovern

Agenda: Tuesday, May 18th 2010
Joint Meeting with ISACA on the topic of auditing web applications

Dmitry Zhdanov presentation is located here
Mark Wireman presentation is located here
James Ritche presentation is located here
Mark Coderre presentation is located here

Agenda: Thursday, December 3rd 2009

SOCIAL MEDIA, PRIVACY AND BREACHES
Ian Glazer, Distinguished Industry Analyst Burton Group
Powerpoint presentation is located here

VANISH: MAKING DATA DISAPPEAR
George Dobbs, Chief Architect Knights of Columbus
Powerpoint presentation is located here

Agenda: Tuesday, November 17th 2009

ATTACK YOUR DATABASE BEFORE OTHERS DO
Todd Desantis, Lead Sales Engineer Sentrigo

Agenda: Tuesday, October 13th 2009

THE CONVERGENCE OF SECURITY AND PRIVACY: CLOUD COMPUTING
Michael Waidner, Distinguished IBM Engineer and Security CTO IBM

Agenda: Monday, September 14th 2009

OWASP: WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING
Tom Brennan, OWASP Board Member OWASP

WEB APPLICATION SECURITY ASSURANCE
Gregory Gotta, SVP Security CA

Agenda: Wednesday, June 10th 2009

THE ANATOMY OF SECURITY DISASTERS
Marcus Ranum, CSO of Tenable Security
Powerpoint presentation is located here

Agenda: Tuesday, April 30th 2009

RECRUITING ELITE IT TALENT
Jordan Haberfield (Agile Elephant), SVP of System One

DETECTING BACKDOORS IN WEB APPLICATIONS
Chris Wysopal CTO, Veracode

Agenda: Monday, April 13th 2009

AGILE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY: 4:00 - 6:45 PM
Scott Ambler, Agile Practice Leader, IBM
Powerpoint presentation is located here

Agenda: Tuesday, February 10th 2009

OPEN SOURCE IDENTITY SERVICES (The Higgins Project)
Mary Ruddy, Meristic

ENABLING STRONGER/MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION FOR ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS
Ramesh Nagappan, Security Architect at Sun Microsystems

STATE OF WEB APPLICATION SECURITY
Gunnar Peterson, CTO of Artec Group and Twin Cities OWASP

Agenda: Wednesday, November 11th 2008

LIGHTWEIGHT SECURITY USING IDENTITY-BASED ENCRYPTION: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Richard Eisenberg, Architect at Voltage Security

Agenda: Wednesday, September 24th 2008

TOP TEN BOGUS TECH QUOTES OF THE YEAR: 6:00 - 6:45 PM
Paul Roberts, Industry Analyst, The 451 Group
Powerpoint presentation is located here

MAKING APPLICATIONS SECURE BY REMOVING SECURITY: 6:45 - 7:30 PM
Andrew Stone, Senior Manager, Accenture
Powerpoint presentation is located here

Agenda: Wednesday, June 11th 2008

CARDSPACE AND USER CENTRIC IDENTITY
Chris Winn, Security Evangelist, Microsoft

IDENTITY GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK
Prateek Mishra, Product Manager, Oracle
Powerpoint Presentation is here

Agenda: Wednesday, April 30th 2008

THE IDIOTS GUIDE TO DEVELOPING BAD ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS AND WORST LOGGING PRACTICES
Anton Chuvakin, Chief Logging Evangelist, LogLogic

KEEPING SECRETS: APPLICATION SECURITY IS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE
Jack Danahy, CTO and Founder, Ounce Labs

Agenda: Thursday, February 28th 2008

HOW WEB 2.0 HAS CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE OF APPLICATION SECURITY
Chenxi Wang, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

EXPLOITING ONLINE GAMES
Gary McGraw, CTO, Cigital

Locations

All meetings are held at the headquarters of Travelers Insurance 45 Central Row, Hartford CT 06103 (Entrance is between Dunkin Donuts and CVS pharmacy). Free parking is available in their Propspect Street Garage (Next to Hartford Club).