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16 March 2012 12:30 - 14:00


ANZ, 833 Collins St, Docklands, Melbourne VIC 3008

Room Location: Core C

Please ask about OWASP at reception and they will direct you to the room (room: Core C).

The easiest way to get there is to hop on the tram number 48 or 11, on Collins St and go right to the end of Collins. Alternatively, walk down Collins St this is a walking distance . This will be the last stop.


Andrew van der Stock


Die passwords, die!

It's 2012, and we're still getting passwords so very, very wrong.

Why do users choose ridiculous passwords? Marvel at real world stats! Why do organisations allow ridiculous passwords? Cringe at the excuses! Why do business owners prevent better choices? Rage against the status quo! Why do risk managers resist the completely obvious? A supply of 2x4's will not be available because you cannot be trusted with the truth Why do developers code the same bad patterns again and again? Rubber hoses will not be available for public safety reasons Why do security professionals allow this to continue? We suck. We have failed. This failure will keep us paid until we retire.

Or will it?

If this was the real world, this is finger painting where getting paint on your face, the walls, your clothes, and in your hair is deemed a job well done.

This talk will go through the human factors relating to password security, and what can be done about it.

About the speaker

Andrew van der Stock is a member of the OWASP Global Chapter Committee. He has been working in the InfoSec Community in Australia and globally since 1998 and has established himself as highly respected consultant in Australia and in the USA. Andrew devotes much of his limited personal time to industry open source projects such as OWASP, and was the lead and author of some of the most used OWASP materials out there - OWASP Developer Guide 2.0, OWASP Top 10 2007, and is currently interested in helping the Application Security Verification Standard.  Andrew has performed security architecture, code reviews, software assurance, risk management, written policy, and performed penetration testing for clients in Australia and the USA for more than twelve years.  Andrew has returned from the USA in 2009 after consulting for global Fortune 500 organizations in over 25 states. Andrew has taught more than a thousand developers in AsiaPac and in the USA. He is an in demand speaker, with appearances at Ruxcon, Black Hat, OSCON, SAGE-AU, AusCERT, and OWASP AU and OWASP EU, he is seen as an authoritative source in software security, penetration testing and Policy & Governance. He is currently without a job, which is annoying, so if you want to help keep his daughter in Thomas the Tank Engine rides and cats in the luxurious lifestyle they are used to, please say hi at the meeting.

Hope to see you all there.

OWASP Melbourne :)