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OWASP Vancouver

Welcome to the Vancouver chapter homepage. The chapter leader is Farshad Abasi.
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Watch Online

You can watch the live-stream here, and subscribe to the OWASP Vancouver YouTube channel here where you can also check out the archives (big thanks to George Pajari).

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for 2018 are as follows:

What you need to know about Web Application Firewalls (WAF)

Date: July 26, 2018 // Location: ACL, 980 Howe Street, 13th floor, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9, Canada
Registration is required and available here.

Speaker: Yvan Boily
Abstract: Join Yvan Boily for an overview of WAF technologies, how they can be deployed to protect your application and organization, their weaknesses and strengths, and learn how you can use FTW and other tools to test the effectiveness of your firewall.

Speaker Bio: Yvan Boily has been working in IT Security for more than 15 years in the government and finance sector.  Previously the chapter lead for OWASP and a co-founder of BSidesVancouver and MARS, Yvan Boily is currently working with Fastly as a Security Researcher.

Past Events

The following is a listing of our past events:

Transitioning into DevSecOps

Date: May 31 // Location: Microsoft Canada, Suite 1100 - 1111 W. Georgia, Vancouver, BC

For those of you who are unable to make it in person, you can watch the live-stream here and subscribe to the OWASP Vancouver YouTube channel here. (big thanks to George Pajari)
Speaker: Roger Trevisan
Abstract: Software development practices have evolved quite a bit in the recent years, from Waterfall, to the multiple flavors of Agile and now into DevOps. Security teams often have challenges keeping up with the speed and scalability requirements from the new development and operations practices and end up creating barriers that may cause disruption into development and operations life-cycle.

This presentation aims to cover the main reasons why security teams are failing to bolt on security into the current development models. It also shine some light into the difference between traditional security, DevOps + Security and DevSecOps and expose some of the processes, tools and cultural changes required for a successful DevSecOps organization./
Speaker bio: Roger Trevisan is a CISSP certified security professional with 12+ years of experience with web application security, secure coding, secure development lifecycle, penetration testing, risk assessment, vulnerability management, network security and information systems administration. As a skilled penetration tester and application security professional, Roger has helped high-profile companies in industries such as financial, healthcare and telecommunication to identify and address a large number of critical security vulnerabilities.

Managing an Application Security Testing and Vulnerability Management Program in a CI/CD Environment

Date: March 29 (registration is free and required as capacity is limited).
Speaker: Karim Lalji // Location: Mozzila's Vancouver office (, buzz 209)
Abstract: Modern software environments have adopted new methodologies to developing products including continuous integration and continuous delivery, more commonly referred to CI/CD. Application security testing and vulnerability management is an important aspect in software environments; unfortunately this practice is often lacking in both effectiveness and requisite knowledge when dealt with from an applications perspective as opposed to traditional IT infrastructures. The challenges are further extended in CI/CD environments where critical code is merging into production at regular intervals without proper security coverage.
This talk will aim to provide individuals with a working understanding of application security testing (AST) as well as vulnerability management in a modern software enterprise employing DevOps practices, and more specifically a CI/CD pipeline. The talk will discuss security testing at different stages of the S-SDLC from source code analysis to penetration testing and how to effectively manage vulnerabilities. The discussion is applicable to anyone with an interest in security or software in general but is of particular relevance to managers and architects interested in building an effective application security program.

Speaker Bio: Karim has a background in application security particularly in the banking/finance industries and currently works in a senior offensive security consulting role conducting penetration testing and threat/vulnerability assessments for a variety of clients. Karim was a software engineer in his past life and securing applications has been a strong focus for a good portion of his career.

Finding High-Risk Web Vulnerabilities with a Small Number of Generic Payloads

Date: Jan 25 // Location: Mozzila's Vancouver office (, buzz 209)
Speaker: Miles (San-Tsai) Sun
Abstract: Using a small number of generic payloads to discover high-risk web vulnerabilities (e.g., SQL injection, Remote Code Execution) is highly desirable during a penetration test. In this talk, I will present and demonstrate a lightweight vulnerability detection approach complimenting to traditional automatic scanners. Using an expression probing technique, this approach can systematically probe whether user-controlled input is treated as code by the server-side program logic, as well as the situational context of the injected payload, and its underlying language. Compared to automatic vulnerability scanners, this approach imposes tiny network footprint (e.g., quick, negligible system impact, avoid IP blocking), is agnostic to application platform/language, and friendly to Web Application Firewall/Intrusion Detection and Prevention System. This lightweight detection technique could address or reduce many common challenges faced by penetration testers.

Speaker Bio: San-Tsai Sun is a passionate information security professional and researcher. With more than 20 years of expertise in system development and application security, he is currently an Advanced Security Engineer at Staples, where he enjoys his work in penetration test, static/dynamic vulnerability scan, source code review, risk analysis/threat modeling, and application security design consultancy. Prior to Staples, he was a Senior Information Security Consultant at HSBC Bank. San-Tsai holds a PhD in Information Security from the University of British Columbia, and has been helping hundred of websites to address high risk security vulnerabilities found on their sites.\


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