2010 BASC Speakers

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We would like to thank our speakers for donating their time and effort to help make this conference successful and free.

Josh Corman (The 451 Group)

Joshua Corman is the Research Director of the 451 Group's enterprise security practice. Corman has more than a decade of experience with security and networking software, most recently serving as Principal Security Strategist for IBM Internet Security Systems. Corman’s research cuts across sectors to the core challenges of the industry, and drives evolutionary strategies toward emerging technologies and shifting economics.

Corman is a candid and highly coveted speaker and has spoken at leading industry events such as RSA, Interop, ISACA, and SANS. His efforts to educate and challenge the industry recently lead NetworkWorld magazine to recognize him as a top innovators of IT for 2009. Corman also serves on the Faculty for IANS and is a staunch advocate for CISOs everywhere. In 2010, Corman also co-founded RuggedSoftware.org – a value based initiative to raise awareness and usher in an era of secure digital infrastructure.

Ming Chow (Tufts University, CS Department)

Ming Chow is a scholar of science and technology and a Lecturer at the Tufts University Department of Computer Science. His areas of interests are computer security, game development, web application security, and Computer Science in Education. Ming co-edited a special issue of IEEE Security & Privacy on securing online games with Gary McGraw of Cigital, Inc. published in May 2009. Ming is a frequent guest speaker, and have spoke at numerous organizations, including New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators (NEAIFI), and the New England Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA-NE), the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), John Hancock, and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (AGO). Finally, Ming is a SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH). HTML5 Security
The power of HTML5 allows developers to create web applications not just structured content, but its new features has increased the attack surface. This presentation will demo and discuss new attack opportunities, particularly on client machines, including abusing the offline application cache and SQL injection via file-based client-side databases.

Andrew Gronosky (Raytheon/BBN Technologies)

Mr. Andrew Gronosky is a staff engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies. He has experience developing software for a variety of applications including data analysis and visualization, digital signal processing, and parallel and distributed systems. He holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.
A Crumple Zone for Service-Oriented Architectures
We present a new architectural construct analogous to the crumple zone in an automobile. It consists of a layer of intelligent service proxies that work together to provide both signature-based and non-signature based defenses. We present our initial design for Java RMI based services and compare it with web application firewalls.

Joshua "Jabra" Abraham, Will Vandevanter (Rapid7)

Joshua "Jabra" Abraham joined Rapid7 in 2006 as a Security Consultant. Josh has extensive IT Security and Auditing experience and worked as an enterprise risk assessment analyst for Hasbro Corporation. Josh specializes in penetration testing, web application security assessments, wireless security assessments, and custom code development. He has spoken at BlackHat, DefCon, ShmooCon, The SANS Pentest Summit, Infosec World, CSI, OWASP Conferences, LinuxWorld, Comdex and BLUG. In his spare time, he contributes code to open source security projects such as the BackTrack LiveCD, BeEF, Nikto, Fierce, and PBNJ. He is frequently quoted in the media regarding Microsoft Patch Tuesday and web application security by ComputerWorld, DarkReading and SC Magazine.
Mr. Vandevanter joined Rapid7 in 2008. Will has IT Security experience with a focus in web application security and secure software engineering. Will specializes in penetration testing, web application security assessments, and secure code development. In the past Will has also worked on a few different Open Source security projects including porting SELinux to OpenMoko and other Linux based mobile platforms. Will holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University and Masters Degree in Computer Science from James Madison University.
Hacking SAP BusinessObjects
Business intelligence is a multi-billion industry. At the top of the product food chain is BusinessObjects. BusinessObjects is a very widely deployed business intelligence tool that’s focus is in managing, querying, analyzing, and reporting on business data. It is used by government entities (e.g. U.S Air Force), telecom companies (e.g. Verizon), car manufacturers (e.g. Nissan), and beverage companies (e.g. Coors) to retain and control vast amounts of data. If you are a penetration tester chances are you have run into at least one BusinessObjects server during an engagement. Yet, very few vulnerabilities have been publically released and, to the best of the authors knowledge, no white papers have been released on attack methodologies for BusinessObjects itself. In this presentation we will present the entire lifecycle of attacking a BusinessObjects server from external and internal enumeration (e.g. Google dorks), fingerprinting techniques, account enumeration vulnerabilities, specific attack vectors for gaining access to accounts, privilege escalation vulnerabilities, and eventually full system compromise vulnerabilities that we have found during our research. Anyone interesting in attacking an organization that has BusinessObjects or SOA deployed in their environment should attend this talk.

Christien Rioux (SOURCE Conference)

Christien Rioux is co-founder and chief scientist of Veracode, the world's only binary-analysis powered online application risk management service. Prior to Veracode, he was a founder at security consulting firm @stake, a member of the hacker think-tank L0pht Heavy Industries, and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute Of Technology. Today, he focuses on algorithms to automate the difficult task of reverse-engineering and analyzing binaries for security vulnerabilities.
The Exploit Arms Race
As defenses have become more sophisticated, so have the attacks required to circumvent them. Learn about the roots of techniques like Stack cookies/Stackguard/Run-Time Stack Checking, DEP and ASLR, from attacks like trampolining, return-oriented programming, the evolution of fuzzing techniques, static and dynamic analysis for attacking and defending software.

Paul Schofield (Imperva)

With broad business and technical experience ranging from mergers and acquisitions to incident response and investigations, Paul Schofield is a frequent and energetic public speaker. With over fourteen years of experience in Information Security and Risk Management, his diverse background he brings insightful perspectives to security and risk management discussions. Paul is currently a Senior Security Engineer with Imperva, an award winning application Security company.
Business Logic Attacks – BATs and BLBs
Business logic attacks are a set of legal application transactions that are used to carry out a malicious operation that is not part of normal business practices. This presentation will provide a quick introduction to business logic attacks, their unique characteristics and the motivation behind their uptick. Concluding this session we will discuss using multiple advanced techniques to battle these attacks, rather than relying exclusively on application code.

Rob Cheyne (CEO, Safelight Security Advisors)

Rob was one of a select few at security consulting company @stake who regularly led and conducted full-blown enterprise-level architecture assessments for Fortune 500 companies. Drawing from his experience with dozens of real-world architecture assessments over the past 12 years, and his 20 years as a software developer, architect, and consultant, Rob teaches students to challenge assumptions that frequently lead to long-term security and reliability problems.

OWASP Basics 1 and 2

Rob presents a number of scenarios that walk participants through the basics of SQL injection, XSS and CSRF, along with a few other tricks he has up his sleeve. Participants will come away with a foundation for further security learning. Those already knowledgeable on application security issues will learn some new techniques for presenting and teaching this information in a clear, concise and effective manner.

John Carmichael (Safelight Security Advisors)

Coffee Shop Warfare: Protecting Yourself in Dark Territory
A lighthearted look at the real threats that people face in personal computing, specifically when connected to unknown network at coffee shops and airports. John will cover many of these threats and discuss tools and best practices everyone can engage in to ensure they protect their machine and information from these risks.

Dan Crowley (Core Security)

URL Enlargement
URL shorteners are ubiquitous in today's Internet culture. This talk will aim to demonstrate them. Come see what's behind the short URLs: personal documents, parasitic storage, authentication credentials, attacks and more!

Kenneth Smith

Ken Smith, CISSP, CISA, GCIH is an Enterprise Information Security Architect with 15 years of experience in the information security space. He currently leads efforts related to IT risk management, compliance, and privacy for a private $1B e-Commerce, Catalog, and Retail organization. As a consultant, and former QSA, Ken has an extensive background in PCI DSS and has helped many organizations in the area of strategic planning, assessment, remediation plan development, and security program design.

Web Applications and Data Tokenization
Tokenization has become increasingly popular as a method to protect sensitive data and reduce the scope of security requirements such as PCI DSS. Many solutions now integrate directly with web applications, tokenizing data before it ever reaches internal corporate systems. As developers, you may be tasked with integrating tokenization into your applications. If done correctly, this can be a big win for your organization. This talk will cover the types of tokenization solutions, seeing through the marketing hype and vendor claims, and how to avoid some common mistakes that could greatly reduce tokenizations effectiveness.

Shakeel Tufail (Fortify)

Shakeel Tufail is a Federal Practice Manager at Fortify, an HP company, where his responsibilities include refining customer security requirements, managing Fortify product deployments and delivering security services. Mr. Tufail brings over 18 years of experience to the IT industry in the areas of network engineering, software development, quality assurance, risk management, and security. Recently, he led over 30 enterprise security assessments for DoD and Fortune Top 50 commercial organizations that directly led to improvement of their risk profile. Prior to joining Fortify, Mr. Tufail held positions such as Deputy Program Manager for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Managing Partner for Insyte, General Manager of CompUSA, and Lead Release Engineer for AOL Time-Warner’s AOL Instant Messenger development team and HOST Servers QA group. An active software assurance community member, Mr. Tufail contributes to standards-defining efforts including the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE), the Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC) and other elements of the Software Assurance Programs of the Department of Homeland Security, NSA, and the Department of Defense. He has accumulated over 25 industry standard certifications and is a member of OWASP, ISACA, ISSA, and IEEE. In his spare time, Shakeel enjoys travel, photography, and technical training at local schools. Recently, he hiked the Himalayas to Mt. Everest basecamp.

Open SAMM (Security Assurance Maturity Model)
SAMM is an open framework to help organizations formulate and implement a strategy for software security that is tailored to the specific risks facing the organization. The building blocks of the model are the three maturity levels defined for each of the twelve security practices. These define a wide variety of activities to reduce security risks and increase software assurance. Additional details are included to measure successful activity performance, understand the associated assurance benefits, estimate personnel and other costs.

Conference Organizers

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Gold Sponsors
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Conference Organizer: Jim Weiler