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OWASP Cambridge

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Cambridge OWASP Chapter Meeting

Tuesday 10th November 2015 17:45 – 20:30, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB003), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Hosted by the Department of Computing & Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) East Anglia Branch and OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Cambridge Chapter

Guest speakers: Steve Lord - Mandarolian

Steve has been a career penetration tester for 16 years and has a special love for snake oil solutions. When not pulling apart IoT devices, Steve breaks into networks and applications at Mandalorian, co-organises the UKs 44CON Cybersecurity and 44CON London conferences and builds devious hardware.

Steve keynoted AppSec EU earlier this year talking about the Internet of Things, and previously spoke at AppsecEU in 2009 about WordPress (in)security in Dublin. He also writes about penetration testing and career hacking at and occasionally for SC Magazine, IT Security Guru, the Gentleman Hacker’s Club and other online outlets.

Title : Trying (and failing) to secure the Internet of Things

Have you ever felt that your life is incomplete without socks that tell you when to wash them? Do you feel a strange hollow sense of ennui that can only be filled with a cloud-based solution for tracking the freshness and replenishment of eggs in your fridge? Well worry no more, friend, the Internet of Things is here with solutions for every problem, even ones that don’t exist!

In this talk we’ll take a humorous look at the way the wonderful world of IoT works, the security issues surrounding it and I’ll focus specifically on the IoT widgets, and problems facing IoT designers and providers. We’ll also look at some hypothetical solutions and my own failed attempts at implementing them.

Guest speakers: John Mersh - Trusted Software

John has worked in the computer industry for the last 30 years in fields ranging from CAD to Hardware Security Modules to Mobile Phones. He has been working in software security for more than ten years.

John has worked on systems ranging in size from mainframes down to Java cards and has been deeply involved with the development of security standards such as the GlobalPlatform TEE, Trusted Computing Group Mobile TPM, OMTP mobile security standards and the Bluetooth Link Manager. He has worked for a variety of companies including ARM on the TrustZone Architecture and now runs his own consultancy company.

Title: Software and System Security: a life vest in the IoT ocean

Software and system security is always given at least lip service by every IoT provider but how many actually implement it?

This talk covers the many areas that software and system security covers which don't just cover the “things” but the whole system. John will explain how the right security solution can not only protect your customers but can protect your IP and your business against the sharks that are to be found in the IoT ocean.


18:00 - 18:15 Welcome from the OWASP Cambridge Chapter Leader & "Introduction to the OWASP IoT Project" Adrian Winckles, Course Leader in Information Security & Forensic Computing, Anglia Ruskin University

18:15 - 19:15 "Software and System Security: a life vest in the IoT ocean" John Mersh - Trusted Software

19:15 - 20:15 "Trying (and failing) to secure the Internet of Things" Steve Lord - Mandarolian

20:15 - 21:00 Refreshments & Networking (coffee, tea, juice) in LAB006


To register for this free event, please register online here

The conference will be held in the Lord Ashcroft Building, Room LAB002 (Breakout Room LAB006 for networking & refreshments).

Please enter through the Helmore Building and ask at reception.

Meeting Location

Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge Campus

East Road



Get further information on travelling to the university.

Everyone is welcome to join us at our chapter meetings.

Planned dates for upcoming events

Tuesday 8th December 2015 (proposed Internet of Things Security with BCS EA Region)

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Date Name / Title Link
10 Oct 2015 Sumit "sid" Siddharth / Some neat, new and ridiculous hacks from our vault
10 Feb 2015 Steven van der Baan / Web Application Security Testing with Burp Suite
2 December 2014 Colin Watson / OWASP Cornucopia
21 October 2014 Eireann Leverett presentation
1st April 2014 Ian Glover (CREST) / Overview of the CREST activities to professionalise the industry.
Yiannis Chrysanthou (KPMG) / Modern Password Cracking
Damien King (KPMG) / Filename Enumeration with TildeTool
12th November 2013 Paul Cain / Tracking Data using Forensics
12th November 2013 James Forshaw/ The Forger's Art: Exploiting XML Digital Signature Implementations presentation
5th March 2013 Sarantis Makoudis / Android (in)Security presentation
5th March 2013 Nikhil Sreekumar / Power On, Powershell presentation