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OWASP Chicago Suburbs

Welcome to the Chicago Suburbs chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are Sam Curcio, Phillip VanDeman and Jay Schulman.


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Next Meeting

December 2013 Meeting:

What: An unbiased, practical, cost-effective gathering to discuss application security.

When:  Wednesday, December 4th @ 6pm CST

Where: Crowe Horwath, One Mid America Plaza, Suite 700, Oak Brook Terrace, IL

Cost: Absolutely Nothing!


6:00p: Food and soft drinks

6:30pm - 9pm: Presentations

Please register in advance so building security can let you in with your ID:

Abstracts & Bios:

Presentation 1: Building an AppSec Program by Chris Pfoutz

Pen testing being the sexy part of Infosec, the first thing most companies want to do when starting an application security program is to scan everything. Unfortunately, learning from experience, this rarely leads to good results. Using my experience in building an application security program and the best practices used by other companies, I’ll show you how to start an effective application security program in your organization. This will include laying the groundwork to ensure proper coverage, using your resources effectively and ensuring proper follow through on remediation activities.

Chris Pfoutz has 10 years of experience in a broad breadth of information security fields, including access controls, risk assessments and spending the last three years focused in his passion, software security. He’s been employed or consulted for some of the largest financial services companies in the world and is currently working internally on the Global Application Security team for Deloitte, Touche, Tomatsu Ltd. Chris is certified as a CISSP and GIAC Certified Web Application Pen Tester by the SANS Institute.

Chris's presentation is available here: here.

Presentation 2: It Takes a Village to Secure our Network by Ben Ten

Abstract: With the myriad of tools that are available for purchase, our networks still seem to be desperately unprotected. In this talk I will show you how a community driven Windows based framework that uses Powershell will provide the potential for increased security, easier system maintenance, and will expand our ability to react to threats quickly. The best part is that its completely open sourced. Our security posture will be strengthened when its community driven.

Previous Meetings

October 2013 Inaugural Meeting:

What: An unbiased, practical, cost-effective gathering to discuss application security.

When:  Thursday, October 10 @ 6pm CDT

Where: Zurich Insurance, South Tower, 1400 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL

Repsheet: A Behavior Based Approach to Web Application Security

Traditional static approaches to web application security are failing us. The interaction before, during, and after authentication is largely ignored. We don't ask the right questions of actors attempting to access our web applications. How sure are you that the act or accessing your site is who they say they are?  How sure are you that you want them accessing your site at all?  Join Aaron as he walks you through asking the questions you should be asking of your users, and how to help prevent abuse, fraud,and otherwise unwanted activity on your web applications. You will learn how to ask the right questions without disrupting user experience.

Aaron Bedra is the Application Security Lead at Braintree Payments. He is the co-author of Programming Clojure, 2nd Edition as well as a frequent contributor to the Clojure language. Aaron is the creator of Repsheet, a reputation based intelligence and security tool for web applications.