Front Range OWASP Conference 2013

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Welcome to SnowFROC 2013 - the 5th Annual Front Range OWASP Security Conference

After successful FROC's in June of 2008, March of 2009, 2010 and 2012 we are back in Denver, Colorado USA on March 28-29, 2013. Primary conference proceedings will be held on Thursday with informal "Birds of a Feather" sessions on Friday morning (half-day). We're also trying to arrange discounted skiing for those looking to break free on Friday for the weekend.

The conference is a full day, multi-track event, which will provide valuable information for managers and executives as well as developers and engineers. Tracks are still being finalized but will include:

  • Cloud Security - focused on how cloud hosting changes the security model and implementation of security controls
  • Web App Security Management - focused on the manager's view of web application security with a special focus on scope, boundaries, responsibilities, and legal considerations
  • Deep Dive Technical - focused on hard technical problems like encryption across an n-tiered web application stack, auditing web app mashups, and HTML 5 security concerns
  • Web Application Security Testing - focused on testing web apps, especially large and complex enterprise apps
  • Legal Aspects of Web App Security - focused on liability considerations and other concerns of particular interest to managers, executives, and counsel (will be awarded CLE credit)

While the tracks are ongoing we'll also have a capture the flag (CTF) competition underway featuring homegrown hacking challenges.

In 2012, we attracted a packed venue with our great AppSec speakers, and we hope to achieve the same again in 2013.


Conference Committee

Conference Lead: Micah Tapman, Kathy Thaxton (alternate), Mark Major (alternate)
Sponsorship Coordinator: Micah Tapman (acting)
CTF Lead: Mark Major


Pesentation Selection Committee

TBD


Colorado Chapter Hosts

Steve Kosten, OWASP Denver chapter
Mark Major, OWASP Boulder chapter


Call for Presentations

Conference organizers are actively seeking presentations relating to the following topics. Please forward this site to all interested practitioners and colleagues.


Tracks and topics

The following topics will be prioritized during the selection process.

High-level technical track

  • Cloud security
    • How cloud hosting changes the security model
    • Implementation of security controls
  • Web application security testing, especially targeting large and complex enterprise applications
  • OWASP tools and projects
    • New and proposed projects
    • Development and status of existing projects

Deep-dive technical track

  • Encryption across an n-tiered web application stack
  • Auditing web application mash-ups
  • Technology-specific presentations (HTML5, AJAX, etc.)
  • Secure coding for web applications
  • Static code analysis
  • Hands-on countermeasures

Management track

  • Web application security management: focused on a managerial view of web application security with a special focus on scope, boundaries, responsibilities, and legal considerations
  • Emerging threats
  • Planning and managing secure software development lifecycles
  • Metrics for application security
  • Business risks associated with application security

Legal track

  • Liability considerations related to web application security
  • Data ownership and privacy within the cloud
  • Cybersecurity legislation


Submission process

One abstract must be submitted for each presentation considered. Abstracts must be written in English, should not exceed 300 words, and should be uploaded here.

Abstract format
The website above will automatically create and format abstracts based on submitted information. However, uploading existing abstract documents is permitted provided the following requirements are met:

  • Only Microsoft Word documents, PDFs, rich-text format documents, and text files will be reviewed.
  • Author names, affiliations, email addresses, and other personally-identifiable information must be stripped from the uploaded document.
  • All presentations must be titled. Titles should appear at the top of the page.
  • The overview of the proposed presentation should not exceed 300 words.


Evaluation process

Submitted abstracts will be assessed by selected members of the Colorado OWASP chapters. All reviews will be blind and reviewers will not have visibility to author information. The following criteria will determine abstract rankings:

  • Applicability to the requested topics
  • Applicability to the conference theme
  • OWASP relevance
  • Industry relevance (web application development and operations, general cybersecurity, etc.)
  • Timeliness of submission
  • Strength of presentation (as determined by the review committee)


Dates and deadlines

Abstract collection will occur between January 5th through February 10th, 2013. Initial presentation selections will be announced by February 17th, and a continuing collection may occur as needed until all tracks are filled.

Final presentations of accepted abstracts must be submitted for review by March 14th, 2013. All presentations will be delivered during conference proceedings on March 28th, 2013.


Legalities

All speakers must agree with and abide by the OWASP Speaker Agreement v2.0.

Anyone who cannot or will not abide by these terms will not be permitted to present at the conference.

In addition, presenters must agree to allow use of abstract titles, text, and speaker names and bios for conference promotion. With speaker consent, presentation materials will be distributed to conference attendees and will be archived for future reference. With speaker consent, presentations will be recorded and archived.


SnowFROC 2013 registration will be available by January 21st.

Please check back later for details.


Conference Location

Due to conference expansion, SnowFROC is moving to the Denver Marriott City Center in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado.

OWASP negotiated preferred room rates at the Marriott. See the Hotel tab for additional details.

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Track Schedule

This schedule is subject to frequently changes as the conference draws nearer.

Day 1: Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Cloud Security: Room 1 Technical Deep-Dive: Room 2 Management: Room 3 Legal Aspects: Room 4 Testing: Room 5
07:00-08:45 Registration
Executive Breakfast provided by BREAKFAST SPONSOR (08:00 - 09:00)
08:45-09:00 Introductions
Presenters: Steve Kosten, Mark Major
Slides
09:00-09:45 Keynote1
Presenters: Presenter_Bio Presenter 1, Presenter_Bio Presenter 2
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09:45-10:15 Room arrangement
Sponsor Expo
CTF Kick-off Presenters: Mark Major
10:15-11:00 Cloud Preso 1
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Deep-dive Preso 1
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Management Preso 1
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Legal Preso 1
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Testing Preso 1
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11:10-11:55 Cloud Preso 2
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Testing Preso 2
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12:05-12:50 Sponsor Expo
LUNCH - Provided by LUNCH SPONSOR
13:00-13:45 Cloud Preso 3
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13:55-14:40 Cloud Preso 4
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14:50-15:35 Cloud Preso 4
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15:35-16:05 Room arrangement
Sponsor Expo Raffles?
16:05-16:50 Panel discussion: Topic of interest
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16:50-17:00 Wrap up Presenters: User:Micah_Tapman:Micah Tapman
Sponsor raffles
18:30-21:00+ AppliedTrust after-party at WHEREVER
CTF awards ceremony (19:30)


Day 2: Friday, March 29th, 2013
Technical Management Capture the Flag
08:45-09:15 Coffee bar provided by COFFEE SPONSOR (08:45 - 10:15)
09:15-10:00 Birds of a Feather: Session 1 Birds of a Feather: Session 1 Postmortem
10:15-11:00 Birds of a Feather: Session 2 Birds of a Feather: Session 2 FLOSSHack: CTF VM
11:15-12:00 Birds of a Feather: Session 3 Birds of a Feather: Session 3 FLOSSHack: Scoreboard
12:15-13:00 Birds of a Feather: Session 4 Birds of a Feather: Session 4 FLOSSHack: Next steps


Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring the Front Range OWASP Conference, please contact Micah Tapman at micah at aerstone dot com.


CPE and CLE credits

Much of the SnowFROC content is eligible for continuing professional education (CPE) or continuing legal education (CLE) credits. Please check with your institution regarding specific requirements.


CPE credits

The CISM CPE policy (www.isaca.org/cismcpepolicy) states:

One continuing professional education hour is earned for each fifty minutes of active participation (excluding lunches and breaks) in a professional educational activity. Continuing professional education hours are only earned in full-hour increments and rounding must be down. For example, a CISA who attends an eight-hour presentation (480 minutes) with 90 minutes of breaks will earn seven (7) continuing professional education hours.

Activities that qualify for CPE must be directly applicable to the management, design or assessment of an enterprise's information security as per the CISM job practice"


CLE credits

Conference organizers are actively pursuing certified seminar accreditation from the Colorado Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education. For additional information regarding CPEs and Rule 260 please visit the Colorado Supreme Court's CLE page.


Denver Marriott City Center

The Denver Marriott City Center is extending a discounted room rate to conference attendees. This rate applies between March 25th through April 1st, 2013. Please reference SnowFROC when reserving your room.

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Room block info

Information coming soon.


Local ground and air transportation

Information coming soon.


Denver Attractions

The Marriott is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado and is walking distance or a short cab ride from many downtown attractions.


Colorado Attractions

Out-of-town visitors may be interested in staying for the weekend to enjoy all Colorado has to offer, including:


Skiing

The SnowFROC staff is pursuing a chartered bus and negotiated discounts for premier ski resorts and lift tickets. Check back soon for details!


2013 presentations

Presentation materials will be made available upon the conclusion of SnowFROC2013.


Previous conferences

2012 presentations are available here.