Revision as of 07:38, 1 May 2010 by Dnester (talk | contribs) (Revisiting Application Security Controls - May 12, 2010)

Jump to: navigation, search

OWASP Houston

Welcome to the Houston chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are Mark Feferman, Paul Dial, Linda Fox and David Nester
Click here to join the local chapter mailing list.


OWASP Foundation (Overview Slides) is a professional association of global members and is open to anyone interested in learning more about software security. Local chapters are run independently and guided by the Chapter_Leader_Handbook. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional association your support and sponsorship of any meeting venue and/or refreshments is tax-deductible. Financial contributions should only be made online using the authorized online chapter donation button. To be a SPEAKER at ANY OWASP Chapter in the world simply review the speaker agreement and then contact the local chapter leader with details of what OWASP PROJECT, independent research or related software security topic you would like to present on.


Btn donate SM.gif to this chapter or become a local chapter supporter.

Or consider the value of Individual, Corporate, or Academic Supporter membership. Ready to become a member? Join Now BlueIcon.JPG

Local News

The Houston Chapter will focus around Web Application Security issues with discussions on application layer vulnerabilties, penetration testing, and secure coding practices within the numerous development languages. Our chapter will meet on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month and participation in OWASP Houston is free and open to all.

Please subscribe to the mailing list for meeting announcements. Our chapter's meetings are informal and encourage open discussion of all aspects of application security. Anyone in our area interested in web application security is welcome to attend. We encourage attendees to give short presentations about specific topics. If you would like to make a presentation, or have any questions about the Houston Chapter, send an email to David Nester.


Chapter Meetings

Revisiting Application Security Controls - May 12, 2010

The application security domain has existed for quite a while now; however we are still struggling to fill in the fundamental security gaps in the software implementations. Take for example: we spend enormous effort and time to enforce basic input/output validations so to fortify the applications' security. The area that we need to focus on is to educate and train the developers to integrate security controls in the development phase of an application, rather than developing the application with the traditional methods and then testing & patching the application. If we integrate the security controls in the first place, it would drastically reduce cost, effort and time. The presentation by Gunwant Singh will shed light on the basic controls that developers can incorporate into the applications for a better security posture. Also, he will elucidate on how and where exactly one can use input/output validations appropriately in web applications.

Gunwant Singh is currently working with SAIC India Private Limited as Information Security Analyst II. At SAIC, he is working for a Fortune 100 MNC to audit their web applications and servers for its global application security group. Prior to SAIC, he worked as a freelancer providing services to a number of firms. He has done extensive research on Honeypots and collated enormous data on web servers like IIS, Apache and Zeus. As a security consultant he has spoken at National Informatics Center, India and audited a number of government web applications for them. He is actively engaged in OWASP Delhi Chapter and has hosted several training sessions and presentations for them.

Date, Time and Location:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 6 PM to 8 PM

Houston Community College (HCC)
1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North
Spring Branch Campus Commons
Houston, TX 77043

Important Notes:

  • Directions: Physically it is Beltway 8 and I-10 -- Take the Gesner Exit of I-10 from downtown. It is next door to Murphy's Deli.

Meeting Schedule for 2010

  • May 12th
  • June 9th
  • July 14th
  • August 11th
  • September 8th
  • October 13th

Past Presentations

  • October 2009 : Customer relationship management (CRM) systems

  • August 12, 2009 : SharePoint Auditing and Penetration Testing Presentation Download
    Presentation by: Shohn Trojacek

  • May 13, 2009 (A): Securing connection strings in the Web.Config and App.Config files for .NET Presentation Download
    Presentation by: Mark Feferman, CISSP

  • May 13, 2009 (B): Stealing the Airlines Online Data Presentation Download
    Presentation by: Quincy Jackson, CISSP

  • April 8, 2009: 2009 Statistics Report and ClickJacking Presentation Download
    Presentation by David Nester, Director, Solutions Architecture, Whitehat Security.

  • August 19, 2008: Dirty Dozen - Truth and facts about PCI DSS Presentation Download
    Presentation by Genady Vishnevetsky, CISSP Director, IT Operations and Security. Paymetric, Inc

  • September 12, 2007: Fortify Software

Houston OWASP Chapter Leaders

Our chapter leaders are Mark Feferman, Linda Fox, Paul Dial and David Nester.