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WHAT:: Introduction to OWASP and Application Security
WHERE:: Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL See Map: 
WHEN:: Thursday, February 18th, 2010 6:30-8pm
WHO:: Brian Higdon, Chairman and Founder OWASP-JAX
ABSTRACT:: Information security threats are way up, fraud losses continue to rise, regulatory fines are increasingly common, and budget dollars to solve these myriad problems are in short supply. Hampered by a sluggish economy, organizations simply cannot afford to hire all the talent they need, implement every best-practice, or buy every blinking-light widget on the market. Sacrifices are unavoidable, and still risk must be managed. Each organization must decide for itself the level of risk it is willing to accept.
There is a difference between what is possible and what is probable, something we often lose sight of in the world of information security. For example, a vulnerability represents a possible way for an attacker to exploit an asset, but remember not all vulnerabilities are created equal. Obviously, we must also keep in mind that a vulnerability's mere existence does not necessarily mean it will be exploited, or indicate by whom or to what extent. Some vulnerabilities are more difficult to exploit than others and therefore attract different attackers. Autonomous worms & viruses may attack one type of issue, while a sentient targeted attacker may prefer another path. Better understanding of these factors enables us to make informed business decisions about website risk management and what is probable.
In this presentation, Brian Higdon will discuss the OWASP organization, it's goals, how it can help your organization better secure your current application software and improve your process for developing more secure software going forward. We will also take an introductory look at application security in general and how software vulnerabilities make it easy for malicious users to attack your systems.
COST: No costs, but all donations will be accepted as it helps pay for meeting related materials and provisions. The best way to support the chapter is to become a member.