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OWASP Manchester

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Next Meeting

Date: Wednesday 24th August in Manchester, link to RSVP will be made available closer to the date

Location: KPMG Offices Manchester

Schedule: 18:00 for 18:20 start


OWASP Chapter introduction. OWASP values and membership. Chapter information.

OWASP Manchester board member

Talk: Title to follow

Speaker: Richard Moore, CTO Westpoint Ltd

Talk: Forensic Readiness – Give your investigators a fighting chance

Investigators are often faced with poorly configured systems which thwart the investigative process. This leads commonly leads to incident response reports with fragmented timelines of attack and leaves risk managers having to make difficult decisions based on incomplete information.

Companies that consider Forensic Readiness put their investigators in a much stronger position and can expect considerably more accurate outcomes from a forensic investigation.

This talk looks at the same web application attack, carried out on systems with differing audit controls. The first system has ‘out of the box’ logging and the second has had logging improved through a Forensic Readiness process carried out before the attack.

We approach the machines as an Incident Response Specialist would and compare the evidence stores and the ability of the investigators to make accurate conclusions based on the evidence available. We will look at the contrasting final reports which are produced with the differing levels of forensic evidence, highlighting the decisions that have to be made based on the varying level of detail provided in the reports.

Someone for whom forensic investigation of web application exploits is a new topic will gain an understanding of some of the forensic techniques possible. Whilst attendees who already have some forensic investigation knowledge will understand how forensic readiness can have a massive effect on the outcome of investigations.

Speaker: Ryan Jones, SpiderLabs Incident Response Team leader

Ryan Jones currently leads the SpiderLabs Incident Response Team in EMEA. The team commonly manages data compromises related to cardholder data but are also regularly involved in other projects such as ATM compromises and data breaches caused by internal staff. The Incident Response team also carry out proactive engagements to ensure that customers have an effective incident response plan; drawing upon extensive knowledge of how it goes wrong in real data security breaches to improve companies’ approach to Incident Response.

During Ryan’s incident response career Ryan has worked for both UK National Law enforcement and private companies. He has been involved with both criminal and corporate investigations with scope ranging from a single mobile telephone to multinational networks. For the past 4 years, Ryan has been a corporate first responder involved with a wide variety of businesses from small companies to multinationals during times when they have been struggling to react to a rapidly changing data compromise situation. Ryan firmly believes that a consultative approach coupled with the appropriate technical knowledge is key to successful incident response engagements.

Ryan graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class BSc in Computer Science. He is also a PCI QSA. In his spare time he can be found skydiving at various dropzones around the country.

1 more talk TBA: Please get in touch if you would like to speak at this event.

Everyone is welcome to join us at our chapter meetings.

Upcoming Events

August 24th 2011

November 16th 2011

Please get in touch if you would like to speak at a Manchester event - we would be delighted to hear from you.

Everyone is welcome to join us at our chapter meetings.

Past Events

Although we have yet to have our first meeting as OWASP Manchester, there have already been 2 events held in Manchester as part of the Leeds_UK chapter:

2011 Dates

22nd June

2010 Dates

8th December

Chapter Leaders

The chapter leaders are:

We are actively seeking more chapter leaders - please get in touch if you would like to become one!

Local Organisations

Other related organisations in the Manchester area:

Please get in touch with one of the chapter leaders to get your organisation listed here.

And feel free to use the Manchester mailing list to publicise related events.