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Full Day, information security summit happening in New Jersey on October 25th. At this all day event, learn from industry experts on topics of information security. There is no charge for this event however YOU MUST RSVP if you are not on the RSVP list or have Photo ID, Verizon Security will NOT PERMIT YOU IN THE BUILDING.


COSPONSORS: McAfee --- Intrepidus Group --- AccessIT Group --- Symantec --- Mandiant --- WhiteHat --- Cenzic --- Net2S --- Fortify

Meeting Address: 295 N Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 ~ Directions October 25th 8:30am-5:00pm


8:30am - 9:00am - Security Check-In / Breakfast / TechExpo / Peer-to-Peer Networking ;)


9:00am - 09:30am - What is OWASP? Speakers: Board Members OWASP NYC Metro


09:30am - 10:00am - Keynote Speaker: Phil Varughese, Verizon Wireless

Philip, Manager of Network Security Risk Management with Verizon Wireless has a leadership role in shaping particular facets of the Network Department Information Security program. Co developed and implemented an operational and effective Risk Management Program and integrated security engineering into the development lifecycle for projects and products. He is responsible for the strategic direction of risk management, vulnerability management and all tactical security issues.

Philip is a subject matter expert in Information Security and technical risk management. During his career, he has worked with several Fortune 500 firms. He has worked in the telecommunication, transportation, pharmaceutical, financial and consulting sector. He also holds many industry certifications like, CISSP, CISM, CISA, GSEC and SCCP


10:30am - 11:30am - TOPIC: Ready...Set...Click We can no longer think about consumer interaction and security as two different topics on opposite ends of the spectrum. They're two very important and very inter-related topics that affect everyone. The speech will describe real world flaws, poorly designed security and what hackers are doing to exploit today's websites. Lastly, it will show some forward thinking mitigation tactics.

SPEAKER: Robert "RSnake" Hansen Robert has worked in the security industry since the mid 1990s and helped pioneer leading banner advertising and click fraud detection solutions. During his tenure at eBay, Mr. Hansen worked on anti-cross site scripting, anti-phishing, anti-virus and web application intrusion detection and countermeasures and was directly responsible for the company's entire authentication architecture. For many years he ran the managed security services product lines for Cable & Wireless. He has spoken at Blackhat, Microsoft's Bluehat, the Rotary, OWASP, the Gartner security round table and at Networld+Interop. He is a member of WASC, OWASP, ISC2, APWG and ISSA.


11:45 - 12:15pm - TOPIC: Dig Your Own Hole: 12 Ways to Go Wrong with Java Security This session explores 12 of the most common security traps in Java. This session doesn’t include a review of 10–year–old guidelines for writing secure applets with JDK 1.1. Instead, it looks at causes of security failures in modern Java–based applications. Approaching security with an “outside in” style, it looks at vulnerabilities from a developer’s perspective, focusing on the source code.

SPEAKER: Eric Cabetas


12:15pm - 1:00pm LUNCH / Peer-to-Peer Networking / RAFFLES


1:00pm - 1:30pm TOPIC: Network Based Infection Detection No system is 100% secure and security often fails. As a result roughly 10% of hosts within an enterprise get infected every year. Infections are caused by vulnerabilities in applications, policy violations by insiders and misconfigured services. Worms and viruses are not the only form of infections. Botnets, Proxies, Trojans, Keyloggers, Adware, Rootkits can be far more damaging. Even applications like Google Desktop, Skype and Foldershare can leak business secrets and hence be viewed as infections. Infected hosts within a network pose a serious risk to business assets. Detecting infections and cleaning up after them costs an organization a big part of its IT budget as detection, containment and eradication procedures are mostly manual and labor intensive.

In this talk we describe a network based infection detection system developed at Polytechnic University. The system collects and synopsizes network traffic with strategically placed infection sensors in the network. It then analyzes network traffic for symptoms of infections to identify infected hosts. Once an infection is found and characterized, it retroactively detects similar infections which could have occurred weeks and months in the past but have not been detected yet. Finally, it provides solutions for cleanup including containment and eradication in a simple, efficient and economical manner.

SPEAKER: Professor Nasir Memon Department of Computer and Information Science of Polytechnic Univ. His research interests include Data Compression, Computer and Network Security, Multimedia Communication and Digital Forensics. He has published more than 200 articles in journals and conference proceedings on these topics. He was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, the Journal of Electronic Imaging, and the ACM Multimedia Systems Journal. He is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics, the LNCS Transaction on Data Hiding, IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and the International Journal on Network Security.


1:45pm - 2:15pm TOPIC: Mobile Phone Security: Past, Present, and Future Mobile devices security has evolved from the need to prevent basic cloning to now dealing with securing transaction services, preventing corporate back door access, and minimizing spam. We will walk through the history of recent mobile device security, discuss current security concerns in the mobile space, and then follow where these trends will likely lead the mobile security front. The presentation will also cover what common web application security skills can be useful in mobile application assessments.

SPEAKER: Corey Benninger, CISSP He has performed security assessments of several modern mobile transaction applications and their components. Corey was previously a Senior Security Consultant with Foundstone, a division of McAfee, where he conducted numerous web application assessments for leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. He has spoken on security topics at BlackHat, Infragard, and local security conferences along with publishing security related whitepapers on topics like AJAX storage and web browser caching.


2:30pm - 3:00 TOPIC: VOIP - Can you hear me now? The presentation will disclose new attacks and weaknesses associated with protocols that are used to establish and protect VoIP communications. In addition, a newer "unpublished" version of the SIVuS tool will be demoed.

SPEAKER: Peter Thermos

Peter Thermos has over a decade of experience in consulting and research in several areas of Information Security and Assurance and has held senior technical and management positions with telecommunications companies in research and consulting.

Peter has been the lead technical expert on various tasks (for commercial and government organizations) associated with information security and assurance including security risk assessments, standards and requirements development, ISO 17799 assessments, network security architecture and organizational security strategy. He is the author of SIVuS (The 1st VoIP vulnerability Scanner) and has published articles and refereed research papers on VoIP Security. Peter holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, NY and he is an active member of IETF/IEEE/ACM.


3:15 - 3:45pm TOPIC: Cutting Edge Application Analysis This presentation will focus on black box and white box methods of testing web applications. We will do a deep dive into source code analysis techniques that could be used in different testing scenarios to identify security weak points.

SPEAKER: Frank Gardner extensive experience in UNIX kernel development, exploit code design, protocol analysis, web application security, and cryptography

Previous projects have included the development of B1 Trusted Operating Systems extensions for Linux 2.2 and 2.4 kernels, Protected Mode OS (IA32) development, ARP promiscuous node detection, and Protocol Fuzzing tools


4:00 - 4:30pm TOPIC: Web Application Threats This talk will demostrate application security falws (hehe) commonly found in web applications and the reasons for them. SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting and more as outlined in the OWASP-Top 10

SPEAKER: Dennis Hurst


4:45 - 5:15pm TOPIC: BS7799/ISO17799/ISO27001 What is it?... Why do you care?... Why is it failing? Brief overview of ISO27001 will be provided, along with a presentation on its key features and purpose. Real world examples of how ISO27001 audits are conducted and approaches used by auditors will be discussed. Finally the real impact of ISO27001 and how it can be improved will be presented

SPEAKER: Mahi Dontamsetti

Mahi has extensive experience in security, software development, risk management and telecommunications. He has worked on projects involving the Pentagon and Dept. of Homeland Security. A former Chief Technologist at Lockheed, he has authored couple of books on telecommunications. He was part of a team that developed the world's first combined cellular switch and radio controller. Most recently he has been involved in making information security more measurable and has brought a metrics based Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard to the market.


To submit educational topic for upcoming meeting please provide submit your powerpoint using the OWASP Template and include a speaker BIO. If you wish to become a sponsor or co-sponsor please click on one of the below email addresses of our active board members.

NY/NJ OWASP Chapter Leaders

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NY/NJ Metro OWASP 759 Bloomfield Ave #172 West Caldwell, New Jersey 07006