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OWASP Newcastle

Welcome to the Newcastle chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are Connor Carr, Robin Fewster and Mike Goodwin


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After a longer than expected gap, i'm please to announce we are back with a great line up! As usual, pizza will be provided and entry is free.

First up we have Andrew Pannell "50 Million downloads and all I got was malware"

  • How is it a free Android application that has been downloaded more times than WhatsApp can turn your phone into malware, sending your private data to China and inserting adverts? I’ll be discussing my journey of researching mobile malware and how you can too

Followed by Colin Watson "Security Requirements Identification using the OWASP Cornucopia Card Game" (presentation and how to play video)

  • OWASP Cornucopia is a free open-source card game, referenced by a PCI DSS information supplement, that helps derive application security requirements during the software development life cycle. This session will use an example eCommerce application to demonstrate how to utilise the card game. After an introduction and explanation, we will split into smaller groups to play the game gaining insights into relevant web application threats. The game is best played in groups of 4-6 with people who have a good knowledge of the application being assessed, and who have a mixture of backgrounds/experience - architects, developers, product owners, project managers, testers, etc, and those with software security responsibilities. Bring your colleagues along. Cornucopia is suitable for people aged 10 to 110 (decimal).


Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)


The Auditorium - Bunker Coffee and Kitchen 9-11 Carliol Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 6UF


Free, but please register so we know approximate numbers.


There will be places for unregistered people too - just turn up.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST), The Auditorium - Bunker Coffee and Kitchen 9-11 Carliol Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 6UF

Keep updated and in touch using the chapter mailing list and/or Twitter @OWASP_Newcastle

2015 Dates

24/11/2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at Northumbria University Ellison Building EBA002

The long talk by Ben Lee and Ross Dargan:

The problems with proving identity.

In this talk Ross (@rossdargan) and Ben (@bibbleq) will discuss the conundrum of proving (and more importantly verifying!) identity online. While both of these tasks might seem simple at first, they really aren't. This is a problem that people have grappled with since the beginning of communications (okay so not the online part!) and we still don't have all the answers.

The talk will cover among other things; Twitter, wax seals (!), hashing, certificates and much more…*

(*Talk may not be historically accurate! ;))

Media: OWASPNewcastle_the_problem_with_proving_identity.pptx

The short talks:

Colin Watson - Think about the Top 10 Controls, not the Top 10 Risks

The OWASP Top 10 is the most well-known OWASP project, but how can awareness of OWASP guidance for developers be improved? In this presentation Colin Watson will describe a board game that encourages developers to think and learn about the most important web application security controls, rather than risks or vulnerabilities.

Take a copy of the game away with you - it is suitable for developers of all sizes.

Media: Owaspnewcastle-snakesandladders.pptx

Michael Haselhurst - Automated Security Testing Using The ZAP API

This talk will show you how to integrate the OWASP ZAP API with automated test scripts using Sahi.

Media: OWASPNewcastle_automated_security_testing_using_ZAP_API.pptx

Mike Goodwin - Real world defence in depth (part 1)

Everyone should be aiming for defence in depth, but what does it actually mean to an application developer? This is the first of a series of short talks about real world scenarios where defence in depth is genuinely useful and easily achievable. It should help you turn defence in depth from an aspiration into practical reality.

Media: Owaspnewcastle-real_world_defence_in_depth.pptx

29/09/2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at Northumbria University Ellison Building EBA002

We changed the format for this meeting and has 3 short talks (approx 20 mins) and then one long one (60 mins).


28/07/2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at Northumbria University Ellison Building EBA102B.


  • Andrew Waite: Honeypots; from research to the Enterprise.

Media: OWASP_Honeypots.odp

  • George Chlapoutakis: Security in the World of Containerisation.

Media: OWASP_Security_Containerisation.ppt

29/05/2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at Northumbria University Ellison Building EBA102B.


  • Robin Fewster: An introduction to basic application penetration testing.

An introduction to penetration testing, using several OWASP projects as well as other open source and free programs. Media: An_introduction_to_penetration_testing.pptx

  • Neil Dixley: The Elevation of Privilege Threat Modelling Tool.

An introduction to threat modelling and using the 'Elevation of Privilege' card game to facilitate and improve team threat modelling exercises. Media: Threat_Modeling_Presentation.pptx

24/03/2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at Northumbria University Ellison Building EBA002.


  • Neil Dixley: Cognitive Bias and Security Vulnerabilities: The psychology of software engineering. An introduction to the psychology of cognitive bias and how human nature and cognitive biases are the key to user based security vulnerabilities. A look at how our brains trick us into feeling safe while giving our pin number to strangers on the phone plus a look at how we can use technology to disrupt cognitive bias and use these human traits to mitigate threats and strengthen application security. Media:Cognitive_Bias_and_Security_Vulnerabilities__Presentation.pptx
  • Andy Ward: Security Compliance for Developers - Are we Certified... or Certifiable?. Against a background of increasing threats and hacks, with more and more of our personal lives and business processes conducted online, it's never been more important to ensure our software is secure and robust. But how do you prove it? These days, reassuring your customers takes more than an SSL padlock, and some marketing spiel mentioning 'banking grade encryption'! After a quick reminder of "what's the worst that can happen...", Andy will introduce some of the security Compliance and Certification systems that help you 'walk the walk', and provide confidence that your system has its security in good hands, before looking at what it means for developers and engineering teams. Media: OWASP_Compliance_for_Devs.pptx

The chapter leaders are:

Once the group is up and running we will be looking for more leaders.

The Newcastle chapter is very grateful to Sage (platinum sponsor) for its generous support.


Chapter sponsorship helps pay for venue hire, pizzas, speaker travel expenses, pizzas, giveaway swag for meetings and pizzas. Also, a proportion of the sponsorship goes to support the OWASP global mission. If you would like to sponsor the chapter, please contact one of the chapter leaders. The corporate sponsorship costs are:

  • Platinum sponsor (£1200)
  • Gold sponsor (£600)
  • Silver sponsor (£300)

Any other donation is also gratefully received.

Other related organisations in the Newcastle area:

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

And feel free to use the Newcastle mailing list to publicise related events (this list is moderated).