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OWASP Newcastle

Welcome to the Newcastle chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are Connor Carr and Mike Goodwin
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The next meeting will take place on 24/11/2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at Northumbria University Ellison Building EBA002.

Talks TBC

The next event will be run on 24/11/2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at Northumbria University Ellison Building EBA002.

Speakers TBC.

2015 Dates

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:

  • (ISC)2 North East Chapter - for information, contact the chapter secretary, Robin Fewster, the chapter president Ken Walls, the chapter membership officer Scott Wakeling or the chapter treasurer Gordon Leishman. Their next meeting is on 22nd September at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AZ

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

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