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Welcome to the European OWASP Application Security Conference! After successful OWASP Conferences in the United States and Europe, we are back in Belgium: 5 tutorials and 2 conference tracks in the historic center of Ghent on May 19-22 2008!

The conference is stuffed with top notch presentations from industry recognised speakers and technical experts on the latest application security risks and trends. New for AppSec Europe: technical vendor demos and a Capture the Flag!

Conference Location


The historic center of Ghent, Belgium May 19th-22nd.

Tutorial Days: May 19th-20th

Main Conference: May 21st-22nd

Registration is available via the OWASP Conference Cvent site at: Cvent link

If you are registering as a Speaker or Sponsor, please use the following link: Cvent link for speakers/sponsors

Agenda and Presentations - May 21-22

The agenda follows the successful OWASP conference two tracks format, with opening keynotes and presentations in the main auditorium, split tracks in the middle of the day, and closing pannel discussions back in the main auditorium both days. As in the previous editions, the OWASP AppSec Europe 2008 conference will feature a refereed papers track.

Day 1 - May 21, 2008
Track 1: Track 2:
08:00-09:00 Registration and Coffee
09:00-09:05 Welcome to OWASP AppSec 2008 Conference

Sebastien Deleersnyder

09:05-09:45 Keynote: The Great Information Security Scrap Yard Challenge

Mark Curphey, Microsoft

09:45-10:20 Owasp State of the Union

Dinis Cruz

10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-11:20 Fundamental Application Security Building Blocks - The Benefits of Establishing an Enterprise Security API (ESAPI) for Your Organization

Dave Wichers, Aspect Security

Trends in Web Hacking Incidents: What's hot for 2008

Ofer Shezaf, Breach

11:20-12:00 Evaluation Criteria for Web Application Firewalls

Ivan Ristic, Breach

HTML5 security

Thomas Roessler

12:00-12:30 The OWASP Orizon Project internals

Paolo Perego

Remo presentation (Positive ModSecurity rulesets / Input validation)

Christian Folini

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:40 Best Practices Guide: Web Application Firewalls (OWASP German chapter)

Alexander Meisel

Google-Hacking and Google-Shielding

Amichai Shulman

14:40-15:20 NTLM Relay Attacks

Eric Rachner

PHPIDS Monitoring attack surface activity

Mario Heiderich

15:20-15:50 Agile Security - Breaking the Waterfall Mindset of the Security Industry

Dave Wichers, Aspect Security

Security framework is not in the code

Sam Reghenzi

15:50-16:10 Break
16:10-17:00 Exploiting Online Games

Gary McGraw, Cigital

SHIELDS: metrics, tools and Internet services to improve security in application developments

Eva Coscia

17:00-18:00 Panel: “tbd”

Moderator:tbd Panelists: tbd

18:00-19:00 OWASP Leader Meeting - Organized by Matteo Meucci
19:00-21:00 OWASP Social Gathering: Dinner and Drinks at the Monasterium
Day 2 - May 22, 2008
Track 1: Track 2:
08:00-09:00 Coffee
09:00-9:40 Keynote: Software Security: State of the Practice 2008

Gary McGraw, Cigital

9:40-10:20 Tour of OWASP projects

Dinis Cruz (Chief OWASP Evangelist), Dave Wichers (OWASP Board), Michael Eddington (OWASP Encoding Project, .NET Web Service Validation Project) and Mark Roxberry (OWASP .NET Project)

10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-11:20 Graph Analysis for WebApps: From Nodes to Edges

Simon Roses Femerling, Microsoft

The OWASP Education Project

Martin Knobloch

11:20-12:00 Dynamic Taint Propagation: Finding Vulnerabilities Without Attacking

Brian Chess, Fortify

Threat Modeling for Application Designers & Architects

Shay Zalalichin


Scanstud: Evaluating static analysis tools

Martin Johns, Moritz Jodeit, Wolfgang Koeppl, Martin Wimmer

Office 2.0: Software as a Service, Security on the Sidelines?

John Heasman, NGSSoftware

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:40 How Data Privacy affects Applications and Databases

Dirk De Maeyer

Refereed papers track
14:40-15:20 The OWASP Anti-Samy project

Jason Li, Aspect Security

Refereed papers track
15:20-15:50 Input validation: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Johan Peeters

Refereed papers track
15:50-16:10 Break
16:10-17:00 Client-side security


Refereed papers track
17:00-18:00 Panel: Responsible "tbd"

Moderator: tbd

Panelists: tbd

Panel: "tbd"

Moderator: tbd Panelists: tbd

18:00-18:10 Conference Wrap Up - Dave Wichers, OWASP Conferences Chair

Venue: Aula, Ghent University, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent Google Maps Link

Registration is available via the OWASP Conference Cvent site at: Cvent link

Tutorial Days - May 19-20

OWASP arranged for several Application Security tutorials on May 19th-20th, the days prior to the conference.

T1. Building and Testing Secure Web Applications
Most developers, IT professionals, and auditors learn what they know about application security on the job, usually by making mistakes. Application security is just not a part of many computer science curricula today and most organizations have not focused on instituting a culture that includes application security as a core part of their IT security efforts. This powerful two day course focuses on the most common web application security problems, including the OWASP Top Ten. The course will introduce and demonstrate hacking techniques, illustrating how application vulnerabilities can be exploited so students really understand how to avoid introducing such vulnerabilities into their code.

Trainer: Jason Li, Aspect Security - Read more here!

T2. Leading the Development of Secure Applications
In this one-day management session you’ll get the answers to the ten key questions that most CIOs and development managers face when trying to improve security in the development process. The course provides proven techniques and valuable lessons learned that can be applied to projects at any phase of their application’s lifecycle.

Trainer: Arshan Dabirsiaghi, Aspect Security - Read more here!

T3. Building Secure Rich Internet Applications
Rich Internet applications using technologies like Ajax, Flash, ActiveX, and Java Applets require special attention to secure. This one day training addresses the special issues that arise in this type of application development.

Trainer: Arshan Dabirsiaghi, Aspect Security - Read more here!

T4. Building Secure Web Services
The movement towards Web Services and Service Oriented architecture (SOA) paradigms requires new security paradigms to deal with new risks posed by these architectures. This session takes a pragmatic approach towards identifying Web Services security risks and selecting and applying countermeasures to the application, code, web servers, databases, application, and identity servers and related software. Many enterprises are currently developing new Web Services and/or adding and acquiring Web Services functionality into existing applications -- now is the time to build security into the system!

Trainer: Dave Wichers, Aspect Security - Read more here!

T5. Open Source ModSecurity Training
ModSecurity is currently the most widely deployed web application firewall (WAF) product. This two-day class is for those people who want to learn how to build, deploy, and use ModSecurity in the most effective manner. The course will cover the open source ModSecurity Console, which helps manage alerts on suspicious web activity targeting your web servers. The course also provides an in-depth look at the extremely powerful ModSecurity Rules Language.

Trainer: Ryan Barnett, Breach - Read more here!

More information about the tutorials are online.

Venue: Monasterium PoortAckere, Oude Houtlei 56, 9000 Gent http://www.monasterium.be/

Evening Social Event - May 21

At every conference we have an evening social event the first night. This allows participants to have some unstructured time to mingle with the other attendees. They are always fun and typically attract about half the conference attendees. This year's event will be a Flemish buffet with special Belgian beers at the Monasterium (near the conference location).

Registration is available via the OWASP Conference Cvent site at: Cvent link


  • OWASP arranged for a room block of 20 Executive Deluxe rooms at the NH Gent Belfort at a rate of €199 per night. This room block is being held through April 11!! After that date, there is no guarantee that rooms at this rate will be available at the NH Gent Belfort.
  • OWASP attendees have an option for 20 rooms at € 122 and 10 rooms at € 132 per night at the Hotel Monasterium PoortAckere up until April 30. Use OWASP as reference when booking your room. Please note that there are no more rooms for the night of May 22.
  • OWASP arranged for a room block of 25 rooms at the IBIS hotels. You can already contact them on Hotel Ibis Gent Centrum Opera (€ 89 per night - 10 rooms) and Hotel Ibis Gent Centrum Kathedraal (€ 99 per night - 15 rooms of which 3 still available for the 22nd) - reservations through e-mail: H0961-RE at accor.com or fax: 0032/9 233 10 00 (before April 19 - reference OWASP).

It is difficult getting rooms at reduced prices, as there is a medical congress around the same time in Ghent. You will find it difficult to get a room for the night of May 22. We recommend you then book a room for one night near the airport of Brussels.

The following is a list of nearby accommodations that may have availability:

Registration and Conference Fees

Registration is available via the OWASP Conference Cvent site at: Cvent link

The conference fee for this conference is :

  • Standard: 350 Euros, OWASP Members: 300 Euros, Students: 225 Euros.
  • Conference Dinner (Evening of May 21st): 50 Euros
  • Conference Tutorials: 825 Euros, Student Fee: 430 Euros
  • CONFidence Poland 2008 members get a € 35 reduction on OWASP (see OWASP On a Plane below).
  • ISSA, ISACA and L-SEC Members get a € 35 reduction.

Note: To save on processing expenses, all fees paid for the OWASP conference are non-refundable. OWASP can accomodate transfers of registrations from one person to another, if such an adjustment becomes necessary.

OWASP on a Plane - CONFidence 2008

This year's CONFidence 2008 will take place on 16-17.05.2008 in Cracow (Poland). They have decided to spend Saturday morning talking about OWASP-related projects. No more excuses: you can attend 2 OWASP events in a row in Europe!

Conference Committee

OWASP Conferences Chair: Dave Wichers - Aspect Security - dave.wichers 'at' owasp.org

2008 EU Planning Committee Chair: Sebastien Deleersnyder - Telindus - seba 'at' owasp.org

Vendor Exhibition Chair: Pravir Chandra - Cigital - chandra 'at' cigital.com

Capture the Flag Chair: Pieter Danhieux - Ernst & Young - pieter.danhieux 'at' be.ey.com

Refereed Papers Chair: Lieven Desmet - KU Leuven - Lieven.Desmet 'at' cs.kuleuven.ac.be

Affiliated Partners

We are glad to have the local support of:

  • ISSA
  • L-SEC

Conference Sponsors

The following organizations are sponsors for this conference. If you are interested in sponsoring an OWASP conference, please contact OWASP at: conferences 'at' owasp.org.

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More information about conference sponsorship is available here.