OWASP Australia AppSec 2008 Conference

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Welcome to the OWASP Australia Application Security Conference for 2008. Following on from the great success of OWASP Conferences in 2006 and 2007 in the United States and Europe, the first ever Asia Pacific & Australia Security conference will take place in February 2008. The conference will offer an opportunity for security professionals, developers, Managers to hear from industry recognised speakers on the latest critical security risks associated with application security. The conference includes a number of high quality presentations from industry speakers and business professionals with also the opportunity to network with relevant application security vendors and professionals.

Conference Details

Conference Training Day (Wednesday 27th February 2008).

Main Conference Presentations (Thursday 28th and Friday 29th February 2008).

The 2008 Conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Queensland Australia.

The Conference includes a Vendor Exhibition, Welcome Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner.

Latest News

Wow, the Conference Planing is in full swing, now. We are looking at a number of great presentations and content for the conference. Also a number of vendors have got on board and helping out with the conference.

The training agenda has been sorted, the training is targeted at a beginner or intermediate level and will show off security coding principles as well as some hacking techniques. The training is being delivered by two of the Senior Application Security Specialists in the country (both ex-developers).

More information about the final agenda online, Hurry to register as spaces are starting to fill up fast, and you can still get your early bird regitrations.

We are encouraging anyone to get involved in the project, so please simply contact the conference committee to get involved.

OWASP Conference Training: Wednesday 27th February 2008

Training Day: The Training to be offered at the Conference is a One Day course, on Application Security Testing, and coding security Techniques. This course is provides an understanding of Identify Vulnerabilities in Web Applications, how to exploit them and also techniques and methods to address the problems within the Application code. (Examples will be provided in .NET and Java).

This course will be delivered by Mr Jonathan Carter and Peter Freiberg, both are Application Security Experts within Australia and have previous development backgrounds in Microsoft .NET and Java Programming Languages.

Agenda and Presentations: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th February 2008

Call for Papers has closed. Thanks to all the submissions we received. We will be posting the agenda before XMAS.

The conference committee only require an initial 3 paragraph summary of your proposed presentation for submissions. Please submit these to the conference committee. The conference will have both a technical and business application security track.

Technology Expo

Leading vendors in the application security space will be at the conference giving technology demonstrations and providing access to their technical staff so they can answer in-depth questions and demonstrate the capabilities of their products or managed services.

The technology expo will be open during the conference in the meeting area. All attendees will be available to meet and discuss with any of the vendors during moring, lunch and afternoon breaks.

More information about conference sponsorship and participating in the technology expo is available by contacting the conference Committee.

Conference Fees

Standard: $475, OWASP Members: $425,

Membership Discounts Available:

Early Registration Discount (* Extended Now until 25th Jan 2008): $50

AISA Members: $25

Auscert Members: $25 (Select Group Special when registering)

Conference Fees are inclusive of all presentations and agenda (including the Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner)

Conference Tutorial (One Day Training):

$650 ($750 if attending tutorial only)

Early Registration Discount (* Extended Now until 25th Jan 2008): $50

Note: To save on processing expenses, all fees paid for the AppSec 2008 Conference are non-refundable. OWASP can accomodate transfers of registrations from one person to another, if such an adjustment becomes necessary. (Please note that all fees are in USD)(Conference Fees are kept to a minimum and follow the US/UK Conference Pricing)

When selecting Group Membership discounts when registering, you will be asked upon the conference day to show your membership details to the conference registration desk.


Registration is now open!! Here is the registration page.

Conference Accomodation & Hotel Registration

OWASP has negoited a deal with the Sofitel Hotel near the conference Facility. You can download the registration form from the OWASP web site and fax the registration directly to the Hotel. This Hotel is within 5 minutes walking distance from the Conference Facility. [Registration http://www.owasp.org/images/0/05/OWSAP_FEB_2008.doc]

For other Hotels you can try the Jupiters Casino which is also within walking distance, or try www.wotif.com and Gold Coast (Broadbeach Hotels for places to stay nearby the Facility).

OWASP Australian Security Conference 2008 Sponsors

The following organizations are sponsors for this conference. If you are interested in sponsoring either of the 2008 OWASP conferences, please contact the conference Committee.

Current OWASP Australia Application Security 2008 Conference Sponsors are

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The conference is currently supported by


Conference Committee

OWASP Australian Conferences Chair: Justin Derry - b-sec Consulting - jderry 'at' owasp.org

Currently assisted by (and with thanks)

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