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OWASP Perth, Western Australia

Welcome to the Perth, Western Australia chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are:


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Previous OWASP Meetings

Shlomi Cohen of IBM Rational (Sep 2009)

The OWASP Perth Chapter is excited to announce our next meeting event. This meeting is generously being hosted by IBM, who are providing a venue, catering *and* presenter, Shlomi Cohen. Shlomi works in the IBM Rational business unit and was fundamental in the development of their AppScan suite of products.

About the presenter

Shlomi Cohen joined IBM with the Watchfire acquisition at August 2007. Over nine years of experience in web application security in both start-ups and established companies. Emphasis in strategic selling, sales consulting, technical sales and management.

  • Leading the Security solution on the WW Rational Tiger sales team
  • Work with the customers and the local sales team to form the right security solution
  • Development of sale process for multiple products
  • Working closely with customers and the product management team in driving the products roadmaps
  • Assisting IBM’s growth in acquisition portfolio

Previous to the WW Rational Security Solution leader:

  • Managing the technical sales team for Watchfire in the Americas group of IBM
  • Watchfire Security Research team manager - A team responsible for various web application security aspects including web application vulnerability research, security product rule updates, enhanced security feature definition, security audits, customer support, marketing and sales assistance
  • AppShield Development Manager - Managed the development and QA teams for the AppShield product - a client Server Web Application Firewall

Threat Modelling in the Software Development Lifecycle (Feb 2009)

One of the most important concepts being promoted in the security industry is security in the software development lifecycle. This concept is important due to two primary factors:

  • It is generally recognised that by shifting security activities closer towards the requirements gathering stage, or the design stage, that less vulnerabilities will make their way into the production systems.
  • It is also recognised that the cost of mitigating vulnerabilities increases later in the lifecycle.

By walking through a case study I hope to demonstrate the effectiveness of addressing risk during the earlier stage of the software development lifecycle, and that these activities are not solely the responsibility of the "security guy", but all participants in a software project including the project manager, business stakeholders and software designer.

About the presenter

Christian Frichot is currently employed by Bankwest working within the Security Consulting Services team. His core responsibilities include phishing and online fraud response, security assessments, information risk assessments and other ad-hoc information security consulting. Christian hopes to spend more time in '09 focusing on education and application security, where he feels more effort needs to be applied.

-Updated 7/9/09 by Christian Frichot