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Welcome to the OWASP Rochester Local Chapter

Welcome to the local Rochester chapter homepage. The acting chapter leader is Ralph Durkee

Security Development Lifecycle

Date: June 20, 2013 @ 5:30 PM

Location: Nixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604

Please RSVP to Ralph Durkee

We'll have some brief news and chapter business followed by a presentation by Larry Kovnat. Food will be provided so please register by sending an email. You can park below the building and bring your parking pass for validation.

Abstract: Embedded controllers are being incorporated into electro-mechanical devices and connected to the Internet at an increasing rate, yet the developers of such equipment often have little experience in assessing the security risks. Management and developers both are quick to grasp the advantages of embedded control and connectivity, yet often underestimate the vulnerabilities that may be unintentionally introduced. This talk will discuss real-world aspects of gaining the trust and support of both management and developers for the use of a security development lifecycle and how such an approach results in better product quality and lower product acquisition costs.

Bio: Larry Kovnat (CISSP, CISM) was previously Senior Product Security Manager at Xerox Corporation, and is a widely recognized expert in embedded systems security. At Xerox, Larry led the effort to build security into the embedded controllers of advanced hardcopy multifunction devices. Larry brought a risk assessment and mitigation approach to secure development and instituted a secure product development lifecycle that distinguished Xerox as a leader in hardcopy device security, with over 50 products achieving Common Criteria certification from multiple international schemes. Now an independent consultant, Larry has long experience in product development and product security at the senior management level.


OWASP chapter meetings are free and open to anyone interested in application security. We encourage members to give presentations on specific topics and to contribute to the local chapter by sharing their knowledge with others. Prior to participating with OWASP please review the Chapter Rules.

The Rochester chapter has two mailing lists: one for announcements and one for general discussion. The announcement list is for official communications (e.g meeting announcements, web site updates, etc). The discussion list is for general participation and everyone is encouraged to post. The announcement mailing list can be found here. The discussion mailing list can be found here. You can also review the announcement and discussion e-mail archives to see what folks have been talking about. Please make sure you are subscribed to the announcement list to receive any last minute meeting info.

Local Officers

Meeting Dates & Location

Dates: Meetings are announced via the announcmenet mailing list and on the website.

Meetings reminders are sent to the OWASP Rochester Announcement distribution list at least one week prior to a meeting.

If you or your organization is interested in donating meeting space please contact one of the local officers listed above. The space should be able to accommodate at least 15 people.

Past Events

April Meeting 2013

Topic: Ethical Hacking as a Professional Penetration Testing Technique
Speaker: Ralph Durkee, Durkee Consulting

May 2012

Mercury Networks Security Summit Tpoic: Mozilla's Content Security Policy Speaker: Lou Leone

May 2011 Meeting

Michael Coates webinar on Attack-Aware Applications.

May 5, 2011

MercuryFest Speakers: Ralph Durkee, Andrea Cogliati, Duane Peifer Topic: SSL Man-in-the-Middle and Spoofing Attacks

March 2011 Meeting

Topic: Pastebin Scrapping
Speaker: Silas Cutler, Global Crossing, Security Architect

January 2011 Meeting

Topic: State of OWASP and the State of Web Application Security
Speaker: Ralph Durkee, Durkee Consulting

August Meeting 2010

Topic: Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing
Speaker: Duane Peifer, UberGuard Information Security and Ralph Durkee, Durkee Consulting

June Meeting 2010

Topic: Client Side Exploits 101
Speaker: JP Bourget, BS IT, RIT 2005; MS Computer Security and Information Assurance, RIT 2008; CISSP; MCSE, CSS

May Meeting 2010

Topic: New Techniques in Application Intrusion Detection
Speaker: Al Huizenga, Director of Product Management, Mykonos Software, Inc.

February Meeting 2010

Ralph Durkee presented a recap of the recent AppSec conference in DC.
Andrea Cogliati gave a talk on Identity Federation and Claim-based Security.

Oct 29-30 2008 - Rochester Security Summit 2008
The Rochester OWASP chapter in partnership with other Rochester institutions is organizing the third annual Rochester Security Summit Oct 29-30 during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year we'll have a full day dedicated to application security and we are are working to bring to Rochester the best national acclaimed speakers.

Visit Rochester Security Summit Site for details.

Past Presentations

Mercury Networks Security Symposium May 2012 I'll see your cross site scripting and raise you a Content Security Policy by Lou Leone Presentation - PPTX

January Meeting 2011 State of OWASP and the State of Web Application Security by Ralph Durkee PPT PDF

August Meeting 2010 Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing by Duane Peifer PPT PDF
August Meeting 2010 Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing by Ralph Durkee PPT PDF

May Meeting 2010 New Techniques in Application Intrusion Detection by Al Huizenga PPTX PDF
May Meeting 2010 Identity Federation and Claim-based Security by Andrea Cogliati PDF

February Meeting 2010 DC AppSec Conference Recap by Ralph Durkee PPT

October Hackerfest 2009 Introduction to OWASP Rochester by Ralph Durkee, Lou Leone PPT

September OWASP 2009 Securing Apache Web Servers with Mod Security & CIS Benchmark by Ralph Durkee PPT Open Office

May OWASP 2009 Key Management - One Perspective by Lou Leone PPT

May IEEE 2009 Introduction to OWASP, presented by Ralph Durkee and Andrea Cogliati PPT

January 2009 Paranoid Programming Practices, by Lou Leone and Aaron Witt PPT

May 2008 Database Encryption, by Ralf Durkee PPT

January 2008 SQL Injection and Dynamic SQL, by Andrea Cogliati ZIP

September 2007 2007 OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Vulnerabilities, by Ralph Durkee PowerPoint

October 2006 The first of the OWASP top ten: unvalidated input, by Steve Buck. PowerPoint

April 2006 PGP: Encryption for e-mail and web applications, by Ralph Durkee PDF

February 2006 Identity Theft, Phishing and Pharming, by Danny Allan PDF

February 2006 Secure e-mail, by Thomas Bullinger PDF

January 2006 PCI Compliance, by Pat Massey, Ralf Durkee, Maureen Baran PDF

September 2005 Two Factor Authentication for Java Applications with Client Certificates, by Ralf Durkee PDF Open Office

April 2005 Avoiding Backend Exploitation of Mail Forms, by Max Kessler PowerPoint Open Office

March 2005 Bringing Two-Factor Authentication to Web Applications, by Michael Starks PowerPoint Open Office

February 2005 Insecure Storage, by Chris Karr PowerPoint

January 2005 Access Control and Session Mgmnt, by Steve Buck PowerPoint Open Office

November 2004 Intro to OWASP by Ralf Durkee. Demonstration of SQL Injection attack and prevention, by Paul Cupo PowerPoint