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OWASP Sacramento

Welcome to the Sacramento chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are Michael Weber & Scott Headington.
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The Sacramento OWASP Chapter promotes the principles of OWASP in our local community with an emphasis on education, local networking opportunities, and fun. Meetings are typically on the last Thursday evening of the month.

Next meeting March 24th, 2011: HTML 5: New and exciting… for attackers too, Scott Headington, Foundstone

HTML 5 is the next revision of the HTML specification. It promises to integrate audio and video without the need for additional plug-ins, a new and improved tag library and the ability for web applications to work offline by using client side storage. All these exciting new features that have developers ready to move but, HTML 5 also brings along a series of new security concerns at a time when security flaws in web applications are at an all time high. This presentation will cover a brief discussion of the new features of HTML 5 and an overview of the security risks associated with them.

Speaker Bio:

Scott is a Security Consultant at Foundstone, working out of the Sacramento, CA area. He specializes in performing web application penetration testing, threat modeling and code reviews. Scott also provides client education services for Foundstone class lead and instructor of Writing Secure Code: Java and Building Secure Code courses. He is also an instructor for the Ultimate Hacking: Web course.

Prior to joining Foundstone, Scott worked as a software engineer with over 14 years experience with several years experience on security projects. In his years as a software engineer he has filled the roles of architect and lead developer and has worked for companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small successful start-ups. His core development competencies are in Java and related technologies for creation of web and server side applications and is also proficient with .NET technologies.

Future meetings

We always want ideas! Send your request for a meeting topic to a chapter leader or the chapter mailing list.

Past Meetings

2010-09-30: Roman Hustad conducted a "Threat Modeling Workshop"

2010-06-24: Michael Weber conducted a "SQL Injection Lab"

2010-05-27: Erik Peterson of Veracode presented "Automated Web Application Testing - Why we're Doing It Wrong"

2010-04-29: Roman Hustad presented "The Secure Software Development Lifecycle"

2010-03-25: Mike Fauzy of Aspect Security presented "Tool Assisted Manual Code Review - Manual Precision with Automated Performance"

2010-02-25: Arshad Noor of StrongAuth, Inc. presented "Key Management & Encryption" Download presentation

2009-12-09: Alex Smolen presented "The OWASP .NET ESAPI"

2009-10-08: Ned Allison chaired a roundtable on "Database Security"

2009-07-30: Roman Hustad presented "Hands-on Cross-Site Scripting"

2009-05-12: Roman Hustad presented "Hands-on SQL Injection"

2008-10-30: Joy Forsythe from Fortify Software presented "Voting Security."

2008-07-31: Roman Hustad presented "How to Test the Security of Web Applications."

2008-06-26: Shan Zhou from Imperva presented "Database Security."

2008-04-03: Ryan C. Barnett from Breach Security presented "Passive Web Application Defect Identification."

2007-11-29: Roman Hustad from Foundstone presented "Web Application Hacking" to over 40 attendees.

2007-08-30: Barmak Meftah from Fortify Software presented "Hack proof your Service-Oriented Architecture" to 15 attendees.