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OWASP Scotland

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and ready for the next OWASP Scotland Chapter meeting as we have secured two great talks for you. Please see blurbs below for details and Edinburgh University are again very kindly providing us with meeting space. 

We have had great feedback from the previous event and look forward to seeing you all at the end of August. Very likely to be networking opportunities after the talks over a refreshment at a nearby watering hole.

Time: 18:30

Location:  MF2 on the 4th floor,

Informatics Forum,

10 CrichtonStreet,



To attend, please register here for the event:

Deconstructing WannaCry

Speaker: James Slaughter

- Who, What, Where, Why and How.

-  Or, how I actioned the incident and learned more about the malware to help our organization weather one of the largest malware events to occur in recent history.

Driving Remediation in Large Organisations

Speaker: Andrew Scott

Congratulations!  Your vulnerability scanning, penetration testing and bug bounty programmes are all running really well.  But what about remediation?  When it comes to fixing the problems identified by the various assurance programmes it’s easy to become swamped by the sheer volume and not make enough progress on actual fixes.  How do you sort the must fixes from the nice to haves and how do you push the fix rate up and the time to fix down?  I’ll look at a number of the challenges here and some solutions.

Past Events

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Good news! Edinburgh University is kindly providing us with meeting space for the next OWASP Scotland chapter meeting. We have an excellent talk lined up by Boglarka on MFA and a second speaker should be confirmed in the near future. If you are attending please register so we can keep an eye on the numbers.

Time: 18:30

Location: Ground floor main lecture room,

Informatics Forum,

10 CrichtonStreet,



To attend, please register here for the event:

Twice the pride, double the fall – why 2FA / MFA isn’t the cure we all thought it was.

Speaker: Boglarka Ronto

The security industry has been preaching the mantra of MFA for almost a decade. Indeed, many implementations have surfaced, some better than others, with all of these intending to add to the level of security of an existing solution (i.e. external logon interface).

The trust in such services appears to be unquestioned: companies are looking for cheap, simple and easily manageable solutions and rarely consider the actual level of security associated with the product of their choice.

This talk discusses ways of testing MFA solutions and includes a few case studies of broken and poor MFA implementations, including one which allowed SMS validation to be bypassed completely at an application level (no physical proximity or cloned phones required).

TLS Demystified

Speaker: Sean Wright

TLS along with PKI often seems to be some sort of black magic which is supposed to make you secure. This talk will attempt to help explain the key parts of TLS breaking it down to be easy to understand. This talk will also cover common mistakes which are made when implementing TLS.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Virtual event kicking off the year for the Scotland chapter.

Time: 12:00

Event Signup:

The following talks will be given:

Penetration testing: a beginners paradise.

Ever wondered how to go from getting a certificate in penetration testing, or some tinkering in your spare time actually doing it as a full time job? Come and get answers as Andrew Scott (Head of Security Testing for an international bank) spills the beans. How did he get into testing, what other ways in are there? How do you sell yourself to prospective employers and make sure you are ready to do what they want to pay you for, not just what you want to do.

CSRF - Imitation is The Best Form of Flattery

Despite appearing at number 8 in the OWASP Top 10 list (2013 version), CSRF vulnerabilities are still prevalent in a multitude of applications. What is CSRF? And why is this the case? What can be done to mitigate it? Sean Wright (Lead Security Engineer at security MSP) will give you the details to those very questions and more.


The OWASP Scotland chapter now has a sponsor which is Sopra Group

Sopra Group