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Denver September 2008 meeting

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John Dickson: Black Box vs. White Box: Different App Testing Strategies

Competing approaches for application security testing have pros and cons. This presentation will look at and discuss a number of security assessment strategies including white box testing, black box testing, static analysis and dynamic analysis.

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BIO – John Dickson

John Dickson is a principal at [ Denim Group, Ltd.] and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) whose technical background includes hands-on experience with intrusion detection systems, telephony security and application security. He has consulted with Fortune 500 clients, Department of Defense organizations and numerous Chief Information Officers regarding their organizations’ security programs and has served as Chief Information Security Officer for a major healthcare organization.

John Dickson is a former U.S. Air Force officer who specialized in network defense and command and control while on active duty and Air Force Reserves. He joined Denim Group after holding several leadership positions at high profile organizations including Regional Vice President of International Operations and Director of Consulting at SecureLogix Corporation, Senior Account Manager at Trident Data Systems and Manager at KPMG’s Information Risk Management consulting practice. In these positions, he specialized in network penetration projects, firewall project management, enterprise security reviews, security architecture development, intrusion detection and more.

John regularly speaks in front of numerous security groups including the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He has also presented at several conferences including CSI 2007, the annual Computer Security Institute Conference, the Texas Regional Infrastructure Security Conference (TRISC) and ConSec 2006. He is a founder and chairman of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI), a founder of the Alamo Chapter of ISSA and the Chairman Elect of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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