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OWASP Australia AppSec 2008 Conference

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Welcome to the OWASP Australia Application Security Conference for 2008. Following on from the great success of OWASP Conferences in 2006 and 2007 in the United States and Europe, the first ever Asia Pacific & Australia Security conference will take place in February 2008. The conference will offer an opportunity for security professionals, developers, and managers to hear from industry recognised speakers on the latest critical security risks associated with application security. The conference includes a number of high quality presentations from industry speakers and business professionals with also the opportunity to network with relevant application security vendors and professionals.

**NEW** The Live Photo Blog is online, you can now see some photos from the conference.

We will attempt to upload photos throughout the conference.


Conference Details

Conference Training Day (Wednesday 27th February 2008).

Main Conference Presentations (Thursday 28th and Friday 29th February 2008).

The 2008 Conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Queensland Australia.

The Conference includes a Vendor Exhibition, Welcome Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner.

Latest News

The Conference Training & Presentation Agenda's are all online now. Registrations are filling fast, so please get in before registrations close. Also OWASP has decided (based on popular requests) to extend the "Early Bird" registrations until the end of January. This means you can save up to $50 off the already discounted conference registrations.

The Conference committee have arranged all the facilities which will be excellent, and the food selection has taken place, (Everyone will enjoy the excellent food offerings as well as the Gala Dinner prepared for the Thursday Night which is all inclusive of the conference fees.)

If you have any questions please let us know, we look forward to seeing everyone at the conference.

Cocktail Party and Asia Pacific Launch of The New face of Cybercime Wednesday Night

The guys at Fortify have once again come to the party and are sponsoring a Fortify OWASP Cocktail Party on the Wednesday Night (27th February 2008) from 6:00PM until 7:30PM. This will be held on level 1 of the Gold Coast Convention Centre (Foyer E), and all conference attendees are welcome to join us. Free Drinks, Cocktails and light food will be provided. The showing (video launch) in Australia for the New Face of Cybercrime video will also be played during the cocktail party. Please come and join us for a great initial night of drinks, good people and networking opportunities.

OWASP Conference Training: Wednesday 27th February 2008

Training Day: The Training to be offered at the Conference is a one day course on Application Security Testing, and Coding Security Techniques. This course provides an understanding of how to Identify Vulnerabilities in Web Applications, how to exploit them, and also techniques and methods to address the problems within the Application code. (Examples will be provided in .NET and Java).

This course will be delivered by Mr. Jonathan Carter and Peter Freiberg, both are Application Security Experts within Australia and have previous development backgrounds in Microsoft .NET and Java Programming Languages.

Agenda and Presentations: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th February 2008

Agenda is now ONLINE. Mark Curphey (Founder of OWASP, and currently with Microsoft is speaking) along with a number of other industry experts from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, and the US and UK. With planing, we have tried to cover nearly every topic relating to Application Security so attendees should gather a wealth of Technical and Business related content for Application Security.

Technology Expo

Leading vendors in the application security space will be at the conference giving technology demonstrations and providing access to their technical staff so they can answer in-depth questions and demonstrate the capabilities of their products or managed services.

The technology expo will be open during the conference in the meeting area. All attendees will be available to meet and discuss with any of the vendors during morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks.

More information about conference sponsorship and participating in the technology expo is available by contacting the conference Committee.

Conference Fees

Standard: $475, OWASP Members: $425,

Membership Discounts Available:

AISA Members: $25

Auscert Members: $25 (Select Group Special when registering)

Conference Fees are inclusive of all presentations and agenda (including the Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner)

Conference Tutorial (One Day Training):

$650 ($750 if attending tutorial only)

Early Registration Discount (* Extended until 25th Jan 2008): $50

Note: To save on processing expenses, all fees paid for the AppSec 2008 Conference are non-refundable. OWASP can accomodate transfers of registrations from one person to another, if such an adjustment becomes necessary. (Please note that all fees are in USD) (Conference Fees are kept to a minimum and follow the US/UK Conference Pricing)

When selecting Group Membership discounts when registering, you will be asked upon the conference day to show your membership details to the conference registration desk.


Registration is now open!! Here is the registration page.

Conference Accomodation & Hotel Registration

OWASP has negotiated a deal with the Sofitel Hotel near the conference Facility. You can download the registration form from the OWASP web site and fax the registration directly to the Hotel. This hotel is within 5 minutes walking distance from the Conference Facility. [Registration]

For other Hotels, you can try the Jupiters Casino which is also within walking distance, or try and Gold Coast (Broadbeach Hotels for places to stay nearby the Facility).

The Sofitel Hotel is nearly full, the next closest hotel is the Bel Air at Broadbeach. They currently still have rooms available on Wotif, or you can contact the Hotel directly.

OWASP Australian Security Conference 2008 Sponsors

The following organizations are sponsors for this conference. If you are interested in sponsoring the OWASP Australia AppSec 2008 conference, please contact the conference committee.

Current OWASP Australia Application Security 2008 Conference Sponsors are:

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The conference is currently supported by

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Conference Committee

OWASP Australian Conferences Chair: Justin Derry - b-sec Consulting - jderry 'at'

Currently assisted by (and with thanks)

OWASP Conferences Chair: Dave Wichers - Aspect Security - dave.wichers 'at'