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==Past Events==
==Past Events==
==== December 2014 - San Francisco @ Mozilla ====
OWASP Chapter Meeting in San Francisco hosted by [ Mozilla]<br>
* Jasvir Nagra, Google - Firing Bots at Bugs
* Sergey Shekyan & Bei Zhang, Shape Security - Headless Browsers Hide and Seek
====  August 2014 - San Francisco @ Lookout ====  
====  August 2014 - San Francisco @ Lookout ====  

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OWASP Bay Area

Welcome to the Bay Area chapter homepage.


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150+ attendees at the OWASP Bay Area meeting in August, 2014

Picture is @BenHagen talking about cloud security and applications

Next Event

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - San Francisco @ Mozilla

OWASP Chapter Meeting in San Francisco hosted by Mozilla

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  • Wednesday, Dec 10
  • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Mozilla, 2 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105


5:30-6:15 pm - Networking with Drinks & Food
6:15-6:45 : Speaker: Jasvir Nagra, Google
7:00-7:30 : Speaker: Sergey Shekyan & Bei Zhang, Shape Security
7:30-8:00 : More food, drink, and security "hallway con"


  • Jasvir Nagra, Google
  • Sergey Shekyan & Bei Zhang, Shape Security
Jasvir Nagra, Google

Firing Bots at Bugs

It remains all too easy to find simple security vulnerabilities in many web applications. Why is it so hard to automatically find vulnerabilities when finding them manually remains so relatively easy? In this talk, we’ll share some of gotchas that we’ve run into scanning for web security bugs at Google, armed with a 'firing squad' of examples. We'll then walk through some of the solutions we've come up with, and finish up with a few unsolved problems which remain that really make web vulnerability scanning a hard (but fun!) problem to work on.

Jasvir Nagra is a security engineer at Google dedicated to making the web vulnerability-free. He has led the design and implementation of Caja, a pure JavaScript sandbox. Previously, he co-authored Surreptitious Software, a book on obfuscation, software watermarking and tamper-proofing; and built autonomous soccer-playing robots. These days he builds web application scanners that work at scale

Sergey Shekyan & Bei Zhang, Shape Security

Headless Browsers Hide and Seek

Headless browsers have become indispensable tools for security teams, researchers, and attackers focusing on web applications. Tools like PhantomJS enable anyone to automatically interact with highly dynamic websites and to perform many types of automated attacks. This presentation will dive into headless browser detection and spoofing techniques.

Sergey Shekyan is a Principal Engineer at Shape Security, where he is focused on the development of the new generation web security product. Prior to Shape Security, he spent 4 years at Qualys developing their on demand web application vulnerability scanning service.

Bei Zhang is a Senior Software Engineer at Shape Security, focused on analysis and countermeasures of automatic web attacks. Previously, he worked at the Chrome team at Google with a focus on the Chrome Apps API. His interests include web security, source code analysis, and algorithms.

OWASP does not endorse or recommend commercial products or services, allowing our community to remain vendor neutral with the collective wisdom of the best minds in software security worldwide.

About OWASP Bay Area Chapter

Geographic Area of Bay Area Chapter

The 'Bay Area' is actually the San Francisco Bay Area in California, which is near other large towns that are across the bay from San Francisco such as Berkeley and Oakland, and south of San Francisco are San Mateo, Palo Alto, and the whole San Jose area. Currently, the Bay Area OWASP Chapter covers this whole geographic region.

Become a Presenter

Submit your talk now for an upcoming OWASP Bay Area Chapter Meeting

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Notes about OWASP presentations

OWASP presentations are geared for a technical audience. We are particularly interested in new approaches to tackling application security problems, defensive techniques for new technology in the application security space and lessons learned from developers and security professionals tackling application security. Please consider a wide breadth of topic areas and we can discuss if they should be tailored in a particular direction for the OWASP audience.

OWASP chapter presentations must not be sales pitches and must adhere to a vendor neutral approach to the topic.

Chapter Meetings

RSS of all public bay area events (it only contains the next event so don't worry if it's empty when you subscribe)

About Presentation Events

Presentation events will feature 1 or more speakers discussing application security. These events will include a networking session, with drinks and food, before and after the event.

About OWASP Social Hours

The purpose of the OWASP social gathering is:

  • Informal security chat - the benefits of "hallway con" and security talk with others in the industry
  • Networking - meet other people in the field and industry
  • After work drinks - a nice break after a long work day

Note: These events won't have any formal presentations. They're meant to be social gatherings to meet others in the industry and chat about security. Check our quarterly OWASP Bay Area schedule for the security presentation events.

Is your organization interested in hosting an OWASP social hour in the bay area (San Francisco, South Bay, East Bay)? Contact [email protected]

Past Events

December 2014 - San Francisco @ Mozilla

OWASP Chapter Meeting in San Francisco hosted by Mozilla

  • Jasvir Nagra, Google - Firing Bots at Bugs
  • Sergey Shekyan & Bei Zhang, Shape Security - Headless Browsers Hide and Seek

August 2014 - San Francisco @ Lookout

OWASP Chapter Meeting in San Francisco hosted by Lookout

  • Paul McMillan from Nebula @PaulM - Attacking the Internet of Things using Time
  • Ben Hagen from Netflix @BenHagen - Cloud Security at Scale and What it Means for Your Application

May 2014 - Redwood City @ Evernote

OWASP Chapter Meeting in Redwood City hosted by Evernote

  • Arshad Noor - CTO, StrongAuth
  • Rich Tener - Director of Security, Evernote

March 2014 - San Francisco @ Stripe

OWASP Social Hour in San Francisco - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 Hosted by Stripe

Feb 2014 - San Jose @ Jillians

OWASP Developer Training & Social Hour - Monday 2/24/2013 Hosted by OWASP at Jillian's Billiards Club

Feb 2014 - Special Free Training Event

OWASP is hosting a special security boot camp for all RSA attendees and local developers. The training is recommended for developers who want to learn more about securing their code as well as security professionals who want to become acquainted with the latest web vulnerabilities.

Presented by Jim Manico and Eoin Keary, this intensive boot camp focuses on the most common web application security problems, including aspects of both the OWASP Top Ten and the MITRE Top 25. The course will introduce and demonstrate application assessment techniques, illustrating how application vulnerabilities can be exploited so students really understand how to avoid introducing such vulnerabilities in their code and understand fixes.

Jan 2014 - San Jose @ F5

OWASP Social Hour in San Jose - Wednesday 1/22/2013 Hosted by F5

Dec 2013 - San Francisco @ Twilio

OWASP Social Hour in San Francisco - Thursday 12/19/2013 Hosted by Twilio

Nov 2013 - San Francisco @ LendingClub

OWASP Social Hour in Mountain View - Wednesday 11/6/13 Hosted by LendingClub

Sept 2013 - Mt View @ Shape Security

OWASP Social Hour in Mountain View - Wednesday 9/25/13 Hosted by Shape Security

July 2013 - Berkeley @ University of Berkely

OWASP Presentation Meeting

  • An Empirical Study of Vulnerability Rewards Programs, Devdatta Akhawe
  • "Putting Your Robots to Work", Twitter Security Team

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