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Chapter Meetings

Bay Area OWASP Chapter meetings are posted on meetup!

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Our next event

Bay Area Mentorship Program - Meeting #1

San Francisco

December 1

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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

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

OWASP Bay Area Meetup - All events can be found here

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

2015 Past Events

OWASP AppSecUSA was held in San Francisco in September, 2015 - the biggest OWASP conference to date!

Chapter meetings can be found on the meetup page

2014 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

2013 Past Events

  • 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

Older Events

Bay Area Past Events

Bay Area Chapter Leaders

  • Michael Coates
  • Ben Hagen
  • Neal Mueller
  • Astha Singhal
  • Katherine Carpenter
  • Siva Yenamareddy

Mentorship Program

  • OWASP Bay Area is launching a mentorship program to match university students and those new to the application security field with established AppSec professionals.
  • First meeting will be held on December 1

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