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Welcome to the Leeds UK chapter homepage. The Leeds chapter has been quiet for a while but we are looking for enthusiatic new members to make this one of the best OWASP chapters once again. We are hoping to accumulate a good proportion of subject matter experts who will in turn be able to provide guidance and presentations for the benefit of all chapter members. So please join the mailing list and contribute.

Details of your chapter Board members can be found here Leeds_UK_chapter_leaders

The chapter email address is [email protected]


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Planned Meetings

Nov 2012

Jan 2013

April 2013

July 2013

October 2013

Next Meeting

UKSG and OWASP meetings are free to attend and are open to all those interested in web application and information security.

This is our first combined meeting of the NUKSG and OWASP Leeds groups. We hope that this will encourage new friendships and new interest between the two groups. You can subscribe to both groups to be notified of future events via their websites. Buffet food and a drink on arrival are kindly provided by our sponsors DVV Solutions and Activity IM ( Please bring your ticket! Further drinks are available for purchase at the venue.

Please book your place quickly as we expect a big turnout!

6.00pm - Networking Drinks

We will be arriving from 6pm with an opportunity to chat over a beer before we formally start at 6.20pm in the conservatory room.

6.20pm - Introduction

About OWASP and NUKSG, who we are and what we do. How you can get involved and how you can support NUKSG and the work of OWASP. We'll also have a brief update on the NUKSG team entry to White Hat Rally's 2013 pirates and smugglers themed rally - Pieces of V8 - places are available on the team and corporate sponsors needed.

6.30pm - Food!

6.45pm - Arron "Finux" Finnon - What is OSNIF?

"Yeah great, I know its not a silver bullet! NIPS/NIDS have issues, and that's putting it lightly. I've talked about their limitations for a while, and i get either "that's awesome" or "they've been done to death". The truth is, we achieved nothing in fixing the problem. We can moan about how rubbish they are, we can pretend it's not our problem, or we can start to address the situation.

For too long we've moaned, we've made comments and done little to make them better. Vendors are making money off products we all know could be doing a better job. Here's a crazy idea, let's talk about the issues, why they suck, and this time actually do something! What is to be lost by trying something new? Let's accept they fail and instead, turn that frown upside down. This talk isn't an answer, it's a beginning. Looking at some of the common and uncommon issues faced in trying to make NIDS/NIPS better, and why we fail at finding solutions. I don't have all the answers, however I intend to answer one simple question; What is OSNIF?"

Arron "Finux" Finnon is a Research Consultant at Activity Information Management Limited.

7.45pm - Break

8.00pm - Campbell Murray - API's, creating and abusing

This talk looks at the rise of the API and its increasing prevalence in web services. As APIs' are more commonly understood their use is growing, but as with all technology, the more people doing it, the more opportunities for getting it wrong. We will take a rapid look into creating, abusing and fixing the Application Programming Interface.

8.55pm - Closing remarks

9.00pm - Retire to bar

Past Events

2012 Dates



2011 Dates



2010 Dates




17th March - Leeds

2009 Dates

14th October 2009 - Leeds