Los Angeles/2017 Meetings
---May 24, 2017 Verizon Digital Media Services
Opening Talk: Stuart Schwartz: Security in the News
Speaker: Shane MacDougall
Shane MacDougall has over 28 years experience as an information security professional, both as an attacker and a defender. His current focus in on threat intelligence, an area in which he has created, implemented, and run programs for two major Fortune 500 companies. He has lectured at security conferences internationally, and is the owner of two black badges from DEFCON. His book on social engineering is coming out this summer.
Threat intelligence is a phrase that these days seems to be one of the buzz words de jour. Throw in IoT, big data, cloud, and Docker, and you pretty much have Infosec Yahtzee. But what is a meaningful threat intelligence program for your company? Why spend six figures for the latest TI feeds from the ultra hackers tracking down APTs, when can you roll your own for pennies on the dollar? In this presentation we’ll discuss how to define threat intelligence, how you can optimize your practice to reduce noise, what sources you can get for free (or close to free), how to automate a lot of the intelligence that you get, and perhaps most important, making that intelligence actionable. We will also discuss mistakes others, including your presenter, have made, and how to avoid these and other common pitfalls.
---April 26, 2017 Riot Games HQ, Los Angeles
Speaker: Jack Mannino
Jack is the Chief Executive Officer at nVisium and loves solving problems in the field of application security. With experience building, breaking, and securing software, he founded nVisium in 2009 to invent new and more efficient ways of protecting software. Jack is an active mobile and wearable security researcher and focuses on creating techniques for making both web and mobile application security scale effectively.
Microservices offer a lot of benefits for deploying large-scale applications, but implementing a secure architecture that scales over time can be challenging. Services are highly decoupled from each other as well as producers and consumers of data moving throughout the architecture. Data contracts between services are often blurry, and data sharing between microservices require careful consideration around access patterns and boundaries between related services. New services come, new services go. Some are deployed to containers, some to servers, and some are serverless. Your developers, data scientists, and infrastructure team are all empowered to move quickly and ship new services. Your job is to make sure all of the above happens in a secure and sane way.
In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges with securing microservices and present solutions to make security a seamless and frictionless part of scaling your architecture. Using real-world examples of successes and failures while building a microservice architecture, we will discuss what translates well from monolithic design to microservices, and the bad habits you should leave behind. We will demonstrate how to build authentication into a microservice architecture and how to implement a granular authorization scheme that will work effectively as you introduce new services. At the end of this presentation, you’ll understand what separates microservices from traditional monolithic applications and understand the problem space from a secure architectural perspective.
---March 22, 2017 Symantec Offices, Culver City
Speaker: Jeff Williams
A pioneer in application security, Jeff Williams has more than 20 years of experience in software development and security. He is the co-founder and CTO of Contrast Security, a revolutionary application security product that enhances software with the power to defend itself, check itself for vulnerabilities, and join a security command and control infrastructure. Williams is also a founder and major contributor to OWASP, where he served as the Chair of the OWASP Board for 8 years and created the OWASP Top 10, OWASP Enterprise Security API, OWASP Application Security Verification Standard, XSS Prevention Cheat Sheet, and many other widely adopted free and open projects. Jeff holds a BA from Virginia, an MA from George Mason, and a JD from Georgetown.
AppSec has a serious math problem. We’re introducing vulnerabilities faster than we can find them. And we’re finding them faster than we can fix them. With software development accelerating and 11 billion new lines of code being written in 2017, this won’t end well. Some organizations have tried using perimeter defenses rather than improving their SDLC, but they don’t know what they’re protecting. A possible improvement is to feed vulnerability information into perimeter defenses, but it’s a correlation nightmare. Fortunately, with dynamic binary instrumentation it’s possible to unify vulnerability and attack detection – providing a high-confidence method of preventing vulnerabilities from being exploited. In this talk, we’ll get under the hood of this technique and also explore how it affects the math of your application security program.
---February 22, 2017 Symantec Offices, Culver City
Speaker: Eli Mezei
Eli is an Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators, where he manages analyst and client activities, including assessment work and some research initiatives. Prior to joining Independent Security Evaluators, Mr. Mezei managed risk and research operations for one of the largest commodity trading advisors in the world. Mr. Mezei is one of the organizers of IoT Village, the popular new hacking concept focused on connected devices, as well as an organizer of SOHOpelessly Broken, the first ever router hacking contest at esteemed security conference DEF CON. Mr. Mezei holds an M.S. from The Johns Hopkins University.
Topic: Hacking Healthcare
In this session, we present findings from a long term security research study in healthcare, in which we discovered that adversaries can deploy cyber attacks that result in harm or fatality to patients. Over the course of 24 months, we investigated 12 hospitals, 2 healthcare data facilities, 2 medical devices and host of supporting applications and technologies. Our focus was to (a) determine the feasibility of attacks against patient health, (b) determine the contextual is- sues from both technical and business perspectives, and (c) articulate the solution.We discovered that the healthcare industry is pursuing the wrong security mission, with an almost exclusive focus on protecting patient data, yet almost no consideration of protecting patient health. We identified a number of security vulnerabilities which, if exploited, would result in patient harm or fatality. We also identified a very wide range of business and industry shortcomings, which lead to the introduction of such security vulnerabilities. Notably, we also published a blueprint, which is an actionable, step-by-step guide to help a healthcare organization of any size migrate to a more robust defense posture.This session provides a high level analysis of what we did, what we discovered, and what we recommend. The source study data can be found here: https://www.securityevaluators.com/hospitalhack/
---January 23-25, 2017 Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Los Angeles Chapter is teaming up with the Orange County and Santa Barbara chapters to bring you the third annual AppSec California. The event is a one of a kind experience for information security professionals, developers, and QA and testing professionals, as they gather at the beach from around the world to learn and share knowledge and experiences about secure systems and secure development methodologies. A full day of training on various subjects by expert trainers kicks off the conference on the 23rd. World renown speakers follow on days two and three. https://2017.appseccalifornia.org/