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OWASP Orlando

Welcome to the Orlando chapter homepage. The chapter was founded in August 2011 by Tony Turner and is currently led by Tony Turner and Adrian Pastor.


OWASP Foundation (Overview Slides) is a professional association of global members and is open to anyone interested in learning more about software security. Local chapters are run independently and guided by the Chapter_Leader_Handbook. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional association your support and sponsorship of any meeting venue and/or refreshments is tax-deductible. Financial contributions should only be made online using the authorized online chapter donation button. To be a SPEAKER at ANY OWASP Chapter in the world simply review the speaker agreement and then contact the local chapter leader with details of what OWASP PROJECT, independent research or related software security topic you would like to present on.


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OWASP Orlando Officers

  • Tony Turner - Chapter Leader and Chief Defender since 2011
  • Adrian Pastor - Chapter Co-Leader
  • Michael Felch - Chief Breaker
  • Jack Norman - Chief Builder
  • Willa Riggins - Marketing Coordinator and Prior Chapter Co-Leader 2012-2013

Past OWASP Orlando Officers

Jon Singer - Prior Chapter Co-Leader 2013-2015

Meeting Registration

Please register for our meetings at

OWASP Orlando Chapter Meetings

2015 Meeting October 29

If you are in Orlando on Thursday October 29th, please join us at the next OWASP Orlando chapter meeting. Free food and drinks will be provided! We'll have two amazing presenters – the details for one of the presentations will be added shortly to this wiki.

The meeting is free to attend and will take place from 5 PM to 7.30 PM. The location will be kindly provided by HD Supply. Parking is free in the dirt lot on the north side of Pine St.

Location Details
HD Supply[1]
501 W Church St
Orlando, FL

Guest Speakers

Reverse Engineering Android Applications for Pride and Glory - Ben Watson

This presentation will serve as an introduction for those who want to dive into the art of reverse engineering Android applications and firmware. We will explore the inner workings of the Android architecture, traverse the landscape of reverse engineering tools and techniques, and propose some practical methodologies and workflows for all your bug hunting needs.

Ben Watson has over 7 dedicated years in application and mobile security. Prior to joining GuidePoint Security, Ben has been solving mobile & application security problems for cutting edge companies in the financial services, eCommerce, and medical industries. Often Ben has been sought after for building application security programs from the ground up. This is due to his experience in not only developing testing methodologies, tools, and techniques, but his understanding and perspective around what it requires to build secure products. Ben has managed and lead efforts in large mobile application security service initiatives, and is also an experienced mobile security researcher. He currently focuses his efforts around discovering new exploitable vulnerability patterns in Android and iOS. He also has multiple published zero day vulnerabilities effecting various Android web browsers, and is the creator and curator of the Android assessment toolkit called Lobotomy.

Do Your Own Highly Successful Five-minute Cryptography Evaluations - Scott Arciszewski

From web frameworks to encrypted chat applications to contactless smartcards, our industry is filled with people who deploy home-grown cryptography. The result of this choice is usually catastrophic. Even if you're using good primitives from well-studied libraries, how you utilize them can completely defeat the security they provide. Clearly, rolling your own cryptography is a bad idea; but how do you assess the libraries that others have written? The following implementations will be scrutinized:

  • OpenCart's Encryption library (ECB mode, no MAC)
  • Tutanota's messaging app (CBC mode without a MAC)
  • Mifare Classic's Proprietary Stream Cipher (aside from the 48-bit key, this cipher is incredibly unsound)
  • Defuse Security's PHP Encryption Library (safe, for reasons I will explain)
  • Libsodium - crypto_box() (safe, for reasons I will explain)

Before winning the password hashing category of the Underhanded Crypto Contest at the Crypto & Privacy Village at DEFCON this year, Scott has spent years studying how to make real-world cryptosystems fail in useful ways for attackers, from timing side-channels to padding oracles and random number generator failures. Scott leads the software development efforts for, and audits client's cryptography products on behalf of, the Orlando-based technology consulting firm, Paragon Initiative Enterprises.

Meeting History

Q4 2014 Meeting November 12

We will be holding our Q4 meeting on Wednesday, November 12th at The University of Central Florida, main campus.
There is NO cost to attend. Refreshments and snacks are provided by HeroiSec. Location Provided by University of Central Florida.

Guest Speakers

Blog like a hacker - Vikram Dhillon
People just entering information security have a tough path ahead to become established and well-known. One major tool that almost all well known security analysts have is a blog where they all reach out to their audience. Getting a blog on a popular CMS platform is easy and of course great and all but you can't show your own skills off. Enter Jekyll. A blog written from scratch up where you can show off your own development skills. Most developers are using their own styling along with various plugins combined in this Ruby-based tool to show off how they can blog like a hacker. This session will be a walkthrough of how to blog using jekyll. I will showcase what the finished project looks like, how to get started with one, the structure of the app and finally how to extend the blog you've created with your own imagination.

Technological Telekinesis: Become One with the Force (aka Art, Gadgets and Tech) - Nathan Selikoff
Witness how objects and digital worlds can be manipulated without any direct contact. You never see a Jedi with a keyboard or a touchscreen, do you? Why be tethered when you can freely express yourself? With a low-cost input device, a laptop, and a bit of programming know-how, you can capture a flick of the wrist or an all out dance routine. What you do from there is only limited by your imagination. Kinect yourself and Leap into the future! Nathan Selikoff is an artist and programmer who plays with interactivity and motion in time and space. Inspired by the behavior of systems, science, nature, and music, he combines computer code, traditional materials, and future technology to bring new ideas to life.


6:00PM - 6:15 Arrive at UCF

6:15 - 7:00 Blog like a hacker - Vikram Dhillon

7:00 - 7:10 Short break for refreshments and questions

7:10 - 7:55 Technological Telekinesis - Nathan Selikoff

7:55 - 8:00 Questions and closing remarks

8:00 - ? World of Beer social gathering (21+)

Location Details
UCF Teaching Academy[2]
Room 117
4221 Andromeda Loop N
Orlando, FL 32816

Parking Details
Garage A
University Blvd.

Q2 2014 May 12 Secure Coding Training

We will be holding a midday 4 hour training on secure application development led by Jim Manico. This workshop is an abridged version of the following course:

The class is a combination of lecture, security testing demonstration and code review. Students will learn the most common threats against applications. More importantly, students will learn how to code secure web solutions via defense-based code samples.

As part of this course, we will explore the use of third-party security libraries and frameworks to speed and standardize secure development. We will highlight production quality API's from various languages and frameworks that provide production quality and scalable security controls.

This course will include secure coding information for Java, PHP and .NET programmers, but any software developer building web applications, webservices or mobile applications will benefit.

Jim Manico is a member of the OWASP Board and currently manages many OWASP projects including the cheatsheet series. He also runs Manicode Security where he specializes in application security training

Training location IST Partnership 2 2nd Floor Room 208 3100 Technology Parkway Orlando, FL 32826

The parking lot will (most likely) be full

You can also park across the street at: College of Nursing Address: 12201 Research Parkway, Orlando, FL 32826

Q4 2013 October 30 Meeting

OWASP Orlando is holding a social event for Q3/4 with complimentary wings and beer at Buffalo Wild Wings. We'd like to welcome you out to talk about web app security, upcoming events, Central FL infosec and other topics of note. There is no formal agenda, just show up, eat food, drink beer and hang out! We do have a limited budget for this event and expect we should have enough for the first couple hours, but if turn out is much greater than anticipated, or folks want to stay later we may have to switch to a non-free model at some point in the evening. Please register for this event so we can get an accurate account for who will be coming and an idea of cost.

Topics of interest:

• AppSecUSA conference in NYC (Nov 17-21)

• B-Sides Orlando conference (April 5-6)

• Chapter Outreach Opportunities (We recently presented for ISACA)

• Other CFL Inosec groups (Some new groups, some old. We want to work with you!)

• Cool projects you are working on

• Beer

There is NO cost to attend, but if you are interested in donating or joining the chapter please contact me at [email protected]

We do not currently have sponsorship for this event, if you are interested please do not hesitate to contact us.

Q2 2013 Meeting June 26

Our Q2 meeting for 2013 will be a bit of a change in pace. Due to chapter demand for more hands on content, we are holding a Web App Hacking Workshop. You will need to bring a laptop with VMware Workstation or Player (free) installed. We will provide the VM. As always we will have our AppSec Trivia Contest and we have some OWASP hardcopy books for Testing Guide, Code Review Guide and Top 10 to give away as prizes.

6:15 - 6:30 Arrive at Cloudspace (see below)

6:30 - 6:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

6:45 - 8:00 "Web App Hacking Workshop with Mutillidae" Facilitated by Tony Turner

8:00 - ? After event social gathering - Location TBD

We do not currently have a sponsor for this event but refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in sponsoring please contact [email protected]

Cloudspace (near UCF Main campus) 11551 University Blvd Suite 2 Orlando, FL 32817

Q1 2013 Meeting February 13

We are kicking off Q1 of 2013 by going back to the basics. Chapter leadership will be delivering coverage of the OWASP Top 10, with examples and ways you can help reduce your exposure. As always we will have our AppSec Trivia Contest and we have some OWASP hardcopy books for Testing Guide, Code Review Guide and Top 10 to give away as prizes.

We have also changed our venue to Cloudspace who have graciously allowed us to use their space. UCF Medical College, while a great facility was a bit far for some folks to drive so we hope this will work out better for everyone.

6:15 - 6:30 Arrive at Cloudspace (see below)

6:30 - 6:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

6:45 - 8:00 "OWASP Top 10" - Tony Turner and William Riggins

8:00 - ? After event social gathering - Location TBD

We do not currently have a sponsor for this event but refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in sponsoring please contact [email protected]

Cloudspace (near UCF Main campus) 11551 University Blvd Suite 2 Orlando, FL 32817

Q3 2012 Meeting September 12

5:45 - 6:00 Arrive

6:00 - 6:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks / Appsec Trivia

6:15 - 7:00 "An Insider's Look: WAF and Identity and Access Management Integration" - Jan Poczobutt, Director of Enterprise ADC & WAF Sales at Barracuda Networks, will provide an inside look at some of the problems with traditional access management implementations and how enterprises can sucessfully overcome these challenges by integrating web application firewall technologies with Identity and Access Management. Learn about best practices, specific use cases and how this new integration translates into operational simplicity for the enterprise.

7:00 - 7:15 Break

7:15 - 8:00 "Don't Drop the SOAP: Real World Web Service Testing for Web Hackers" - Over the years web services have become an integral part of web and mobile applications. From critical business applications like SAP to mobile applications used by millions, web services are becoming more of an attack vector than ever before. Unfortunately, penetration testers haven't kept up with the popularity of web services, recent advancements in web service technology, testing methodologies and tools. In fact, most of the methodologies and tools currently available either don't work properly, are poorly designed or don't fully test for real world web service vulnerabilities. In addition, environments for testing web service tools and attack techniques have been limited to home grown solutions or worse yet, production environments.

In this presentation Kevin Johnson will discuss the new security issues with web services and discuss an updated web service testing methodology released at defcon 19 last year that will be integrated into the OWASP testing guide, new Metasploit modules and exploits for attacking web services and an open source vulnerable web service for the Samurai-WTF (Web Testing Framework) that can be used by penetration testers to test web service attack tools and techniques.

  • Kevin Johnson is a security consultant and founder of Secure Ideas. Kevin came to security from a development and system administration background. He has many years of experience performing security services for fortune 100 companies, and in his spare time he contributes to a large number of open source security projects. Kevin's involvement in open-source projects is spread across a number of projects and efforts. He is the founder of many different projects and has worked on others. He founded BASE, which is a Web front-end for Snort analysis. He also founded and continues to lead the SamuraiWTF live DVD. This is a live environment focused on Web penetration testing. He also founded Yokoso and Laudanum, which are focused on exploit delivery. Kevin is a certified instructor for SANS and the author of Security 542: Web Application Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. He also presents at industry events, including DEFCON and ShmooCon, and for various organizations, like Infragard, ISACA, ISSA, and the University of Florida.

Twitter: @secureideas

We do not currently have a sponsor for this event but refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in sponsoring please contact [email protected]

University of Central Florida has graciously agreed to provide meeting space at the Medical College campus.

Q2 2012 Meeting May 15

The theme for Q2 is Mobile Security

5:45 - 6:00 Arrive

6:00 - 6:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks / Appsec Trivia

6:15 - 7:00 "Practical Android Security" - Jack Mannino

Building secure Android applications can be achieved with a mix of common sense, leveraging platform security features, and following secure development best practices. This presentation will focus on security “quick wins” during development and will cover techniques that can reduce the overall attack surface within Android applications.

7:00 - 7:15 Break

7:15 - 8:00 "Application Firewalling in the Age of Mobile: New Considerations" - Stephen Mak

With mobile application development on a rapid rise, it is important to understand the security risks associated with externally published APIs. This talk will discuss the similarities and differences of risks posed by browser-based web applications and mobile applications.
  • Jack Mannino is the CEO of nVisium Security, an application security firm located within the Washington DC area. At nVisium, he helps to ensure that large corporations, government agencies, and software startups have the tools they need to build and maintain successful application security initiatives. He is an active Android security researcher, and has a keen interest in identifying security issues and trends on a large scale. Jack is the leader and founder of the OWASP Mobile Security Project. He also serves as a board member on the OWASP Northern Virginia chapter. Jack is also the lead developer for the OWASP GoatDroid Project, which is a collection of vulnerable Android applications used for training and education.
  • Stephen Mak is the Product Manager for the Layer 7 SecureSpan Gateway, and has over 10 years product management experience in the enterprise application software industry.

Refreshments will be provided at the event and have been donated by Fishnet Security.

University of Central Florida has graciously agreed to provide meeting space at the Medical College campus.

Q1 2012 Meeting February 22

5:45 - 6:00 Arrive

6:00 - 6:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks / Appsec Trivia

6:15 - 7:00 "OWASP Where are we... Where are we going in 2012" - Tom Brennan

7:00 - 7:15 Break

7:15 - 8:00 "XSS Defense" - Jim Manico

This talk will discuss the past methods used for cross-site scripting (XSS) defense that were only partially effective. Learning from these lessons, we will also discuss present day defensive methodologies that are effective, but place an undue burden on the developer. We will then finish with a discussion of future XSS defense mythologies that shift the burden of XSS defense from the developer to various frameworks. These include auto-escaping template technologies, browser-based defenses such as Content Security Policy, and Javascript sandboxes such as the Google CAJA project and JSReg.

8:00 - ? After event social gathering - Cariera's

  • Tom Brennan is a Director at Spiderlabs/Trustwave, an OWASP Global Board Member and Chapter Leader for OWASP NY/NJ Metro.
  • Jim Manico is the VP of Security Architecture for WhiteHat Security, a web security firm. Jim is a participant and project manager of the OWASP Developer Cheatsheet series. He is also the producer and host of the OWASP Podcast Series.

Refreshments donated by Security Innovation.

University of Central Florida provided meeting space at the Medical College campus.

Inaugural Meeting October 19, 2011 6:30 PM at Seasons 52

We will be holding our first meeting on October 19 for an informal gathering of those interested in the OWASP mission. This is a chance to get to know the other members of the chapter and engage in the initial dialogue that will drive the direction of the group. We want to know what kinds of technologies you use or are interested in learning about, the challenges you are facing in your daily work and get a sense for the types of content you want to see at future meetings. I will bring some copies of various OWASP guides and possibly some other OWASP shwag to this initial meeting. We will be covering the OWASP mission, culture, and a high level view of OWASP projects. The format for this meeting will largely be discussion oriented. This is not currently a sponsored event, but we do have interested parties asking about sponsorship opportunities so this may change.

Presentation Archive

XSS Past Present and Future v2 - Jim Manico Orlando Q1 2012

Access Control Pitfalls - Jim Manico Orlando Q1 2012 (Optional 2nd talk not delivered at chapter meeting)

OWASP Where are we... Where are we going in 2012 - Tom Brennan Orlando Q1 2012

Application Firewalling in the Age of Mobile: New Considerations - Stephen Mak Orlando Q2 2012

Practical Android Security - Jack Mannino Orlando Q2 2012

Don't Drop the Soap: Real World Web Service Testing for Web Hackers - Kevin Johnson Orlando Q3 2012

Web Application Firewalls and Identity and Access Management Integration - Jan Poscobutt Orlando Q3 2012

OWASP Top 10 with Code Examples - Slides by Bill Riggins, Co-Presented with Tony Turner Orlando Q1 2013

Chapter Information

OWASP Orlando is newly formed as of August 2011. The first meeting was held on October 19, 2011 and was designed largely as a social event to bring new members together. After this initial informal meeting we are continuing with quarterly meetings focused on content that attendees can apply within their own environments for minimal or no-cost to their organizations. We do not tolerate vendor-centric presentations but do encourage vendors to present as long as they can keep their marketing attempts to a minimum and focus on the underlying issues and technology. Typically we have 2 speakers with topics designed to meet the needs of the Builder, Breaker and Defender communities. As of April 2012 have continued to meet this commitment. Keep watching this space for announcements about upcoming events. If you are interested in being a speaker or taking a more active leadership role within the chapter, please contact the chapter leaders at the link above. Everyone is welcome to join us at our chapter meetings. We track membership based on participation at the mailing list linked on this page and this will be the primary means of communication for the chapter. We also have a Linkedin group at


For information on becoming a supporter and associated benefits

Organizational Supporters

Symantec Corporation - 2012

Chapter Supporters

Cloudspace Venue Sponsor - OWASP Orlando 2013

Single Meeting Supporters

Security Innovation - OWASP Orlando Q1 2012 Fishnet Security - OWASP Orlando Q2 2012

Academic Supporters

UCF College of Medicine - OWASP Orlando Q1-Q2 2012