April 30, 2010

      Rafal Los from HP Speaking at the May 19th Meeting

We are excited to announce that Rafal Los from HP will be speaking at the May 19th meeting.  He will be giving his talk from the Source Boston conference “Into the Rabbit Hole: Execution Flow-Based Web Application Testing”.  Here is the talk abstract and his bio:

Since the caveman first fashioned a spear humans have been using tools to make them more efficient and effective. Unfortunately, today’s analysts often misunderstand the role tools play in testing web applications. While tools can be quite good at mapping a web application’s attack surface there is still much human analysis that must be done to find the elusive defects that lie just below the surface. That human analysis is daunting and irregular … until now. The answer is an execution-flow-based approach to application security testing. By first understanding application logic and execution flow it is possible to completely map a web application’s attack surface, and therefore fully test the application. Along the way, we will cover the principles of data-flow analysis, application process mapping and building execution-flow diagrams (EFDs), which together form a complete picture of the web application and allow an analyst to uncover potentially critical defects.

Speaker Bio:
Senior Security Specialist and Web Application Security evangelist with Hewlett-Packard’s Application Security Center (ASC), Rafal Los has more than thirteen years of experience in network and system design, security policy and process design, risk analysis, penetration testing, and consulting. For the past eight years, he has focused on information security and risk management, leading security architecture teams, and managing successful enterprise security programs for General Electric and other Fortune 100 companies, as well as SMB enterprises. Previously, Rafal spent three years in-house with GE Consumer Finance, leading its web application security programs.

Stay tuned for the full agenda announcement in the next few days!  We hope to see you May 19th!


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