[Owasp-austin] Adversity: Good for software, good for the soul - HackFormers March 16th meeting

Mano Paul mano.paul at hackformers.org
Wed Feb 22 19:36:20 UTC 2012

Austin OWASP members:

This is to inform you and invite you to the March HackFormers educational
meeting on March 16th, 2012. HackFormers is a faith based Christian
organization of information security professionals, with the mission to
Teach Security, Teach Christ; Teach Security in Christ.

Details of the meeting are given below :
Speaker: James Wickett
InfoSec Professional and Cloud Operations Team Lead at National Instruments.
Date: March 16th, 2012
Venue: Microsoft Technology Center at Quarry Oaks 2.
Address: 10900 Stonelake Blvd. Suite 225. Austin, TX 78759

Topic: Adversity: Good for software, good for the soul
Adversity is a fact of software security­bad things happen both
intentionally and accidentally.  In the #infosec field there is a growing
undercurrent of belief that we need to build code that is Rugged meaning
code that is survivable, long-lasting and persistent in the face of
adversity.  When paired with DevOps the Rugged Software movement really
begins to hit a nerve.  The pairing, aptly called Rugged DevOps is where
security becomes an asset to the organization and no longer a drag on
The parallels to our daily lives are numerous.  Pages and pages have been
written on the topic and commonly the question of ³why bad things happen to
good people?² or some variation thereof comes up.  This question is a
question of our humanness and how we build our worldview around it is of
utmost importance.
This talk will discuss adversity in software and in the soul and how in the
end it works for the good.
Speaker Bio:
James graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2004 with a BBA in MIS,
where he also ran a Web startup company.  After graduating he joined the IT
division of National Instruments, where he worked on systems and operations
for the company¹s large-scale web site (ni.com), for several years.  Then he
moved on to lead the Web division of a rapidly growing local startup,
Community Impact. In 2010, he moved back to National Instruments to the R&D
division, where he leads the security and operations team for the company¹s
cloud-based SaaS products.
Over the last five years, James has been involved as a chapter leader of the
Austin OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) chapter and served as
President from 2007 to 2010.  He is the creator and founder of the Lonestar
Application Security Conference (LASCON) which is the largest annual
security conference in Austin.
He is a security expert, bearing CISSP, GWAPT, GCFW, GSEC and CCSK
James lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Laura and daughter Lydia.

Lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees. Just show up!
Seating is limited and we would appreciate a headcount for ordering lunch,
so please use the link below to register:

More information about the event and the HackFormers organization can be
found at http://www.hackformers.org
Thank you
Mano Paul

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