[Owasp-austin] OWASP Austin: August+ Chapter events!

Kyle Smith kyle.smith at owasp.org
Tue Aug 5 02:42:03 UTC 2014

Howdy Austin OWASPers!

Can you believe it is already August?  Where has the summer gone?  The
weather in Austin has been wildly mild this summer and it already feels
like fall, at least for a few days!  If it gets back to the usual heat,
come inside for an OWASP event!

Next Week!

Austin Security Professionals Happy Hour Sponsored by Trustwave, August

When: Thursday, August 14th, 5-7PM
Where: Sherlocks Street Pub and Grill 9012 Research Blvd

Sponsor: Trustwave

What: The Austin Security Professionals Happy Hour is a monthly event
coordinated by the Austin OWASP and Capital of Texas ISSA Chapters and
sponsored by various companies. We try to meet every second Thursday of the
month from January to September (but occasionally we make schedule
adjustments when needed). The event is an informal social gathering of
local information security professionals. If you're involved with InfoSec
or even if you have an interest, come on out for drinks, good food and
conversation.  (No chapter or organization membership is needed to attend.)

RSVP: https://aus-sec-happy-hour-2014-08.eventbrite.com
-- No RSVP required, but it helps the chapter to estimate tabs!

OWASP Monthly Meeting on August 26th

When: 11:30AM to 1PM CST -- food socializing first, meeting starts around
Location: National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Building C

Title: Identifying Web Attacks via Data Analysis

Abstract: This presentation will look at detection of SQL injection using
Machine Learning as well as profiling web traffic to find misbehaving
hosts. The goal is to get beyond "Top N" types of analysis and begin using
multiple features to guide us towards interesting traffic. With these
techniques multiple log types can be used, everything from web server logs
to proxy logs.

Speaker: Mike Sconzo

About: Mike enjoys attempting to solve/solving interesting security
problems with data analysis. He's spent most of his career on the defensive
side, and is constantly looking for new ways to detect suspicious and
malicious behavior. His background is heavy in network analysis and most of
the explored techniques revolve around use cases involved with network

Food: Its a surprise! Please RSVP so we'll be sure to have enough for all!
Only those who RSVP will be eligible for any drawings/giveaways that may
take place!

RSVP: https://owasp-austin-2014-august.eventbrite.com

Or if you can not attend we should be broadcasting the meeting GoToMeeting.
 Register at -- https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/964729742


OWASP Study Group

It is never too late to come to the study group.  Even if you missed a
meeting or two or just want to start, the study group is a great place to
learn security related materials like the latest book -- The Practice of
Network Security Monitoring: Understanding Incident Detection and Response
by Richard Bejtlich

Weekly meetings are every Thursday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at National
Instruments, Building A, Room 217.

See the MyOWASP Ning site for more information --

Registration is open for the conference on October 23rd and 24th!  Early
bird rate ended on July 31st, but this conference is still one of the best
in the local area for its price.  Register today at

BTW.. if you have a training session to present at LASCON, those can be
submitted via the CFP link .  Typically, training is the Tuesday/Wednesday
before the conference.  Submit training at the lascon.org site


If you didn't know, OWASP is hosting the national conference in Denver this
year.  Go find out more at http://2014.appsecusa.org/2014/

Do you want to volunteer your time or expertise for OWASP?  We are always
on the lookout for volunteers for local events.

Josh Sokol is leading the effort for the UT Cyber Security Awareness
conference on October 21st.  Please contact him directly at
josh.sokol at owasp.org if you want to volunteer.

David Hughes is currently leading the effort for all things LASCON.  Please
contact him directly at david.hughes at owasp.org if you want to volunteer for
the conference or help in the lead-up to it.

As always, more chapter information can be found at:
and study group information at:
If you missed any of the monthly presentations, you can find them online in
our Vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/715144

If there are any questions about the chapter, its activities, or general
ideas please email off list.

Till next time!
kyle.smith at owasp.org
OWASP Austin, chapter leader
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