Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA

Securing organizations through bad behavior

Laura Bell (SafeStack)
9:35am–9:55am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 64 ratings)
Slides:   1-PPTX 

BAD PEOPLE want to attack your systems and organizations. They may already have your information and for all we know they are already using your servers to stream movies. Your core application is horribly insecure and you should be DOING STUFF about it.

Sound familiar?

Information security is a challenging area for most organizations. We are all familiar with what happens when it goes wrong—we are bombarded with news coverage. We can all name the victims of attacks and the harsh prices those organizations pay.

Knowing we are at risk is not enough. We must have the skills and knowledge to not just understand security threats but prevent them.

For years we have dabbled in security testing and behaviors via outsourcing or isolating them from our workflows; but despite consistent increases in spending, the situation is getting worse. The number of attacks is increasing.

What if we need to change direction? How can we learn to think and behave like our attackers, and make destructive security play part of our day-to-day business operations? Are we too well-behaved to be secure?

This talk will challenge the way we weave security into our testing, operations, and development workflows and asks everyone, at every level, to take a walk on the darker side of life. Outlining tools, techniques, and workflow strategies to make your organizations and applications safer and more secure, let me teach you how to think like an attacker so we can be more prepared to defend against them.

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Laura Bell


With almost a decade of experience in software development and information security, Laura specializes in bringing security survival skills, practices, and culture into organisations of every shape and size.

An experienced conference speaker, trainer, and regular panel member, Laura has spoken at a range of events such as Kiwicon, Linux Conf AU, and Microsoft TechEd on the subjects of privacy, covert communications, agile security, and security mindset.

Laura is the founder of SafeStack, a specialist security training, development, and consultancy firm. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and daughter.