4th Annual AppSec California to Open the Year With a Must-Attend Powerhouse Application and Web Security Conference – Full Agenda and Expert Speaking Panel Announced

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Women in Security Panel

Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Santa Barbara chapters of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) today announced that ​the Agenda is complete for the Fourth Annual AppSec California taking place January 23 – 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, CA at the Annenberg Beach House. It’s time to secure a spot at the table and start selecting the breakouts to attend.

Taking place on the beach at the elegant Annenberg Beach House, this year’s conference will feature keynote speakers who understand the challenges and trends of the mercurial world of cybersecurity: Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, ​Chief Technology Officer at RSA, Gary McGraw, Chief Technology Officer, Cigital, and Chris Roberts, Chief Security Architect at Acalvio Technologies.

In addition to the keynotes, attendees will find a plethora of sessions to attend. Some of the application and web security topics included this year range from securing the Internet of Things (IoT) and the physical web to Java and Powershell apps; and from scaling testing in DevOps to crowdsourcing security.

Of course, no application security conference would be complete without killing passwords, taking a #securityselfie, finding unicorns, and a bit of Twubhubbook.

"We are really excited about AppSec Cali 2017; every year we wonder if we can pull off an event as great as the last, but we seem to have done it again,” says Caleb Queern, Manager, KPMG Cyber and chapter organizer of OWASP San Diego. “With application security experts from the likes of Google, LinkedIn, Cisco, DropBox, Facebook, Salesforce, and eBay giving talks, it feels like the location and the inertia we've built continues to bring back great content.”

For a complete list of all the great sessions the team has in store for this year’s attendees, the full agenda can be found here: https://appseccali2017.sched.com/

Celebrating Diversity
In addition to skill enhancement, attendees will gain insight into the infosec life from the female perspective in our new featured panel: Women in Security. Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities in cybersecurity for women from:

  • Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Deidre Diamond, Founder and CEO, CyberSN,
  • Kelly FitzGerald, Senior Principal Information Security Analyst, Veritas Technologies
  • Chenxi Wang, Chief Strategy Officer, Twistlock.

"Diversity within the cyber security industry is still a challenge - we have 11% women workforce as opposed to the over 20% women participation in the general high tech industry," says Wang, a panelist for the women in security panel. “I am pleased that AppSec California is putting this issue on the table and look forward to a thought-provoking discussion”

Of course, diversity extends beyond gender, which is one of the reasons the AppSec California planning committee offered scholarships for this year’s conference. The team is pleased to announce the winners of the scholarship:

  • Aaron S., an "at-large" member
  • Don N., Orange County Chapter
  • Vanessa R., Southern Nevada Chapter
  • Karla G., Los Angeles Chapter

Remember to Sign Up for Training
Just like last year, the training sessions kick off the conference will full-day trainings beginning at 9am Monday morning, January 23rd.

“The training opportunities are a great excuse to spend another day by the beach learning modern web app security too!” adds Queern.

Learn more about the training opportunities from these 4 experts:

  • Secure Coding Bootcamp for the Web – Jim Manico
  • Real World Red Team Attacks – Peter Kim
  • OWASP Top 10 – Exploitation and Effective Safeguards – David Caissy
  • The Best TLS Training in the World – Scott Helme

Welcome Sponsors!
Sponsorship opportunities are also available, both for the media and for vendors in the security industry. For more details and the full range of sponsorships, please visit: https://2017.appseccalifornia.org/sponsorship/.

Additional Information
For more information on AppSec California and for registration details, please visit https://2017.appseccalifornia.org/. Be sure to register today to reserve a place at the table.

About OWASP:
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a not-for-profit, worldwide organization focused on improving the security of application software. OWASP’s mission is to make application security visible to ensure that organizations and individuals can make informed decisions about true application security risks. Participation in OWASP is free of charge and open to the general public. All OWASP materials are available under a free and open software license. http://www.owasp.org

The OWASP Los Angeles chapter hosts a networking dinner on the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the Orange County chapter meets on the fourth Thursday. Function presentations are focused on what security is really about. Join the movement today! The San Diego chapter meets the third Thursday of every month.

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