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February Meetup - Defensive Sysadmin

Title:  An analysis of security from infrastructure to applications and everything in between

Presenter: Edward Farrell is an experienced penetration tester from a global company engaged in development, delivery, and support of advanced security (among other things).


Ed will describe how an evolving threat landscape is constantly forcing the reorientation of how we defend networks. The purpose of this talk is to provide system and network administrators with an overview of common security deficiencies observed over the past 12 months.

Specifically, the talk will analyse:

• Security from an offensive perspective;

• The current state of infrastructure security;

• Web application security and issues identified in off the shelf and custom applications; and

• Effective defence through systems administration.

By the end of this talk, attendees will have an appreciation of practices they can employ in their roles as defenders.

Food and drinks are provided courtesy of Google Australia, our generous host for this meeting.  Please be on time to assist the smooth running of this event.

***  Note the new location!  ***


18:00 Pre-meeting drinks and food in Google's Cylon Tech Talk room

18:30 Meeting commences promptly - don't be late!
- Introductions and any general business
- Presentation
- Q & A and topical debate

20:00 (approx) Close - optionally adjourn to nearby pub for anyone keen to continue discussion.

RSVP: Please RSVP before noon on the day, here or by email to william.shipway at Google's security requirements mean we must know who's attending.  See "How to find us" above if you're late.

Archive: Previous presentation recordings are posted at

Distribution: Please feel free to redistribute this notice to anyone who may be interested.

Purpose: SAGE-AU is the peak member-focused organisation for IT professionals who are looking to build and grow their careers, as well as connect with other like-minded individuals. Our meetings bring together systems and network administrators, developers, infosec people, and other ICT professionals.

SAGE-AU meetings are intended as professional development for our members.  If you are not a SAGE-AU member, you are welcome to attend several meetings before we will ask you to join.  Please consider the benefits of becoming a member:

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  • Rich

    Competent & professional but not especially insightful. The Q&A was more engaging than the talk.

    February 19, 2014

  • Sam L.

    That's the live hangout URL

    February 18, 2014

  • Sam L.

    February 18, 2014

  • William S.

    The slide desk will be in the member wiki, and video will be available. Ping me if you don't see notification in the next few days.

    For anyone joining the Hangout on Air or YouTube stream, you'll find the URLs in the SAGE-AU web site event listing between 6pm and 6:30pm AEDT.

    February 18, 2014

  • Michael K.

    Alas gentleman I will not be able to attend this evening. Will the presentations be uploaded after the meetup?

    February 18, 2014

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