Pushing Security and Inclusion Left - Like a Boss

OWASP Melbourne - Application Security
OWASP Melbourne - Application Security
Public group

NAB Auditorium

800 Bourke Street, Docklands · Melbourne

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A special and diverse Security evening with Tanya Janca (@shehackspurple, Co-founder & CEO of Security Sidekick), Michael Tozer (@michaeltozer, CEO @XceptionalTech) & Liam O (@liamosaur, Director of Consulting Assurance).

For the lead-up to our upcoming AppSec Day Conference we are putting on a special meetup to talk about adding security controls earlier into the SDLC and how to build stronger teams with more diverse perspectives and experiences. We would like this to be a welcoming evening, for anyone interested in learning or actively working in the security or engineering space.

A massive thank you to our sponsors SEEK, Secure Code Warrior & NAB!


- Arriving, Pizza, Drinks & Networking
- Welcome to Country - Chris Howes, NAB

- Security Talk “Pushing Left Like a Boss” - Tanya
- Cognitive Diversity - Michael

- Panel on Security & Diversity - Liam, Tanya, Michael

- Event End

With incident response and penetration testing currently receiving most of our application security dollars, it would appear that industry has decided to treat the symptom instead of the disease. “Pushing left” refers to starting security earlier in the SDLC; addressing the problem throughout the process. From scanning your code with a vulnerability scanner to red team exercises, developer education programs and bug bounties, this talk will show you how to ‘push left', like a boss.

Tanya Janca (@shehackspurple) is the co-founder & CEO of Security Sidekick. Her obsession with securing software runs deep, from starting her company, to running her own OWASP chapter for 4 years and founding the OWASP DevSlop open-source and education project. With her countless blog articles, workshops and talks, her focus is clear. Tanya is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion, co-founding the international women’s organization WoSEC, starting the online #MentoringMonday initiative, and personally mentoring, advocating for and enabling countless other women in her field. As a professional computer geek of 20+ years, she is a person who is truly fascinated by the ‘science’ of computer science.

At a time of huge shortages in technology talent projected to reach 3 million globally by 2022, businesses are in search of creative solutions. On the other hand, autistic people face huge employment barriers despite many having highly sought after skills. The UN estimates that 80% of the 125 million people with autism globally are unemployed or underemployed.
Mike will unpack the idea of cognitive diversity and share practical case studies from this unique work which has been recognised through $1 million from Google.
The session will include a practical immersion experience, designed to give a glimpse of what life is like if you have significant sensory processing challenges, as do some autistic people.

Mike (@michaeltozer) is the founder & CEO of Xceptional, a tech platform that connects autistic people to jobs in IT and has been featured on ABC’s Employable Me. Xceptional has been recognised by a number of awards, including Westpac Business of Tomorrow and the Google.Org Impact Challenge. In his spare time, Mike is an elite runner with Team Brooks and has the world record for the fastest half marathon in a business suit!

+ Tanya Janca
+ Mike Tozer
+ Liam O
+ Victoria Schiffer (MC)

Liam (@liamosaur) is a former developer turned pentester. His passion is not just breaking systems, but providing empathetic and actionable advice on how they can be improved. Liam is Director of Consulting at Assurance and is a duck enthusiast \_o<

Victoria (@erdbeervogel) is an Agile Technology Leader in the Cyber Security space. Having kicked off her Technology career as a Software Engineer for 7 years, she loves working in Tech with diverse groups of people to collaborate on complex business challenges.