• MoT Newcastle November Meetup - Web application hacking 101 with Jay Harris

    NOTE NEW DATE AND VENUE. WE HAVE MOVED BACK TO TUESDAYS AND BACK TO SCOTT LOGIC Details Timings: 18:00-18:15 arrival 18:15 Pizza 18:30 Introduction 18:35 Web application hacking[masked]:00 Pub! Jahmel, also known as Jay, is a security consultant, researcher and ethical hacker. With a background in software development and security, his work focuses both on the offensive “ethical hacking” side and in integrating secure coding practices into organisations and their project lifecycles. Jahmel has a proven record of finding and providing recommendations on high and critical risk issues for FTSE 250 companies. He pushes industry knowledge forward with published security research and regularly presents worldwide to hackers and software developers. As well as running Digital Interruption with Saskia, Jahmel started Manchester Grey Hats, a community group in Manchester that runs free workshops and events. MGH works to teach security skills to those looking to move into security roles. Security is an important requirement when developing quality applications, however it is often overlooked by both developers and testers. Instead, expensive consultants are called in to perform penetration testing. In a penetration test, an ethical hacker will attempt to discover as many vulnerabilities as they can within the testing window. As this is expensive, many applications go live without any security testing. In this talk, I will attempt to demystify security testing, showing why it's important and why you don't need to be a security experts to perform important security checks. We will take a real web application and go though the steps real world hackers would use to gain access to the server. Along the way, we will learn the tools and techniques used and understand how we could have tested this application before it went live. Ministry of Testing is all about testing. It’s a huge Worldwide community focused on the development on Testers to make us all awesome. From weekly newletters, e-learning platform, meetups, conferences workshops etc, the MoT in its many forms is a useful resource and a fantastic community to be apart of. At this meetup you can expect discussions and talks on a wide range of topics. Testing affects all aspects of Software Development so no subject is off topic. Sponsors: We are pleased to be sponsored by Scott Logic, Sage and Hainton. We would like to thank Scott Logic for providing the venue and drinks, and Sage for providing food this month. Without sponsorship putting on these events would simply not be possible.