- Ministry of Testing Sheffield: Mar '19 - Performance Testing
It’s time for our first meet-up as Ministry of Testing Sheffield! This months meet-up is on a topic we’ve not covered before and is something we as testers, are starting to be tasked with more and more; Performance Testing! Aviva have kindly offered to host this event again at their offices, so a big thanks to them again! In addition to having this swanky location for our meetup, we’ll also be providing pizza and soft drinks courtesy of Aviva. We're told that nearby street parking is free after 6:30. For our main event, Peter Mill, a Test Engineer at Aviva will be taking us over some general principles of Performance Testing. Which will have something for everybody, regardless of your experience level. He is a fountain of knowledge and an experienced performance tester so come prepared with your hardest and toughest performance related questions!
- ShefTest Feb '19 - Coaching & Mentoring
Hot on the back of our last meetup - the lean coffee event we hosted to gauge interest in various subjects - it’s time for our first “proper” meetup of the year. Coaching and Mentoring was a popular subject for discussion at the lean coffee event, however it was pretty clear it was a subject that most of us are in the early stages of thinking about. With that in mind, we’ve got a couple of talks planned that will hopefully get the creative juices flowing! Aviva have kindly offered to host this event at their offices, so a big thanks to them for that! In addition to having a swanky location for this meetup, we’ll also be providing pizza and assorted beverages including some beer courtesy of U Account. We're told that nearby street parking is free after 6:30. First up, our latest recruit to the ShefTest Team - Samuel Turner - is going to present a short talk about his first year as a Testing Mentor and the lessons he’s learnt along the way. For our main event, Anne-Marie Charrett will be delivering a talk on Mentoring & Coaching testers from Dublin via a webcast. Hopefully we’ll have tested this sufficiently beforehand to have no problems with it... Fingers crossed! Anne-Marie is a highly regarded name in the world of Software Testing - particularly on Coaching & Mentoring - so we’re very grateful to her for volunteering to speak to us at our tiny northern meetup!
- ShefTest January '19 - Lean Coffee
Happy new year! After the success of last year's Lean coffee, we thought we'd kick off ShefTest 2019 with another Lean Coffee style event! Lean Coffee is a really simple format to promote group discussion. The group suggests topics they want to cover, votes on which one to talk about first, and decides when to move on to the next one. We'll be using some of the outcomes from this evening to plan future meetups and to make sure we're talking about the things you want to hear. Check out http://leancoffee.org for more info. If anyone is interested to know what topics we discussed last year, check out the photos below. And as always, there'll be an opportunity for some networking afterwards. If you'd like to sponsor, host or speak at a future event then please do get in touch! And don't forget to keep an eye on the @steelbugs twitter account for details of upcoming events and updates. Hope to see you there. Iain.
- Xmas ShefTest : How the f**k do you test...
Yes, that's right! It's another festive round of 'How the f**k do you test...' This year we'll be applying the gifts of hindsight and testing to Home Alone. Maybe with some testers on the case, Kevin might not have been left behind and the McAllister's house might be a bit more secure. Or maybe we could put our black hats on and see how the Wet Bandits could have been a bit more successful as hackers. Err... I mean burglars. After that, plans are pretty relaxed... There'll be the usual dice and card games floating around. Take the chance to do a bit of networking. Or just kick back and have a chat with a beer. It's Christmas! December 4th. Rutland Arms. Doors open 6:30pm. Festivities kick off at 7. See you there!
- ShefTest Oct '18 - Mobile Security Testing Workshop Special!
After the massive success of the last 2 security based ShefTests we thought to ourselves "how are we going to top that?" Well, I think we may just have! For this months ShefTest, Jay Harris (@JayHarris_Sec) of Digital Interruption has kindly agreed to run his Mobile Security Testing Workshop and give you all the opportunity to try some hands on security testing which you can take away to use in your day to day testing! Blurb: "Security testing can seem like a daunting task that is best left to external contractors. In the very best case scenario, we hope that the expensive penetration test does not turn up any security issues as this is likely to delay the release. This workshop is aimed at mobile application software testers to help understand exactly what it is a penetration tester will do and why for most vulnerabilities, a security expert is not needed. In this workshop, we will look at how security testing can be carried out on Android applications oftentimes MORE successfully by testers that know the product inside and out." What do I need to bring? You will need to bring a laptop (Mac or Windows) with the following programs installed prior to the session (The venue does have wi-fi but we can't guarantee it will be fast or hold up if everyone needs to download everything on the night. It'll save valuable workshop time too.). * jadx (https://github.com/skylot/jadx/releases/tag/v0.7.1) * drozer (http://mobiletools.mwrinfosecurity.com/Installing-Drozer/) * burpsuite community edition (https://portswigger.net/burp/communitydownload) * Genymotion with Android 4.4 installed (or if you have a root Android device, you can use that instead) (https://www.genymotion.com/) * adb (https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools) * apktool (https://ibotpeaches.github.io/Apktool/) * Insecure Bank mobile app (https://github.com/dineshshetty/Android-InsecureBankv2) Due to venue constraints, im afraid we only have 20 spaces available and we have to vacate at 21:00. After the workshop we'll move to the nearest pub to carry on the discussion :) Get in quick as this is going to be a popular one! And please only sign up if you can make it as places are limited.
- Oh! Wasp!
How not to get stung... Yes, this month at ShefTest we're talking everything OWASP! We'll be having a run through the latest Top 10, looking at how to test for vulnerabilities and defend against them in the first place. Share your favourite security testing wins and fails. Bring a device if you want and we'll check out some vulnerable apps and VMs that you can practice on at home. < and here comes the usual end spiel. blah blah blah... if you'd like to present, sponsor or host a meetup then please do get in touch. >
- ShefTest Security Special
We've got a couple of great speakers lined up and an exciting new venue for this month too. With a proper projector and screen to boot! Join us at the Electric Works for an evening of security, skills and psychology. Thanks to Sky Bet Sheffield for providing the room and the beers. There's a slightly earlier than usual start of 6pm with talks kicking off at 6:30. We're anticipating a lot of Q&A on this subject too, so we'll almost certainly disband to a local public house afterwards to continue the chat. First up, Scott Storey with 'How to include security in your testing'. Security is hard, or at least everyone in security would like you to believe that. It’s surrounded in mystery and a seemingly impenetrable area for anybody other than “security professionals” to do. I made the move from test to security and in reality, lots of it is the same. This talk will take you through how I made the switch and what tools and techniques testers can bring in to begin including security testing in their work and where to go for more information. Following that, Steve Bates will be discussing 'The Psychological Aspects of Security'. Whilst it is often regarded as a technical role, the often overlooked aspects of the human psyche form an important part of a Red Teamers tooling. Beginning with the OSINT phase, I will discuss how you can use common and easily acquired information from social media to exploit people's trusting nature using phishing attacks. We will cover why certain phishing attacks are more successful than others, and why my Malteasers will beat your mimecast implementation. I will also branch into the often forgotten Red Team anxiety, that feeling you get when you're about to make your move, and how this plays into your favour as a Red Teamer. I look forward to seeing you all there, and please come armed with questions! Not just around the talk, I'm happy to answer questions no matter how basic they may seem.
- ShefTest April ‘18 - Automated Testing Lightning Talks
It’s that time again! One of the biggest talking points at our last Lean Coffee event was automated testing! So, come join us for some 10 minute lightning talks on people’s automation frameworks and approaches to automated testing. We already have a couple of volunteers, but anyone is welcome to standup and give a quick summary of how they use automated tests and how they write them. No slides are necessary, and there will be a whiteboard should you need it! (Doodles and drawings are also optional). See you there! For those wondering why Marches ShefTest is in April, unfortunately we struggled to get a room at the Rutland :( (They’re getting popular!)
- ShefTest January '18 - Lean Coffee
Happy new year! We're kicking off ShefTest 2018 with a Lean Coffee style event at the end of the month. Lean Coffee is a really simple format to promote group discussion. The group suggests topics they want to cover, votes on which one to talk about first, and decides when to move on to the next one. We'll be using some of the outcomes from this evening to plan future meetups and to make sure we're talking about the things you want to hear. Check out http://leancoffee.org for more info. And as always, there'll be an opportunity for some networking afterwards. If you'd like to sponsor, host or speak at a future event then please do get in touch! And don't forget to keep an eye on the @steelbugs twitter account for details of upcoming events and updates. Hope to see you there. Iain.
- Xmas ShefTest: The ‘Fun & Games’ episode.
Ho ho ho! Merry ShefTest! 🎄 In a change to the usual presentation format, we've got some tenuously test related fun and games for the Christmas edition. First up... How the f**k do you test: Die Hard An idea lovingly borrowed from the Test Atelier in Leeds last month, and just wouldn't have the same impact without the sweary title (sorry mum). The 'How the f**k do you test Jurassic Park' session was a lot of fun and looked into how various dinosaur based disasters could have been prevented with just a little bit of testing. Because it's not Christmas until Hans Gruber falls off Nakatomi Plaza, we'll be taking a look at some of the key points in Die Hard and discussing how some forward planning and analysis could have saved young Bruce from all of that bare footed running about. Yippee-ki-yay mother flippers! Then, after a short break... Games. Thats it. That's all you're getting. I'm not giving anything away. I don't want any spoilers. But wait. There's more... Win some swag in our Christmas Jumper Competition: The lovely people at uAccount (https://www.uaccount.uk/) are putting up a prize for the best (or worst?) Christmas jumper. (p.s. They're based in Sheffield and they're hiring (https://www.uaccount.uk/careers)!) Drink some beer! The equally lovely people at SkyBet are providing a bar tab, to help facilitate maximum audience participation. (p.s. They're also based in Sheffield and always hiring (https://www.skybetcareers.com/our-locations/sheffield)!) November 30th. Rutland Arms. Doors open 6:30pm. Festivities kick off at 7. See you there! Iain. Would you like to present at or sponsor a ShefTest in 2018? Are you doing something cool or new? Would you like to see YOUR gratuitous 'we're hiring' message here? Then do get in touch. :o)