The OWASP Northern VA Local Chapter meetings are FREE and OPEN to anyone interested in learning more about application security. We encourage individuals to provide knowledge transfer via hands-on training and presentations of specific OWASP projects and research topics and sharing SDLC knowledge. The chapter is committed to providing an engaging experience for a variety of audience types ranging from local students and those beginning in app-sec, to those experienced and accomplished professionals who are looking for competent collaborators for OWASP-related projects. To this end, we will continue to conduct both monthly chapter meetings as well as out-of-band curricula, on application security topics.
Abstract: It doesn't take much to realize that the world of IoT has exploded. How many now have a Ring doorbell and are using Alexa to control their homes? Sensors, indicators and trackers are everywhere and many times we are not even aware of it. But in a world where there is an ever-increasing threat landscape and more attacks then ever, where does security fit in? How do we balance convenience, speed and data integrity? And when we realize that behind every device is an application that will process that data and then communicate to another application, how do we ensure that those applications are secure? This is why Application Security and DevSecOps are so important in this space and make all the difference between success and failure.
Bio: Rob is currently a Global Application Security Sales Evangelist for HCL providing thought leadership for the application security space, particularly as it relates to DevOps and DevSecOps initiatives. Prior to this role, Rob was with IBM for 14 years with roles in Application Security Evangelism, Worldwide Sales Enablement, Tiger Teams and Field Services for the Management and Platform Segment offerings in IBM Cloud. Rob has worked with clients all over the world to help address their challenges in ways that bring a positive impact to the business bottom line. Rob has spoken at numerous events and conferences, including Evanta CISO Summits, THINK, InterConnect, DevloperConnect, IBM Top Guns and many customer events. Prior to IBM, Rob spent 13 years with 5 different companies working as a configuration management specialist with an emphasis on Rational tooling. Rob graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and is an avid fan of college football. When not at work, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, serving with his church, running and cycling. You can connect with Rob via LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram but the best way is by joining the “Robservatory” on twitter using the handle @Robservatory.