SGVLUG - Protected Python: It’s time we had "the talk" about security

San Gabriel Valley Tech
San Gabriel Valley Tech
Public group

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

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There won't be any food at the venue aside from some cookies in honor of Valentine's Day. Eat beforehand or bring your own dinner/beverage.

This month, James Mertz is giving a sneak preview of a talk he will be giving at an upcoming conference. Come prepared to give feedback.

Today, developers and users of Python are being attacked on a daily basis, most of the time, without their knowledge. We need to be more aware of these attacks and weaknesses to make more educated design decisions for our Python code.
In this talk we’ll go over some of the major vulnerabilities we face when it comes to developing Python application and cybersecurity principles. We’ll also cover different ways to protect yourself from these attacks.


James grew up staring at the stars with awe wondering what opportunities await to be discovered. Now he works at his dream job for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory helping to further our understanding of the cosmos. When he isn’t working (aka building robots), James can be found studying for his second master’s in Cyber Security, writing articles for, or teaching Intro to Python at the local community college in Pasadena. He is frequently seen at Disneyland, the beach, and the dog park alongside his wife of 10 years, 2 kids, and trusty dog SamWise.

About the SGVLUG

SGVLUG is one of the oldest and most active Linux User Groups in the Greater Los Angeles area. In addition to Linux, the group also shares interests in other free and open source software, all forms of technology, and the discussion of issues that arise with the these new tools, such as privacy rights. SGVLUG attracts members from throughout LA County including Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, and eastward throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Our members include software developers, system administrators, hardware engineers, and software users of all levels of experience. Many work in the technology field as employees, contractors or consultants, and enjoy the learning and networking opportunities available from the group. We also have many members that serve as volunteers of their time and skills at various local events, including the annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE).

About our venue sponsor, STEM World:

STEM World is LA’s newest all-in-one STEM education center. It’s a true STEM-immersion experience, complete with a real laboratory and technology makerspace, state-of-the-art classroom, a “living world” wall with real habitats, all in a 2000 sqft space that will inspire your future scientist!

With year-round kids workshops, labs and camps, we provide a unique environment and experience that no other STEM center can offer. Our curriculum is also uniquely designed based on real teaching experience in the newest science standards (NGSS), as well as being creative and engaging.

At STEM World, we live and breathe science and technology and it shows in everything that we do. Experience STEM like no place on the planet! Visit us at or call[masked] to see for yourself.