Choosing Better Open Source: From a Security Perspective

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We're excited to be having our next technical talk at Twitter! (Please note that you will need to submit your first and last name for security purposes.)

Today’s fast-paced development environment using Open Source packages, Python, Node.js (and others) is a path fraught with danger. From uncurated repositories to small packages pulling in hundreds if not thousands of dependencies, there is a need to be more aware of the
potential dangers. Years ago, left-pad on npm was removed by a developer which ultimately brought down high profile projects around the world. Three years later, malware was injected into a library that affected thousands of additional projects.

This presentation will give you some core understandings to help you
lower the risk projects face by using Open Source Software.

This talk is targeted towards all levels from beginner to advanced.

6:00pm-6:30pm: Networking, settling in
6:30pm-6:45pm: Introduction
6:45pm-6:55pm: A few words from Michele Austin of Twitter
6:55pm-8:00pm: Choosing Better Open Source: From a Security Perspective
8:00pm-8:30pm: Networking and wrap up

Our host:

Michele Austin is the Head of Government, Public Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter Canada. She works closely with government partners and policy stakeholders to help create good public policy and meaningful content on Twitter.

Michele has been helping organizations work with government for more than 20 years. In 2006 she became the first female Chief of Staff of the Industry Canada portfolio. Michele is also a well known political commentator in Ottawa, having appeared on CTV’s Power Play for 10 years.

Michele is a first generation Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. She lives with her husband and three unruly teenagers in Kanata, Ontario.

Our Speaker:

Miki is a writer and Public Speaker for technical subjects as well as
Diversity & Inclusion and other social subjects. Her passion lies with
advocating for underrepresented communities in Tech. Her career has
encompassed everything from firmware to application space.She has worked with teams providing full stack development. Her last 8 years have had a Security focus as the Security Champion for the Open Source Technology Center @ Intel. She currently works as a Security Researcher In the IPAS GO (formerly Security Center of Excellence) working on Secure Development Lifecycle governance and as Product Security Expert for Open Source Software. She also has many outside interests including volunteering as a TrevorChat Crisis Counselor, Women Who Code PDX Evangelist, Women of Security PDX founder, Portland Women in Tech, and the Diana Initiative to help drive diversity and true inclusion while advocating for women in the STEM fields.