yvrTesting is a Vancouver-based user group focused on sharing experiences and ideas around software quality assurance and testing. Each month, a speaker or panel from the Vancouver high-tech community will provide a presentation or workshop to the members of this group. Additionally, open discussion and collaboration is encouraged using the platform provided here.
Time for another yvrTesting! This month we welcome back an old friend to yvrTesting - Jim Peers. Last year Jim (with the my help actually) was sent down the task of learning to be the Security Testing resource for his organisation. This was new for Jim just as it would be new for most of us. But security and security testing is become more prevalent every day and it's essential for a tester to learn some fluency in the security testing realm. Jim's here to provide his unique view into that journey.
As testers, we are always learning new tools and methods. Sometimes, there is an opportunity to dive into a whole new discipline. As part of our company's growing offering in QA, my team was given training in security testing. Shortly after the conclusion of that training, I was tasked with security testing for one of our clients. That work is ongoing. In this talk, I will discuss the training, tools we learned to use, and some of the challenges testers face when ramping up on security testing. I will also discuss my current client project, and some of the interesting findings.
Jim Peers As a Senior QA Engineer at OXD, Jim conducts manual, UI, and API automation tests to validate the work produced by our Development team. Jim brings more than 20 years of experience in software development, and has worked previously as a developer, project manager, and product manager.
Jim’s industry experience stretches across higher education, lotteries and gaming, natural resources, digital media, and government. Since joining OXD, Jim has contributed to our work on Pokémon, the Government of Alberta, Honeywell, WorkBC, and the BC Supreme Court.
Interesting factoid: before joining the world of software development, Jim was a research scientist and completed a Ph.D in Chemical Physics [ed note - lasers! Jim worked with and studied lasers!]. Outside of work, you’ll find Jim playing an instrument (piano, guitar, bass, drums), singing, or golfing. [ed note - cheese. i read Jim's FB - he pretty much only posts about cheese]