The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Los Angeles Chapter is teaming up with the Orange County, San Diego, SF Bay Area, and the Inland Empire chapters to bring you the FIFTH Annual AppSec California. The event is a one of a kind experience for information security professionals, developers, and QA and testing professionals, as they gather at the beach from around the world to learn and share knowledge and experiences about secure systems and secure development methodologies.

One and Two-day training sessions on various subjects by expert trainers kick off the conference on January 28th. World renown speakers follow on days three and four.

There will be four concurrent tracks throughout the day on both January 30 and 31, addressing a variety of topics to enhance knowledge.

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Wednesday, January 31 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
A Tour of API Underprotection

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Abstract :
Effective API protection is a growing concern, reflecting the popularity of RESTful Web APIs and richer front-end clients which stress current security and access authorization approaches. You’ll learn about potential threats resulting from undersecured Web APIs and techniques to strengthen your API security posture. You'll gain a clear understanding of user authorization via OAuth2, software authorization via static API keys and the critical interplay between them. Of particular concern are mobile API consumers whose code is statically published with secrets which are often poorly concealed. Practical advice with code examples will show how to improve mobile API security. TLS is necessary but insufficient to fully secure client-server communications. Certificate pinning is explained with code examples to show how to strengthen channel communications. Some advanced techniques will be discussed such as app hardening, white box cryptography and mobile app attestation. You should gain a good understanding of the underprotected API problem, with some immediately practical tips to improve your API security posture and a sense of emerging tools and technologies that enable a significant step change in API security.

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Skip Hovsmith

Principal Engineer and VP Americas, CriticalBlue
Skip Hovsmith is a Principal Engineer and VP Americas for CriticalBlue, working on securing API usage between mobile apps and backend services. Previously, Skip consulted with CriticalBlue customers on accelerating mobile and embedded software running on multicore and custom coprocessor... Read More →

Wednesday January 31, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm PST
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