We are pleased to announce the first annual AppSec New Zealand Conference, to be held at the University of Auckland on Friday and Saturday, 12-13 February 2021. The AppSec New Zealand Conference, presented in collaboration with the OWASP New Zealand Chapter, is a two-day conference dedicated to information security, with an emphasis on secure architecture and development techniques to help Kiwi developers build more secure applications.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is, primarily, an in-person event. The Program Committee will consider submissions from speakers unable to travel to New Zealand for the conference, and technical support will be available for remote presentation. However, to promote a spirit of collaboration, only a limited number of presenter-remote talks will be selected. The conference time zone is NZDT (UTC+13).
Our separate Call for Trainers (CfT) for the Pre-Conference Training event on 10-11 February, can be found here.
The AppSec New Zealand Conference, presented in collaboration with the OWASP New Zealand Chapter, welcomes high-quality speakers from a variety of security disciplines, including architects, Web developers and engineers, system administrators, penetration testers, policy specialists, and more.
We would like a variety of technical levels in the presentations submitted, corresponding to the three focus areas of the conference:
- Introductions to various InfoSec/AppSec topics, and to OWASP projects/tools (Introductory)
- Policy, Compliance and Risk Management (Management)
- Technical topics in Application Security (Technical)
Introductory talks should appeal to an intermediate to experienced software developer, without requiring a solid grounding in application security or knowledge of OWASP projects or tools. These talks should be engaging, encourage developers to learn more about information security, and give them techniques that they can immediately return to work and apply to their jobs.
Given our association with the local OWASP Chapter, the selection process for talks in Track One will give priority to those related to OWASP’s Projects, Tools, and Guidance (check out the current OWASP Project Inventory for more information). If multiple submissions are received related to the same OWASP Project/Tool, preference will be given to speakers actively involved as leaders or members of the respective project teams.
We would also like to invite talks that will appeal to those interested in the various non-technical topics that are important in our industry. These Management talks could focus on the development of policies, dealing with compliance obligations, managing risks within an enterprise, or other issues that could appeal to those in management roles.
Technical topics are running all day and should appeal to either of two audiences - experienced software security testers or researchers, and software developers who have a “OWASP Top Ten” level of understanding of web attacks and defences. You could present a lightning, short or long talk on something you have researched, developed yourself, or learned in your travels. Ideally the topics will have technical depth or novelty, so the majority of attendees learn something new.
We encourage presentations to have a strong component on fixing and prevention of security issues. We are looking for presentations on a wide variety of security topics, including but not limited to:
- Web application security
- Mobile security
- Cloud security
- Secure development
- Vulnerability analysis
- Threat modelling
- Application exploitation
- Exploitation techniques
- Threat and vulnerability countermeasures
- Penetration Testing
- Browser and client security
- Application and solution architecture security
- PCI DSS
- Risk management
- Security concepts for C*Os, project managers and other non-technical attendees
- Privacy controls