6/9 Meeting: The Web is the Battleground; and Social Networks Lead the Charge

Date: June 9th, 2011
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 403
University of Washington Campus
Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/about/contact.html
Subject: The Web is the Battleground; and Social Networks Lead the Charge
Presenter: Corey Nachreiner

Our web browser has become the universal app. We no longer use it just to peruse static web pages, but to interact with a menagerie of complex online applications hosted “in the cloud.” While this evolution of web interactivity provides us with many new opportunities, and immense value, it has also made today’s web the most dangerous place on the Internet.

Join WatchGuard Senior Network Security Strategist and CISSP, Corey Nachreiner, to hear why he believes web-based threats will pose a huge risk to your network in 2011. During the talk, you will learn how the three most common web-based attacks — drive-by downloads, cross-site scripting (XSS), and SQL injection – work. You’ll even see them in action during sample attacks.

Nachreiner will also discuss why Social Networks sites are the worst “web-threat” offenders of them all. He’ll highlight three attributes that make Social Networks a ripe target for attackers, and likely the primary source of malware in the coming years.

Finally, and most importantly, you’ll learn practical steps you can take, and defenses you can erect, to protect yourself from these web-based threats. As the American cartoon, G.I. Joe, used to say, “Knowing is half the battle.”

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Corey Nachreiner has been with WatchGuard since 1999 and has since written more than a thousand concise security alerts and easily-understood educational articles. His security training videos have generated hundreds of letters of praise from thankful customers and accumulated more than 100,000 views on YouTube and Google Video. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Corey speaks internationally and is often quoted by other online sources, including C|NET, eWeek, and Slashdot. Corey enjoys “modding” any technical gizmo he can get his hands on, and considers himself a hacker in the old sense of the word. Today, you can find Corey’s most recent articles at WatchGuardSecurityCenter.com.

As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the
University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the
EE Department’s web site above. Parking is $5 after 5pm.