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Upcoming Cleveland OWASP Meeting Thursday, August 18, Noon to 2 p.m. SecureState Headquarters (23340 Miles Road, Bedford Heights, OH 44128) Featuring Rafal Los, “You’re Going to Need a Bigger Shovel – A Critical Look at Software Security Assurance”.

As always, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Sabrina Powers, via email by August 16th:

“You’re Going to Need a Bigger Shovel – A Critical Look at Software Security Assurance”

Talk Abstract: OWASP has certainly pushed forward many great advancements in Software Security Assurance, yet you are still fighting your organization to allow you to scan applications before they go live. Somewhere between the avalanche of site breaches, new technologies, and new apps, you are going to need a better strategy. Let’s face it, if you want to keep playing the game with today’s rules, you’re going to need a bigger shovel… or you can simply choose to evolve your game.

This talk will cover why Software Security Assurance programs are still lagging in a majority of organizations, and provide a critical look at how a shift in strategy can help you fall behind a little slower.

Speaker Bio: Rafal Los is a Global Security and Cloud Strategist for the software business at Hewlett-Packard (HP). Rafal brings together a decade and a half of security expertise coupled with a deep understanding of consumer and enterprise technology trends. Rafal combines knowledge of industry, customer, and technology solutions- bridging the gaps between security technologies and business needs, such as elastic, cloud-based computing.

Rafal focuses on how organizations can demonstrate the business value of security, and cloud solutions by implementing practical ideas and measuring risk reduction. He has spent over 12 years in various facets of information security and data protection, from technical research to building programs at companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50 enterprises. Rafal is a regular speaker at public and private information security and quality conferences (including OWASP, SecTor, Defcon, Black Hat, SANS, and others). Additionally, Rafal contributes regularly to organizations, such as OWASP and others promoting education, openness, and standards.

Prior to joining HP, Los led the web application security program and served as a security lead at a Global Fortune 100. Los also worked with various sub-businesses by leading security engineering, architecture, and by building web application security programs. Los has a long history of strategic success with organizations large and small, providing critical strategic leadership on products, services, and strategy.

Rafal received his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois.