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Security Concerns around Remote Employees

In the cloud-based economy, businesses of every size are hiring remote employees. Remote employees may decrease their capital costs, free the business from location limitations, and provide many of the intangible benefits of remote working. The increased number of employees working from diverse locations on a growing number of devices create several issues a business …

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Professionally Evil Courses: Ride Along Penetration Testing

Secure Ideas is excited to announce the latest class in our Professionally Evil Course series: Ride Along Penetration Testing.  This course will be held on October 9th at 2PM eastern. Unlike so many other courses, this is not a typical “here is a tool and how to use it” course.  In this 2 hour course, James …

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Secure Coding for Developers at Kingston MakerSpace, May 5-6

I’m excited to announce that I will be returning to my hometown of Kingston, Ontario to teach a two-day, hands-on Secure Coding course at Kingston MakerSpace, May 5-6, 2014.  This course is geared towards software developers who want to learn the details of common web application attacks and what coding strategies to use to properly …

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Professionally Evil Courses: Ride Along Penetration Testing

Secure Ideas is excited to announce the latest class in our Professionally Evil Course series: Ride Along Penetration Testing.  This course will be held on March 11th at 2PM eastern. Unlike so many other courses, this is not a typical “here is a tool and how to use it” course.  In this 2 hour course, …

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HealthCare.gov: Basic Security Failures and IT Bloopers

Secure Ideas has tested hundreds, if not thousands, of applications over the years we have been in business.  Based on this experience, along with our public classes and presentations around application security, Dave Kennedy of TrustedSec asked me to review the details of security flaws within HealthCare.gov.  As part of this review, Dave provided a …

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Scary Web Services: Part 2

This post may seem timely in light of the recent Snapchat compromise.  Although Snapchat’s breach appears to be due to some poor assumptions around an “internal” Snapchat API, it is not the type of traditional web service that I was thinking about when I was planning this post.  This said, Snapchat’s API is still technically …

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Professionally Evil Speaking: Addressing the Real Issues Around Compliance in the Cloud Panel

Secure Ideas is excited to announce that I will be speaking as part of a panel later this month.  On January 30th in Denver, Colorado, the Addressing the Real Issues Around Compliance in the Cloud panel will be held at Mile High Station.  This panel will run from 4pm to 6pm. Faced with HIPAA, PCI, FISMA …

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