Monthly Meeting – January/2016

January has come in and autumn.. err.. winter is here! Even if winter has failed to show up properly, we are here as usual, to talk this month about Security!

Note: We are always on the lookout for speakers and sponsors. Are you willing to give a talk or do you want to host AsmterdamPHP? Please contact us!


19:00: Welcome Drinks 
19:30 – 20:30: Talk 
20:30 – 20:45: Raffle 
20:45: Social, drinks and Pizza

Talk: Security Theatre

This is not your normal security talk. 

Sure we talk about secure communication and the importance of hashing and encrypting (and why rolling your own is never a solution). We might even get frisky and cover some more interesting topics like true randomness, timed attacks and social engineering. 

But what we’re really interested in is understanding what that hacker is trying to do on your site, what the motivation is and, using this, understand where you need to be vigilant. 

We’re also going to talk about the results from an ongoing 4 year project to see just how vulnerable the average consumer website is. Theodore Sturgeon famously said 90% of everything is crud, we’ll get to see just how close we come to that number. 

So if you’re ready to see how scary the dark depths of security can be and just how scary it is when you look up and see all the leaky boats above us is, this is for you.

Speaker: Thomas Shone

I’ve been working with PHP since 2005 and have been working remotely since 2010. Until recently I lived in South Africa. Now I live in Amsterdan, I have a fondness for Composer, php-fig and security stuff. On occasion I’ve been known to point out vulnerabilities in payment gateways. On occasion I’ve been threatened with legal action for doing this.

We got some awesome stuff to give away this month, so make sure you attend another awesome meetup!