Top Strategies to Capture Security Intelligence for Applications

Presented at AppSec USA 2012, Oct. 26, 2012, 4 p.m. (45 minutes)

Security professionals have years of experience logging and tracking network security events to identify unauthorized or malicious activity on a corporate network. Unfortunately, many of today's attacks are focused on the application layer, where the fidelity of logging for security events is less robust. Most application logs are typically used to see errors and failures and the internal state of the system, not events that might be interesting from a security perspective. Security practitioners are concerned with understanding patterns of user behavior and, in the event of an attack, being able to see an entire user's session. How are application events different from network events? What type of information should security practitioners ensure software developers log for event analysis? What are the types of technologies that enable application-level logging and analysis? In this presentation, John Dickson will discuss what should be present in application logs to help understand threats and attacks, and better guard against them.

Presenters:

  • John Dickson - Principal - Denim Group
    John Dickson is an internationally recognized security leader, entrepreneur and Principal at Denim Group, Ltd. He has nearly 20 years hands-on experience in intrusion detection, network security and application security in the commercial, public and military sectors. Dickson is a popular speaker on security at industry venues including the RSA Security Conference, the SANS Institute, the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and at other international security conferences. He is a sought-after security expert and regularly contributes to Dark Reading and other security publications. A Distinguished Fellow of the International Systems Security Association, he has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 1998. As a Denim Group Principal, he helps executives and Chief Security Officers (CSO's) of Fortune 500 companies and government organizations launch and expand their critical application security initiatives.

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