As a pioneer in the software development and security field, Jeff Williams is one of the world’s foremost  experts on application security.  Williams is the co-founder and CEO of Aspect Security, a consulting firm  focused exclusively on application security that supports a worldwide clientele with critical applications  in the government, defense, financial, healthcare, services and retail sectors. Williams and his team at Aspect Security are founding members of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), through  which Williams has made industry contributions including: the OWASP Top Ten, Enterprise Security API  (ESAPI), Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS), Risk Rating Methodology and WebGoat. Williams holds advanced degrees in psychology, computer science and human factors, and graduated cum laude from Georgetown Law.


The Unfortunate Reality of Insecure Libraries

Many organizations have started application security programs to focus on finding and subsequently preventing vulnerabilities in their custom code. However, the widespread use of common libraries introduces risks that are widely ignored and unappreciated. In this study, we analyze over 113 million library downloads from the Maven Central repository of the 31 most popular Java frameworks and security libraries by over 500,000 companies. The data show that there are a surprising amount of libraries with known vulnerabilities in common use. We also conclude that most organizations do not appear to have a strong process in place for ensuring that the libraries they rely on are up-to-date and free from known vulnerabilities.

Understanding IAST More Context Better Analysis

Automated tools for application security are either “static” (SAST) or “dynamic” (DAST). But recently a new class of “interactive” or “intrinsic” (IAST) tools have emerged — some are calling them “hybrid” analysis tools. Is this finally application security automation that works? Or is it just another round of hype and false alarms. In this talk, Jeff will explain IAST technology and how it can be used to find security vulnerabilities. We’ll cover the full range of IAST approaches, from simple URL-to-code informers, to dynamic test generators, and all the way to fully integrated vulnerability detectors. How can we compare the performance of these new tools? Jeff will share experiences using the static analysis test suite from the NSA to evaluate tool results. Finally, we’ll discuss some of the implications of detecting vulnerabilities in running applications, from getting better security results from QA teams to the possibility of a future where all apps (web, mobile, cloud, desktop, etc) detect and report their own vulnerabilities while they are being used.