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Laura Bell, SafeStack

With almost a decade of experience in software development, penetration testing and information security, Laura specialises in bringing security practices and culture into organisations of every shape and size. Known for her no-nonsense, plain English approach, she has made a career from challenging traditional fear based formal governance approaches.

An experienced conference speaker and regular panel member, Laura has spoken at a range of events including Kiwicon, Linux Conf AU and Microsoft TechEd on the subjects of privacy, covert communications, agile security and security mindset.

She is the founder and lead consultant at SafeStack ( and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and daughter.

Presentation Title
Protecting your people - automated human vulnerability scanning

It will not be a surprise to you that of all the elements within our organisations and systems, the people are most likely to expose us to risk. We are complicated tangles of emotion and vulnerability with behaviour that changes based on how bad the traffic was on the way to work. In short we are a mess of unpredictablity that threaten us all. 

So if this is the case, why in 20 years of modern information security have we done so little to actively protect them? 

Technical vulnerability scanning is now mature and commoditised, allowing us to repeatably test and adapt our systems in the face of a changing threat landscape. The time has come to apply the same logic to our people, actively understand human connectivity and behaviours when faced with threat and understand the effect of this behaviour with our organisations. 

This talk will discuss why this is a difficult challenge and introduce AVA, the first automated human vulnerability scanner that allows us to map the connectivity of our people, test them with a range of security threats and measure their behaviour. A tool built to make human security risk (and the effectiveness of our countermeasures and training) measurable. 

Let's change the way we approach human security risk. Let's protect our people.

Program Details
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Time: 09.40-10.20

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