Security Testing: The why, how and what

Jul 5, 2017 · Belfast, United Kingdom


Running order for Wednesday 5th July meetup:-

• Some brief updates - Chris Clements

• Olenick - Maelisa Samuel

• Keath Tanner (Olenick & former Blackhat hacker) - A short talk that will discuss the motivation of recent hacking incidents, ransomeware attacks and how to protect yourself and networks and what to expect in the next two years relating to cybersecurity

 Hands-on session (Conall Bennett) - Testing a vulnerable web application. Teams of 2-4 and spend ~40 mins exploring security testing and explosing built-in vulnerabilities in a web platform.

• Wash up & close out (Conall Bennett & Chris Clements)

This session (part 1 of 2 - the other in September) will endeavour to uncover some of the mystery and intricacies of security testing. Why is it important, what it entails and how to approach it.Kindly sponsored by Olenick and in the innovative Ormeau Baths, Olenick’s Keath Tanner will give a short presentation on his career in the specialised testing area.

As per NI Testers tradition, we will then get hands on. Led by co-organiser Conall Bennett we will split into groups and start security testing by hacking a custom-built, open source, vulnerable web app.

Summary for working session:

This will be a hands-on team test session working on a vulnerable web application.  We will form up into teams of 2-4 and spend the time exploring security testing and exposing built-in vulnerabilities in a web platform.  Participants do not need any prior knowledge of security techniques, this session is designed to learn those as we test.

This will require people to bring a laptop and to install and configure a proxy testing tool - Burpsuite is recommended.  To make the most of our time, if you could attempt to install and configure the proxy tool in advance, that would make things easier. If you can’t bring a laptop, don’t worry, come along anyway and join a team, we only need 1 laptop per team.

Installation guides for Burp can be found here:

Burp suite: 



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  • NI Testers Meetup

    For anyone interested in Software Testing from any aspects of the Software Engineering discipline AND happen to be around Belfast, Northern Ireland then this is the group for you. We'll do things with a bit of a lean coffee style approach so we don't have any particular set agendas but instead we democratically decide this. As we progress, we'll include talks / evenings / events etc. Talk to us on our Slack Group! Get invited here! 

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