AppSec USA 2013, Nov. 18-21, NYC, Steps Up for Wounded Veterans; Students


Security Conference Shows Its Social Conscience with Special Programs and Activities with Wounded Warriors, Google and Facebook 

NEW YORK, NY November 11, 2013—OWASP AppSec USA, the premier security conference for software security professionals, has announced special activities and programs to benefit veterans, students and other charitable groups as part of its four-day program of exclusive research, panels, keynotes, master classes, career fair, an expo and various competitions and networking opportunities. AppSec USA will be held Nov. 18-21, at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, NYC.

“We don’t want to be just another security conference,” said Tom Brennan, Co-Organizer, AppSec USA 2013. “In addition to excellent research, training and lively panels that people have come to expect, we wanted to bring forth the full-force of our global community of 36,000+ to turn AppSec USA into an informational security event with a social conscience.”


  • AppSec USA First-Annual “Bug Smash”

Security pros and students team up for nightly group-hacks to collect bug bounties offered by the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft. “Bug Smash” will be held every night of the conference,  thanks to event organizers from OWASP and BugCrowd.

“We are excited to welcome local students from Pace and NYU,” said Brennan. “These type of competitions allow young people to forge relationships that carry them throughout their careers. Since OWASP is an organization that is all about community, we look forward to these competitions with particular excitement.”

The “Bug Smash” is free for students. For more information, plus sign-up: 

  • AppSec USA Career Fair to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Another highlight of AppSec USA will be a special information security-focused Career Fair that brings together the Wounded Warrior Project along with Twitter, Mozilla and ADP.

“With the Wounded Warriors Project, we hope to aid in career training for veterans interested in information security,” said Brennan. “In light of Veteran’s Day, particularly since many of us in the OWASP community have also served, we thought it was only proper to extend this opportunity.”

The AppSec Career Fair is free for both students and veterans. For more information, plus sign-up:


AppSec USA’s social conscience doesn’t stop at veterans and young people. The conference also includes:

Established in 2004, AppSec USA is the marquee North American conference from the OWASP Foundation Inc., a global, non-profit community focused on improving software security. Now in its ninth year, the event features four days of exclusive research, panels, keynotes, master classes, career fair, an expo, special competitions, parties, and fun networking opportunities.

Sponsors and other supporters of AppSec USA 2013 include HP, Adobe, Aspect Security, Akamai, Arxan, AsTech Consulting, eLearnSecurity, F5 Networks, Mozilla, NetSPI, Qualys, Parasoft, Quotium, Sonatype, WhiteHat, Slashdot, Trustwave, ISC(2), ADP, Twitter, among many more.


AppSec USA is intended for software security professionals of all levels. Between its combination of original research, best practices and activities, it is a great event to find out what the best minds in software security are thinking, hire qualified security professionals, develop a comprehensive security plan for your company, get application security training from the best in the world.

Tickets are still available, but going fast. Reserve now: Special discounts for groups and students also available.

About OWASP Foundation

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is dedicated to making application security visible by empowering individuals and organizations to make informed decisions about true software security risks. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization, OWASP does not endorse or recommend commercial products or services. Instead, we allow our community to remain vendor-neutral with the collective wisdom of the best individual minds in software security worldwide.

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Bill Lessard
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