Twitter’s Charlie Miller is Coming to Austin ISSA to Discuss iOS Security

AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 30, 2012 — Praetorian is excited to be a platinum sponsor for the upcoming Austin ISSAChapter Meeting on Wednesday, November 7 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at St. Edwards Professional Education Center. The event will feature the famous/infamous security researcher Charlie Miller.

Charlie Miller is currently on the Product Security Team at Twitter. Previously he was a security consultant with various firms, and also spent five years working for the National Security Agency. A four time winner of the CanSecWest Pwn2Own competition, he was the first with a public remote exploit for both the iPhone and the G1 Android phone. In 2011, he found a security hole in an iPhone’s or iPad’s security, whereby an application can contact a remote computer to download new unapproved software that can execute any command that could steal personal data or use iOS application functions for malicious purposes. As a proof of concept, Miller created an application called Instastock that got approved by Apple’s App Store. He then informed Apple about the security hole, who then promptly expelled him from the App Store.  He has hacked batteries, Second Life, and iOS codesigning.  Charlie has authored three information security books and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.

“Praetorian jumped at the chance to support the Austin ISSA leadership team in bringing such an incredible guest to the Austin community, ” comments Praetorian’s Vice President of Marketing, Paul Jauregui. “At Praetorian, we actively pursue alignment between our company and the top minds that the security community has to offer. Charlie Miller is certainly at the top of that list,” he added.

In this talk, Charlie Miller will discuss the iOS security architecture. He will show how it is designed to keep out malware and exploits. Then, discuss various attacks that have occurred against it in its history and explain how the attacks managed to get by these defenses or, in some cases, how the architecture limited the damage of these attacks.

The key takeaways of this event will be: 1) How iOS security is designed, 2) The effects of iOS security on Apps and security tools like anti-virus, and 3) An understanding of the risk of using iOS devices. There will also be a live Q&A session with Charlie moderated by Jay McLaughlin of Q2 Software.

Learn more about the event at the Austin ISSA Website: http://www.austinissa.org/events

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