Coverity to Speak on Windows Operating System Security Mitigations at Nordic Security Conference 2012

Aug 28, 2012, 11:00 ET from Coverity, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Coverity, Inc., the leader in development testing, announced today that Chris Valasek, Senior Security Researcher at Coverity, will be presenting a talk on Windows operating system security mitigations during the inaugural meeting of the Nordic Security Conference, an international information security conference to be held in Iceland.

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When: Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 1:30 PM
Where: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland

Many people tend to blame operating system vendors for neglecting security, but the fact of the matter is operating system vendors and compiler manufacturers have provided many mechanisms to developers that directly address current security issues. Many exploitation mitigations are now common at the operating system level, leaving individual applications as the weakest link against attack. Valasek's presentation will go over security mitigations specific to the Windows operating system and show how developers can greatly increase the cost of exploit development by taking several small steps during the development process.

As part of the Coverity Security Research Laboratory (SRL), Valasek is focused on researching new and existing security vulnerabilities, investigating and uncovering the root causes of vulnerability-causing defects in software code. This knowledge is built into the Coverity technology portfolio to better enable organizations to build security into the development process. Prior to Coverity, Valasek was a Senior Research Scientist at Accuvant LABS and IBM Internet Security Systems where his research focus spanned areas such as vulnerability discovery, exploitation techniques, and reverse engineering. While best known for his publications regarding the Microsoft Windows Heap, Valasek's research has broken new ground in areas such as vulnerability discovery, exploitation techniques, reverse engineering, source code and binary auditing, and protocol analysis. Valasek is the current chairman of SummerCon, the nation's oldest hacker convention.

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