Julian Berton

Hey, I'm Julian Berton, author of this blog, organiser of the OWASP Melbourne chapter and Security Engineer at seek.com.au. I also regularly speak at events and train technology professionals about all things security!

Announcing SEEK's Public Bug Bounty Program

29 Jan 2019

I was lucky enough to be a part of SEEK’s three year bug bounty journey. This year we announced our public program that is open to all researchers, instead of being invite only. I wrote up a short piece for the announcement on the SEEK tech blog which has some stats about our program to date that might be of interest :)

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A Comprehensive Guide to Running a Bug Bounty Program

01 Jan 2019

With the Year-of-the-Breach behind us (I feel like we say that every year), it’s important for businesses with publicly available assets storing sensitive data (websites, services, infrastructure) to setup a process for members of the general public to report security vulnerabilities discovered within their systems and applications…

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AppSec Day Conference 2018 - In Review

19 Oct 2018

AppSec Day 2018 conference has finished up for the year and what a ride it has been! This was the third year we have run the AppSec Day conference, doubling in size every year, which has it’s difficulties, but is worth the experience and the reward it brings. When receiving mostly positive feedback from attendees and those involved and the satisfaction of working with a highly passionate team of volunteers, who all worked really well together, to pull off a successful event. Below are some of the highlights from the day…

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Tackling Security Culture and Awareness

01 Sep 2017

Software development companies are starting to realise that to innovate, stay relevant and compete with competitors they need to adopt a different culture, to enable them to develop, release software faster and attract talent…

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Building an Application Security Programme

01 Aug 2017

An application security programme is your company’s product security game plan, that has a goal of reducing the number of security flaws introduced into the application over the course of its software lifecycle. While, at the same time increasing the difficulty of exploitation (i.e. making it harder for an attacker to find vulnerabilities) and reducing security risks, such as data loss…

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Defensive Application Security in a Modern Organisation

10 Jul 2017

Defending web and mobile applications against the bad guys has always been hard, there is no escaping that fact. However it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier either. Evolving development practices (Agile, DevOps, CD/CI, IaC) have a big part to play, but there are several other trends that are also not helping the situation. So in this modern world of development, how can we better secure these applications?

The short answer is we need to change the way we approach application security, by designing an application security programme or secure software development lifecycle (SSDLC) that fits better into these evolving development practices…

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