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SofTech North Bay Software and Information Technology Association
Heartbleed Panel Discussion
April 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm            
San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro Street San Rafael
If you've been on the web or watching the news recently, you've probably heard of the Heartbleed Bug. Most of us know it as the reason we need to change all our passwords but are sketchy on the what, when, why and how aspects of it.


According to, "The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs)."


While it's estimated that Heartbleed may affect 70% of the secure sites on the web, the implications of the bug go far beyond changing SSL certificates and passwords.  In the long term, they penetrate to the core of web development and governance. 


This month, SofTech hosts a special panel to discuss what's important about Heartbleed now, and what will be in the future... to web users, to companies on the web, and to developers, IT, and security people.  Topics, still evolving as the nature of the thread evolves, will include...


  • the history of the bug, its discovery and release
  • the unique threats the bug presents, both in software and in some hardware that incorporates the Heartbeat
  • actions and precautions to be taken by users, developers, and security personnel


Our highly qualified panelists will also examine not only the difficulties of recovering from this particular security breach, but also the timely and profound warnings which Heartbleed presents to current and future developers of software and technology. This should be an important discussion that you will not want to miss. 
Panelists are ...   
Andrew McDonnell
Principal Security Consultant
Andrew McDonnell has over ten years of experience in information security and technology. Utilizing a unique composition of skills and expertise, Andrew has worked with numerous enterprise customers to improve application, network, and organizational security practices. Andrew has designed and deployed enterprise vulnerability management programs, embedded robust security practices into software development life cycles (SDLCs), and led the response to critical security incidents. Andrew's work prior to AstTech included tenures with Veracode, Qualys, AppSec Consulting, and the U.S. Department of Energy. 
Thomas Stocking
Chief Operating Officer
Thomas Stocking is a long-time open source advocate, and has worked with many project leaders to promote the use and community development of free software. In 2004, Thomas co-founded a startup company (GroundWork Open Source) that uses Linux and open source in its products. He is a developer, executive, and entrepreneur. Thomas now leads Gandi US, a subsidiary of a major domain name registrar and cloud hosting company, Gandi SAS. His interests are in cloud computing using Linux, and in developing communities of Linux administrators for small to mid-sized businesses.
Produced and moderated by:
Robert Charlton
Robert Charlton is a veteran independent search engine optimizing consultant. Since 1997, he has provided SEO services to clients ranging from small niche companies to Fortune 500s, in market areas that have included travel, software, technology, publishing, entertainment, business-to-business and consumer products.

Prior to his work in SEO, Bob had over two decades of experience producing and directing documentary, entertainment, and marketing videos for clients including Lucasfilm, Hewlett Packard, Time-Life Video, Showtime, HBO, Bank of America, Bechtel, NASA, and Chevron.

He is well known for his discussions of SEO on various web forums, is co-moderator of the Google Search forum at WebmasterWorld, and is a regular panelist at PubCon. 

About the Organization:
SofTech is a non-profit trade organization committed to fostering communication and cooperation for business and technology professionals in Northern California's Marin and Sonoma counties. Its goal is to identify and showcase technology leaders and support the technology user community.

SofTech develops programs and provides meaningful networking opportunities for its members who include American River Ventures, Autodesk, Inc., Bank of Marin, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & RudyLLP, iPost, JAG Wire Group, The K/A Group LLC, Phippen Design Group and Ridgecrest Marketing. 
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

San Rafael Corporate Center
Tamalpais Room
750 Lindaro
San Rafael, CA 94901
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6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Registration and Networking
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Presentation
8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Audience Q&A
Food and beverages will be served.

$20 at the door for non-members who did not register in advance
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