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Tuesday, April 30 • 3:20pm - 4:50pm
Abuser Stories: Thinking Like the Bad Guy to Reduce Software Vulnerabilities (Judy Neher)

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Abuser stories give us a way to view our systems from our enemies perspective. Think "user stories" through the bad guy's lens.
Abuser stories capture potential vulnerabilities in software systems, using the standard user story format. While user stories are written from a user perspective, abuser stories are written from an enemy or attacker's perspective and describe the enemy's mal-intent and motivation.
The session will look at the concept of Abuser Stories in-depth, with hands-on exercises to create and practice your own.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How seemingly benign functional user stories can create vulnerabilities in our software, leaving lots of opportunity for our enemies to take advantage of our weaknesses.
  • How to use the concept of abuser stories to shed some light on where these vulnerabilities can be introduced.
  • How to craft a good abuser story.
  • How to craft refutation criteria so that we can determine that the attack depicted by the abuser story is not possible.
  • How to estimate and rank abuser stories.

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Judy Neher

President/CEO, Celerity Technical Services, Inc.
Passionate about building highly collaborative, high performing teams.

Tuesday April 30, 2019 3:20pm - 4:50pm CDT
Hermitage Ballroom F