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May 2018 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Everyone’s Favorite Subject: Security by Chris Forrence, LAMP Engineer, OxBlue

When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 — 7pm-9pm

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Directions: Take I-285 to Cobb Parkway/US-41. Go south & turn left on Akers Mill Rd. At the 2nd traffic light, go left into Cobb Galleria, then an immediate left into the parking garage. Enter the 600 bldg & tell security you’re there for AtlantaPHP, 14th floor.

SPECIAL NOTE: Building security has become a bit more strict, so please do your best to arrive before 7pm. On arrival, you may need to mention that you are there to attend a meeting at ShootProof.

Map Link: (parking deck entrance, 600 building is due north of the deck)

Presentation: Everyone’s Favorite Subject: Security

Saying “Security is important” is a bit like saying “Atlanta weather can be unpredictable”. That being said, it’s unfortunately pretty tough to get everything correct, since all parts of the overall application must be working in harmony; one problem in one area of the application can bring the system down.

Focusing solely on PHP for this presentation, we’ll start out by going through a few recent security advisories from popular frameworks and content management systems. After that, we’ll do an Audience Participation segment to review some tricky-to-spot code flaws from RIPS Technologies. Finally, we’ll discuss how to keep potentially-bad code out of the codebase.

About Chris: Chris has spent around 7 years as a full stack software engineer, starting in a Java stack and transitioning to PHP and the LAMP stack in 2012. He’s worked in a variety of industries including marketing, telecommunications, gaming, and construction. Chris works for OxBlue as a LAMP Software Engineer and currently resides in Dunwoody, GA with his wife and cats. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @chrisforrence (

New Meeting Feature: Open Spaces! This month, we’re going to try out a new discussion format among attendees, so please come with some questions or discussion topics in mind. The group will vote on suggestions and we’ll cover things, based on interest. Come share your expertise!

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