Speakers: Kathy Zant

  • Kathy Zant: The Hacking Mindset – How Beating WordPress Hackers Taught Me to Overcome Obstacles & Innovate

    WordCamp Boston 2019Speaker: Kathy Zant

    October 30, 2020 — Learning to think like a hacker in the security realm is a big part of keeping your assets safe, and there are additional benefits. In this session, Kathy will use the stories of defeating hackers to help you make better security decisions. She’ll also illustrate how the hacker mindset is much more than protecting your site and information. Thinking like a hacker can also help you break through perceived limitations, overcome obstacles, and capitalize on opportunities to innovate.

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  • Kathy Zant: Thriving in Uncertain Times, Finding Security through WordPress

    WordCamp Rochester, WordCamp Rochester 2020Speaker: Kathy Zant

    October 20, 2020 — This year has been a year like no other, challenging each of us to rethink how we work, play, relate and create in our community and our lives. To think of thriving in such uncertain times seems like a challenge in and of itself. As digital creators using WordPress, we have an empowering foundation available to not only create security for ourselves, but also for those we connect with. Though the times might be uncertain, our capabilities and tools aren’t. By staying focused on our purpose as creators, we can find our way to thrive and stay secure no matter what is happening around us.

  • Kathy Zant: The Hacking Mindset: How Beating WordPress Hackers Taught Me to Overcome Obstacles & Innovate

    WordCamp Seattle 2019Speaker: Kathy Zant

    April 2, 2020 — You wouldn’t believe how far malicious actors will go to take over websites for profit. Kathy believes it; she’s seen it all as she’s helped hundreds of WordPress site owners recover after getting hacked. As WordPress now powers more than one-­third of the web, it’s a big target and attracting the attention of more hackers. Learning to think like a hacker in the security realm is a big part of keeping your assets safe, plus there are additional benefits. In this session, we will hear stories of how defeating hackers can help you make better security decisions. The hacker mindset is much more than protecting your site and information; thinking like a hacker can also help you break through perceived limitations, overcome obstacles, and capitalize on opportunities to innovate.

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  • Kathy Zant: Intro to Plugins

    WordCamp Portland 2018Speaker: Kathy Zant

    December 31, 2019 — Extending WordPress above and beyond the core functionality is part of what makes WordPress so powerful. However, the sheer number of plugins available can be overwhelming. A strategy for evaluating plugins makes both developing managing WordPress easier. In this presentation, attendees will learn:

    • Strategies and tools for evaluating one plugin over another
    • Key factors to consider
    • Evaluation tools
    • Paid plugins versus free: do you get what you paid for?
    • Managing plugins and updates
    • Evaluating plugin security:
    • How to research plugin security history
    • Identify functionality that may be risky
    Attendees will also receive a plugin evaluation checklist they can take home to help choose plugins that fit their project’s objectives.

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  • Kathy Zant: Evaluating Plugins – Strategies to Effectively Extend WordPress

    WordCamp Seattle 2018Speaker: Kathy Zant

    December 2, 2019 — Extending WordPress above and beyond the core functionality is part of what makes WordPress so powerful. However, the sheer number of plugins available can be overwhelming. A strategy for evaluating plugins makes both developing managing WordPress easier.

    In this presentation, attendees will learn:
    Strategies and tools for evaluating one plugin over another
    – Key factors to consider
    – Evaluation tools
    Paid plugins versus free: do you get what you paid for?
    Managing plugins and updates
    Evaluating plugin security:
    – How to research plugin security history
    – Identify functionality that may be risky

    Attendees will also receive a plugin evaluation checklist they can take home to help choose plugins that fit their project’s objectives.

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  • Kathy Zant: The Hacking Mindset: How Beating WordPress Hackers Taught Me to Overcome Obstacles & Innovate

    WordCamp US 2019Speaker: Kathy Zant

    November 11, 2019 — Learning to think like a hacker in the security realm is a big part of keeping your assets safe, and there are additional benefits. In this session, Kathy will use the stories of defeating hackers to help you make better security decisions. She’ll also illustrate how the hacker mindset is much more than protecting your site and information. Thinking like a hacker can also help you break through perceived limitations, overcome obstacles, and capitalize on opportunities to innovate.

  • Kathy Zant: Evaluating Plugins: Strategies to Effectively Extend WordPress

    WordCamp Rochester 2019Speaker: Kathy Zant

    November 4, 2019 — Extending WordPress above and beyond the core functionality is part of what makes WordPress so powerful. However, the sheer number of plugins available can be overwhelming. A strategy for evaluating plugins makes both developing managing WordPress easier.

    In this presentation, attendees will learn strategies and tools for choosing one plugin over another. We’ll also look at paid plugins versus free and find out if you get what you paid for. We’ll also look at how to manage plugin updates and evaluate security. We’ll find out how to research plugin security history and identify risky functionality.

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