June 25, 2019 — You know security is important and want your site to be secure, but what will actually help? There’s so much information to be found on securing your site, but what are the myths and what actually helps? Find out how to avoid the myths and implement real security.
June 10, 2019 — Sometimes the bad guys get in, despite all the protections and precautions. If that happens, there are many techniques that can be used to stop further damage, track down what the intruder did and how they got in. Finally the site needs to be cleaned up and re-opened for visitors. In this talk the most important techniques are presented along with real-life examples when they were used.
June 10, 2019 — For a variety of reasons, we humans tend to be poor assessors of both the probability that something bad will happen, and the damage that is likely to result should such a thing occur. Academics have studied this phenomenon since about the 1960s under the rubric of risk assessment. What does this way of thinking have to teach us about WordPress security? Can we construct a risk matrix to help us choose which aspects of WordPress security are most in need of our limited time and attention?
In this session, I’ll draw on both on my own experience providing technical consulting in the areas of security and scaling to some of the world’s largest and most security-sensitive WordPress sites, and on the wisdom of community members who maintain smaller sites for businesses and individuals. In addition to providing a brief overview of the total security landscape as it applies to WordPress, we will attempt to use some of the tools of risk assessment to help us focus our attention in the right areas, including any we tend to naturally overlook.
This session, though touching on some technical topics, is suitable for anyone who administers, uses or develops WordPress sites.
April 17, 2019 — The session will introduce best practices of website security and how to implement them.
The goal is to help webmasters effectively identify and reduce risks or website compromise.
April 11, 2019 — From HSTS through to CSP and almost every acronym in between security headers, are simple HTTP Headers, sent with requests from your server to the browser but they can be a valuable piece in hardening sites if implemented correctly what’s more for most of them it’s simple to do. In this talk Tim going to go through various security headers explaining how and when to use them and some of the pitfalls. It’s a journey that will take us through HTTPS and into a world where we need to consider carefully what third party content is being used.
April 4, 2019 — So we have all been to the scary WordPress security talk where Tim or someone else frightens you to death, but it’s not too dire: in those talks there is a theme beyond despair and that’s every little helps.
So this talk is low on scary tales and high on simple practical tips to improve your site’s security. On their own they might not be the silver bullet, but they all add up.
Tim will guide you through steps that anyone of any ability level can implement to improve their site security.
April 3, 2019 — You can’t just install a couple of security plugins and call it a day when it comes to safeguarding your WordPress website. Plugins are a great start. The door to your website now has a lock on it. But how about adding a dead bolt? A door chain? A peep hole? Titanium reinforcement? A pet dragon hiding inside? Plugins help with the 5th layer of security. Did you know there are 4 more layers that you are most likely not protecting? Huh? Did he say 4 more? Come learn how to safeguard the other 4 layers so that even with the best of plugins, you drastically reduce your (and your client’s) chances of getting hacked. Just as you would add layers of security to protect your home and family, your WordPress security needs a multi layered approach. Come learn how to build a wall, a moat, and some additional lookout towers to keep the bad guys away from your castle. Oh, and dragons? We’ll talk about them too, if we have time.
March 28, 2019
March 18, 2019 — Trop souvent, on associe la sécurité à l’utilisation d’un plugin (ex. iThemes Security, WordFence, etc) ou d’un service (ex : Sucuri, Cloudflare). Par contre, sans être mauvaises, ces options créent un faux sentiment de sécurité. Durant ma présentation, je présenterai les bonnes pratiques et différentes alternatives pour assurer la sécurité et l’intégrité de votre présence sur le Web. Que ce soit du petit blogue ou du site d’une PME en grande croissance, vous pourrez y trouver votre compte. Nous regarderons les différentes options technologiques existantes et tenterons de démystifier quelques mythes au passage.
March 4, 2019 — You have your SSL certificate and the green padlock in the address bar. You’re done. Your website is secure. Right? No? Huh? Whadda I need to do? Let’s take a walk past the Let’s Encrypt cloak of security and see what you really need to do to help secure your website from the dangers of the public interwebs. No programming needed. A little common sense, a plugin or two and you are well on your way to securing your site. It takes is a few straightforward steps to eliminate almost all of the security vulnerabilities in the basic setup of your WordPress website.