We are the first line of defense

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Proposal
Long-Form
Intermediate

Excerpt

We, as developers, are the first line of defense for our friends, neighbors, and customers. Let’s own this responsibility and support one another in achieving a safer, more secure tech community.

Description

Many people were understandably shocked when Congress passed Senate Joint Resolution 34 and rolled back the FCC’s landmark rules protecting consumer digital privacy. The media was up in arms and security experts everywhere were blogging and tweeting tips to help private individuals keep their data safe, secure, and out of the hands of digital privateers.

While it’s an individual’s responsibility to know how to defend his or oneself against the prying eyes of corporate interests, it’s our responsibility as developers to make this defense as easy as possible. Understanding what tools are available and how to properly use them is the first step. Staying diligent and remaining proactive both during development and throughout ongoing maintenance is vital.

Learn the danger of “free” tools like Google Analytics. Learn how and why to use truly free and open alternatives like Piwik. Understand when and when not to collect user information – and how to properly protect it if you absolutely need to keep it around. Gain a firsthand look at why technologies like SSL aren’t just critical to security, but can help make a solid business case for taking a proactive “security first” approach in all things.

We, as developers, are the first line of defense for our friends, neighbors, and customers. Let’s own this responsibility and support one another in achieving a safer, more secure tech community.

Tags

privacy, Development

Speaking experience

WordPress
WordCamp US 2015 The Future of WordPress is Low-Tech
php[world] 2015 The Future of WordPress is Low-Tech
WordCamp Europe 2015 Sandboxing your Development Environment with Vagrant
WordCamp Orange County 2015 A Tale of Two Test Suites
LoopConf 2015 A Better World Through Integrated Testing
WordCamp Romania 2014 From Newb to Imposter - and beyond - in 5 Simple Steps
WordCamp Phoenix 2014 {12} Needs Unit Tests
WordCamp Phoenix 2014 Ten Lessons on Customer-centric Development
WordCamp San Francisco 2013 Automated WordPress Development
WordCamp Boston 2013 PHP Unit Testing
WordCamp Portland 2013 The Future of WordPress Lies in the Past
WordCamp Seattle 2013 Automated WP Development
WordCamp Phoenix 2013 Bridging the Digital Divide
WordCamp Phoenix 2013 WordPress 301: Plugin Development
WordSesh 1 WordPress JavaScript Hooks
WordCamp Portland 2012 Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask
WordCamp Seattle 2012 Integration WordPress with External APIs
WordCamp Phoenix 2012 Playing Nice with Others - Integrating WP with Other APIs

JavaScript
php[tek] 2016 JavaScript for PHP Developers
php[world] 2015 JavaScript for PHP Developers
JSConf Brazil 2014 Monkeys in the Machine
jQuery Russia 2013 jQuery + Web Workers = Immense Processing Power
jQuery Portland 2013 Unit Testing: Minutes Now Will Save Hours Later
WordSesh 2 Rock-solid JavaScript and AJAX

PHP
Sunshine PHP 2016 Going Password-Free
NEPHP 2016 Monkeys in the Machine (PHP edition)
NEPHP 2016 Dockerizing Development
php[tek] 2016 I Promise() to teach you asynchronous PHP
NomadPHP Asynchronous Awesome - Task Management in PHP
ZendCon 2015 Sandboxing your Local Environment with Vagrant
ZendCon 2015 A Tale of Two Test Suites
NEPHP 2015 Rediscover the Power of WordPress
php[tek] 2015 Rediscover the Power of WordPress
php[tek] 2015 Testing as Regression Prevention (tutorial)
php[world] 2014 A Tale of Two Test Suites
php[world] 2014 Testing as Regression Prevention (tutorial)

Speaker

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    Eric Mann

    Tozny

    Biography

    Eric Mann is a seasoned web developer with experience in languages from JavaScript to Ruby to C#. He has been building websites of all shapes and sizes for the better part of a decade and continues to experiment with new technologies and techniques.

    Eric is a Tekton working with Tozny helping to engineer better, safer, more secure ways to identify yourself and control your information.

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