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Pete Finnigan's Oracle Security Weblog

This is the weblog for Pete Finnigan. Pete works in the area of Oracle security and he specialises in auditing Oracle databases for security issues. This weblog is aimed squarely at those interested in the security of their Oracle databases.

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New Conference Speaking Dates Added

In the last few years I have not done as many conference speaking dates as I used to. This is simply because when offered they usually clashed with pre-booked work. I spoke for the UKOUG in Dublin last year and I also spoke at the main UKOUG connference last year. I also spoke at DOAG for the first time last year. I did not submit a paper for DOAG but was there for the whole event on my German reseller for PFCLScan stand ( where we were reselling PFCLScan or database security scanner for Oracle. did a great job looking after me in Nuremberg and we also did a lot of demonstrations of PFCLScan to potential customers. If you want more details of PFCLScan in Germany and Austria or indeed to speak about it in German then please contact the guys at directly.

Whilst at the DOAG conference I decided to drop an email to the organisers to see if they had any free speaking slots where someone had dropped out and great news; they had. I got a slot on the last day at the first slot of the day (the night after the conference party!) and was really encouraged to see that the room was full and some standing. It was a good talk and some good feedback and questions and i enjoyed it greatly.

More recently I have submitted some papers for this years UKOUG conference so lets see if anything is accepted. As usual these are new papers from me. I also was asked to submit a paper for the ISACA conference in Dublin later this year so again lets see if i get accepted.

I also have been asked to speak at the UKOUG Database Server SIG on September 15th in London and i will present about - (broken link) Designing Practical Audit Trails in Oracle. Next week on July 15th I have been asked to speak at the YoDB#2 meet up in Leeds and I will speak about "Locking Down Oracle". This should be fun as it is a local event for me and also the second meet of this group. Also I am planning to do what I did in Dublin last year and speak with no slides and just hands on demos. I have done this a few times over the last couple of years and its fun but harder to do with no slides to prompt you. I am going to do some hacking and then some demos of locking down my database and show that the hacking is blocked. There will of course be lots of talking about what I am doing, why the hacks are possible, what the problems are and what solutions may work - should be fun. If you are in Leeds then come along!!

I have updated my sites home page with links and dates to speaking events.

If I get a slot at the UKOUG (Birmingham in December) and ISACA (Dublin in October) I will of course update you here.