Niall Merrigan

Niall Merrigan

Security Tech Person

Niall is an Irish guy who managed to end up in Norway after finding out the country existed when he was in New Zealand. He works at Microsoft helping customers with their technology investments. He has very strong opinions on security, web tech, food and wine. (company)

Current sessions

Hacking your neighbours and other life skills

Picture this in your mind. Your neighbours playing Spotify in the early hours of the morning and you are trying to sleep. Would you go over and chat to them or would you use your phone and disable their internet.

This session shows you how to do such things and other useful skills like attacking your own web applications to look for vulnerabilities, check if someone is snooping on your network and even how to find beer on the internet.

The Evolution of Security Attacks and Threats

When someone says they have a secure system, someone will invariably try to prove them wrong. It all started in the early 1900s when Marconi claimed his wireless telegraph was secure and Nevil Maskelyne said "Would you be a kind old chap and hold my beer".

This jouney through the history of security attacks will show you the evolution of security attacks and people's response. You will learn that history repeats itself, how some of the most simple things in the world can be used to hack all the things

The Pyschology of Social Engineering

Social Engineering is for most people a prince in a different part of the world offering them 50 billion dollars for an upfront fee of 5K. What can go wrong.
But hacking the human is more than that. Niall will show you some serious mind hacks, scams and various forms of social engineering in this engaging talk.
Expect to learn some underhanded techniques to get your way at work.

Security Tester's Toolbox

Kali, Backbox, Metasploit, BeEF: All tools in an arsenal to break through security barriers. This talk gives you an introduction and demos of the tools and how they can be used to get through your defences. It’s more a massive demo than a talk, as well as an exploration of the available programs and what they can do, to help you understand how to spot problems and defend against them. We’ll cover recon, exploitation, and maintenance of exploits. This session is geared toward developers, IT pros, and those with an interest in learning more about security tools and practices.

Website fuzzies

Do you know how your application will react when you throw the kitchen sink at it? What about when you add the water and plumbing? ;Most developers don’t think to use application fuzzers as part of their tests and this leaves nice security gaps for amateurs and professionals to find.;In this session, you will learn what application fuzzers are, how to use them and examples of using these tools to find vulnerabilities in your code before you deploy to the wild.;This session is rated at 200-300 for an audience of developers and testers. Pre knowledge of security concepts if not required, however knowledge of web application development and general web principles will make this session more enjoyable and relevant for you.