How To Be A Redshirt And Survive! - Dan Billing

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Daniel Billing

Senior Software Engineer

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Talk Description

What is a Redshirt?

In science fiction lore, it's those unfortunate crew members who give their lives. Either to protect their comrades or in an act of ill-prepared bravado, without learning from the mistakes of their predecessors.

For me, it's become a great way of describing the pitfalls and problems of security testing. I'd like to rebrand the Redshirt so that it becomes a mark of preparation and a developing mindset for security.

This talk will help you understand how to identify the biases at play when security testing. We will explore the negative behaviours that can challenge you when security testing. The security mindset is more than tools and technical skill. It's about having an instinct for spotting problems that are often hidden in plain sight. It's about exploring the problems that some may prefer to brush under the carpet.

Security issues aren't going to disappear into a black hole. It's time that testers took up the challenge. We can do it together.


  • Developing a security Mindset in cross functional teams
  • Identifying biases and working with them
  • Challenging negativity when security testing
  • Recognising patterns in security problems
  • Understanding that security is everyone's problem


What you’ll learn

By the end of this talk, you'll be able to:

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Daniel Billing

Senior Software Engineer

Dan has been a tester for 20 years, working within a diverse range of development organisations, mostly in London and the south-west of England. He is now freelance test consultant, coach and trainer, but has worked within some complex industries and contexts. His skills include mentoring, supporting and training members of the team to develop their security skills also. Dan’s love of testing drives him to become an active member of the testing community. He has organised international events and workshops in the testing community, and is a speaker at various international Agile, technology and testing conferences. He is also a co-host of the Screen Testing podcast, alongside Neil Studd.
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