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TA3M February 2018: Privacy Threat Modeling for The Seattleite

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


February 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

SURF Incubator
999 3rd Ave Suite 700
Seattle, 98104 United States

6:30 – 7 Casual chat, Cryptoparty / PGP key exchange / Signal
Verification, Intro slide(s)

We’ll have pizza! **


Privacy Threat Modeling for The Seattleite

Speaker: Adam Shostack

Seattle Privacy Coalition, led by Adam Shostack and #6 worked through 2017 developing a privacy threat model for an average person in Seattle. If you are an activist, journalist, lawyer, politician etc – these baseline threats still apply. Where and how is privacy violated during the every day activities of someone who lives and/or works in or near Seattle? What can be done to mitigate or protect one’s privacy?

  • Model and categorize the ways data are collected (for example, government vs non-government, is there an opt-out, what does it cost?).
  • Create an inventory of things people do and ways data is gathered to form a set of building blocks, from which to do further analysis.
  • Get to a method, process, or tool that can be applied by different target groups with different threat models effectively and help us think about more holistic defenses.
  • Ultimately, to inform, influence, and identify areas for intervention.

Project homepage: https://seattleprivacy.org/threat-modeling/

Initial post: https://seattleprivacy.org/introducing-threat-modeling-for-seattlites/

Latest update: https://seattleprivacy.org/threat-modeling-the-privacy-of-seattle-residents/

Exciting recent news – Seattle Privacy Coalition was formed around the incident of Seattle Police Department acquiring a drone, and the creation of a DOD subsidized surveillance mesh network. The drone was promptly removed (to LA – sorry LA), but the mesh network remained.. ostensibly unused, until now, finally:


Speaker Bio:

Adam is a consultant, entrepreneur, technologist, author and game designer. He’s a member of the BlackHat Review Board, and helped found the CVE and many other things. He’s currently helping a variety of organizations improve their security, and advising and mentoring startups as a Mach37 Star Mentor. While at Microsoft, he drove the Autorun fix into Windows Update, was the lead designer of the SDL Threat Modeling Tool v3 and created the “Elevation of Privilege” game. Adam is the author of Threat Modeling: Designing for Security, and the co-author of The New School of Information Security


Pizza sponsored by Cloudflare.


Be prepared that there will be an opt-out group photo, taken from the back of the room to fulfill the sponsorship requirements.


February 19
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


SURF Incubator
999 3rd Ave Suite 700
Seattle, 98104 United States


TA3M Seattle

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