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OWASP Chapter Meeting

New Relic
111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 2700
Portland, Oregon 97204, United States (map)
Public WiFi

Access Notes

Check in at the security desk to get access to the 27th floor. This usually isn't required for official events and meetups.



Joseph Arpaia, MD will be presenting: Hiding in Plain Sight: A Mnemonic Method For Creating Secure Passwords

The human brain is not suited to recalling secure passwords composed of random sequences of characters especially if they are not used regularly. Humans are excellent at recalling sentences, even years after learning them, e.g. nursery rhymes, song lyrics. This ability can be used to create a mnemonic method for generating a large number of passwords from one remembered passphrase, even if the passphrase and the associated characters are not kept secret.

Joseph Arpaia received his BS in Chemistry from CalTech and his MD from UC Irvine where he also did research in electrophysiology and applications of chaos theory to psychiatry. He is a psychiatrist in private practice in Eugene, OR and applies heart rate variability analysis in his work with patients. He also teaches applications of mindfulness meditation to psychotherapy at the University of Oregon and is the co-author of Real Meditation in Minutes a Day. He has a long-standing interest in passwords and security which dates back to his experience at age 8 when he came up with a Vernam cipher in response to a challenge by his father to encrypt a text message.

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