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The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, CAST 2014 “The Art and Science of Testing”, to be held in New York, NY, August 11-13. To some, software testing is an outgrowth of engineering, mathematics and physics, while to others, testing is an exploration of psychology, philosophy or sociology. At CAST 2014, conference speakers will share their stories and experiences surrounding software testing, whether bound by rules and laws of science and experimentation, or expressed through creativity, imagination, and artistry.

Join us this summer for our ninth annual conference in downtown New York City at the beautiful Kimmel Center located next to Washington Square Park August 11-13, as we explore the art and science of testing.

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Wednesday, August 13 • 12:45pm - 1:55pm
There Was Not a Breach; There Was a Blog

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Like millions of other Americans, Ben Simo visited HealthCare.gov in search of health insurance for a member of his family. And like millions of others, Ben found a frustratingly buggy website that was failing to fulfill its purpose: to educate people on the new health insurance law and help people purchase health insurance. After a few failed attempts at creating an account, Ben put on his tester hat and turned on his web developer tools as he continued his pursuit to get information about insurance options. Ben soon discovered a chain of security vulnerabilities that exposed users of the system to unnecessary risk.

After finding the HealthCare.gov customer service people unequipped to recieve reports of security vulnerabilities, Ben began blogging his discoveries. This spawned a storm of public attention in the midst of the political hot topic of the day. In this storm, Ben gathered a variety of public labels including "security researcher", "web expert", "methodical IT guru", and "not too bright". Ben's reports even came up in congressional hearings, in which the Secretary of Health and Human Services referred to Ben as "a sort of skilled hacker". Ben's reports helped bring attention, and eventually fixes, to problems that suggested a systematic lack of care and understanding of information security. Join Ben as he shares his experience, the issues he has found, and the lessons we can learn from HealthCare.gov.

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Ben Simo

Test Jumper, Medidata Solutions
Ben Simo (an amphibious time-traveling context-driven cyborg software tester), also known as QualityFrog, is a skilled context-driven software tester and agile software developer, who has been practicing his craft for over two decades. Ben views software testing as a cognitively complex... Read More →

Wednesday August 13, 2014 12:45pm - 1:55pm EDT
10th fl Rosenthal Pavillion

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