Madhu Akula

Automation Ninja, Appsecco

Madhu is a security ninja, security and devops researcher with extensive experience in the industry ranging from client facing assignments building scalable and secure infrastructure, to publishing industry leading research to running training sessions for companies and governments alike.

Madhu’s research papers are frequently selected for major security industry conferences including Defcon 24, All Day DevOps (2016, 2017), DevSecCon (London, Singapore, Boston), DevOpsDays India, c0c0n, Serverless Summit, ToorCon, DefCamp, SkydogCon, NolaCon and null, etc. Madhu was a keynote speaker for the National Cyber Security conference at Dayananda Sagar College in Feb 2016.

When he’s not working with Appsecco’s clients or speaking at events he’s actively involved in researching vulnerabilities in open source products/platforms such as WordPress, Ntop, Opendocman etc. and is also a contributing bug hunter with Code Vigilant (a project to Secure Open Source Software). His research has identified many vulnerabilities in over 200 organisations including US Department of Homeland Security, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Adobe, LinkedIn, Ebay, At&t, Blackberry, Cisco, Barracuda etc. He is also an active member with Bugcrowd, Hackerone, Synack etc.

Madhu has trained over 5000 people in information security for companies and organisations including the Indian Navy and the Ministry of e-services in a leading Gulf state.

He is co-author of Security Automation with Ansible2 book published by Packt Publishing in December 2017, which is listed as a resource by the RedHat Ansible itself.

Participating sessions details

Title Description type When Time Acting as
SOC Monitoring Visualisation AppSec SOC Monitoring Visualisation working-session Wed PM-2 participant
AWS Lambda Security How to secure Lambda functions product-session Wed PM-1 participant
Security Crowdsourcing Working Sessions for Security Crowdsourcing working-session Tue PM-3 participant
Securing GitHub Integrations How to secure Github Integrations working-session participant
Securing the CI Pipeline Secure the CI/CD pipeline working-session Thu PM-2,PM-3 participant
Security Champions team participant
Agile Practices for Security Teams Agile Practices for Security Teams working-session Tue PM-1 participant
Security Playbooks
Adding security to VSTS pipeline DevSecOps: adding security testing, review and configurations to a VSTS pipeline working-session Tue PM-3 participant
Docker and Kubernetes Threat Modeling Cheat Sheet Docker and Kubernetes Threat Modeling Cheat Sheet working-session Wed PM-1 participant

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