J-Spring 2018: Siren Hofvander – Making cookies healthy. Security in a web based world

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Our world has grown more complicated since cookies were first baked into web browsers as a way around state-based obstacles and sessions. In the intervening years they have held everything from unsecured administrative credentials to language preferences and even our window scroll location. But while the wild-west years of plaintext credential storage are hopefully over, they are still an ever-present and integral part of our online interactions with significant impact on our experience, both positively and negatively.

The future of these little nuggets of information looks just as busy as ever, with a myriad of more strict privacy concerns now built in and an increasingly complex network of personalization and tracking now enabled by advanced algorithms of machine learning and Big Data one thing is for certain; we are still living in The Age of The Cookie.

Bio Siren: Have you seen a fire breathing dragon dual wield my little pony figurines? How about an IT Security employee with a burning passion for keeping users say, security fun and accessible? Siren Hofvander delivers on the latter and strives for the former in her daily job as CSO for Min Doktor. She specialises in building security into the SDLC and firmly believes that security is a task for everyone, not just the hacker elite. She also heads up the Malmö based IT Security group SecuriTea and is an avid forum contributor.

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