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Speaker Interview: Joe Conway

Securing PostgreSQL -- Exploring the PostgreSQL STIG and Beyond   Wednesday 11:10   Baltic II+III

Twitter: @josepheconway LinkedIn: josepheconway Facebook: jconway

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hello, I am Joe Conway. Been involved with the PostgreSQL community since 1998, presently as a PostgreSQL Committer, Major Contributor, and Infrastructure Team member. I am also the author and maintainer of a PostgreSQL procedural language handler for the R language, PL/R. I am currently employed as VP PostgreSQL Engineering at Crunchy Data Solutions and a Board Member at the United States PostgreSQL Association (PgUS).

Have you enjoyed previous conferences, either as attendee or as speaker?

Yes, both.

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

I will be covering an overview of security related features in PostgreSQL and some closely related supporting open source software. I will also be going into some depth about the recently published Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), which is used by the US DoD and other security conscious agencies as a benchamark or standard for secure software configuration. The reason for this topic is that security is extremely important and has recently gained much attention due to the consequences of data breaches.

What is the audience for your talk?

The audience is anyone who wants to be made aware of the security considerations when setting up and using PostgreSQL as well as learn about tools to assist them in making PostgreSQL more secure.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

It would be helpful for attendees to have some basic experience setting up PostgreSQL, as well as basic knowledge of Linux systems administration.