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About the St Louis Quality Assurance Association

Background The idea of starting the St. Louis Quality Assurance Association (STLQAA) was born because of the need of having a place and time to gather with colleagues of software quality in the area, and was also inspired by the activities of the previous association.

Founders The founders of the STLQAA are all certified CSTE and/or CSQA and their combined experience is the greatest value for this group.

The STLQAA counts on the experience of one of the chairpersons who participated in the previous association.


Next Meeting is on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016

Time: 5 PM-8:00PM

Location:  SSM Health

10101 Woodfield Lane

St. Louis, MO 63132

Room:  Computer Room C - On the right through the glass doors once you come in the main entrance





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Topic Leader






Linda Pretre










Data Security

Every second of every day, an enterprise is under attack by hackers who are constantly probing for and finding weaknesses in web applications.  Developers and testers have a responsibility to create secure applications, but too often, they lack the knowledge and tools to accomplish this task.  This presentation will discuss the knowledge and tools required to build a secure application and demonstrate several kinds of hacking attacks that testers need to know in order to verify an application is truly secure.


Jeff Ayers


Application Security

I have been a software developer and architect for over 27 years, and I started out back in Silicon Valley working for GTE Government systems where I held a Top Secret clearance – back in the day when the Soviet Empire was the worst evil in the world.  In 2003, I came to St. Louis to join a start-up called Mobile Armor, now owned by Trend Micro, where I was a part of a team that created a full-disk encryption system, and where I immersed myself in many areas of application security including encryption, key management, passwords, and secure communications.  I joined Scottrade, an online trading company, in 2009 to become their first Application Security Architect.  This was my first experience working for an enterprise dedicated to online users, and the first company I attempted to implement an application security program.  In January of 2012, I joined Savvis, a cloud computing company now owned by CenturyLink, as an Application Security Architect and worked on anti-DDoS, secure backups, and architected an IPS application into their new cloud solution.  I also trained about 300 developers, testers, and architects on how to write secure applications.  Recently, I joined Centene, the 4th largest health care company in the U.S., to build an application security program.  

  7:15-8:00   Networking


Driving Directions

Directions to SSM Health at Woodfield:

270 to Olive Blvd. East 

Turn left at Old Olive

Take a right on Corporate Square and the building is 1/2 mile on your left

Once inside go to the right through the glass doors down the hallway to Computer Room C


QAI Global Institute

The QAI Global Institute, formerly known as Quality Assurance Institute, was founded in 1980 in the United States of America. QAI's founding objective was and remains to provide leadership in improving quality, productivity, and effective solutions for process management in the information services profession. It is a worldwide membership organization serving over 1000 corporate members, organized to share state-of-the-art methods, tools, and techniques. Combined experience of QAI experts and their member companies provides an impressive body of knowledge, a reservoir for their members to share. QAI has transformed this knowledge and experience into a "how-to" approach that is being taught worldwide.

QAI takes pride in being one of the first professional organizations to recognize the need for quality assurance and to have the vision to be exclusively devoted to the information technology profession. QAI provides leadership and state-of-the-art solutions in the form of consulting, education and training services, and assessments.

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