rOpenSci | Community Call - Security for R

Community Call - Security for R

“Security” can be a daunting, scary, and (frankly) quite often a very boring topic. BUT!, we promise that this Community Call on May 7th will be informative, engaging, and enlightening (or, at least not boring)!

Applying security best practices is essential not only for developers or sensitive data storage but also for the everyday R user installing R packages, contributing to open source, working with APIs or remote servers. However, keeping up-to-date with security best practices and applying them meticulously requires significant effort and is difficult without expert knowledge. On this Call you’ll hear about how the ropsec package can help you and you’ll learn the inner secrets of maintaining confidentiality, integrity, and availability throughout all your data science workflows.

100% of the contributors to this post agree this is a “must attend” event.

🔗 Agenda

  1. Stefanie Butland - Welcome (3 min)
  2. Bob Rudis - Zen and the art of ensuring confidentiality & integrity in analytics workflows (20 min)
  3. Ildi Czeller - Authorization vs authentication explained through signing commits: why you should do it and how ropsec helps you do it the right way (15 min)
  4. Q & A (20 min)

🎤 See speaker bios below.

🔗 Join the Call

🕘 Tuesday, May 7th, 11 AM PDT (find your timezone)

☎️ Find details for joining on our Community Calls page. Everyone is welcome. No RSVP needed.

🎥 After the Call, we’ll post the video and notes from the Q & A.

What do YOU want to know about security for R? Tell us in the comments below.

🔗 Resources


Broader dev/datasci ecosystem

🔗 Speakers

Ildi Czeller

Ildi Czeller is a passionate R user, has been an R learner for 4 years and she uses it in her work every day as a Data Scientist at Emarsys. As security is not a central part of her work she tries to learn the essential parts first and then move on to more advanced topics. Ildi occasionally tweets (@czeildi) and blogs ( and aspires to become an active contributor to open source.

Ildi on GitHub, Twitter, Website

Bob Rudis

Bob Rudis has over 20 years of experience using data to help defend global Fortune 100 companies and is currently [Master] Chief Data Scientist at Rapid7 where he specializes in research on internet-scale exposure. He was formerly a Security Data Scientist & Managing Principal at Verizon, overseeing the team that produces the annual Data Breach Investigations Report. Bob is a serial tweeter (@hrbrmstr), avid blogger (, R (#rstats) avuncular, author (Data-Driven Security), speaker, and regular contributor to the open source community.

Bob on GitHub, Twitter, Website