I would like to provide a 2009 Q3 update about the OWASP Foundation on a couple of high-level items.
#0 - OWASP @ Blackhat 2009 - If you will making the trip to #Blackhat (that's twitter speak) be sure to join us for the OWASP breakout briefing about Critical Infrastructures July 29, 16:45 in Genoa room this is the OFFICIAL meet-up.
#1 - OWASP EU Poland Videos are now online (thanks Seba) and people can quickly get to them by going to http://www.owasp.tv or http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_AppSec_Europe_2009_-_Poland see OWASP blip videos share any of them with your teams = free SDLC training
#2 - OWASP board meetings have been happening every month for sometime now. One of the most common questions I get personally is "what happened at the last meeting..." well its not a secret ivory tower actually - we keep agenda's and results of each monthly meeting ensuring that the OWASP ethics and principals are being adhered to. So you can find this information both historic and future meetings online see: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Board_Meetings - should you have a topic that you feel is critical for OWASP Foundation we request that you communicate first with the appropriate Global Committee as the purpose of these groups is to be a VOICE for each region in the world and then focus on a defined mission with a team of energy filled persons see:
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Global_Committee_Pages note each committee is led by a board member as well.
Questions about money, tax returns etc., are all located online as well see: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Foundation and managed by Alison, what other professional technology group do you belong to that is this transparent?
#3 - Global Committee's brings out another point - if you would like to help OWASP continue to grow and have some cycles for selflessness volunteerism or simply a suggestion based on your experiences - join the mailing list and or contact the Global Committee http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Global_Committee_Pages the best way to change the world is to start with your local chapter, then region the globally.
#4 - OWASP Podcasts http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Podcast got questions, comments or feedback for Jim Manico and team that have been working very hard to bring you interviews with AppSec folks globally, let them know send a email to email@example.com with your comments and favorite episode and why.
#5 - OWASP Projects have been updated. Have a review of the existing ones as well as detailed how-to on new projects see:
#6 - HELP WANTED - The OWASP Job Board has lots of active postings of firms looking for the best in the industry, if you are looking for employment or if it is time to change gears and accelerate your career visit http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Jobs to have a look around
#7 - OWASP Conferences -
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_AppSec_Conference the USA, DC OWASP event is going to be a BIG event plan now to attend it lock in your hotels and travel early. If you would like to host a conference in 2010 be sure to contact Kate Hartmann with your proposal for consideration for 2010.
#8 - OWASP GRANTS/SoC want to work on a OWASP project? Want to sponsor a OWASP project take the time to review the following:
There is so much energy and passion with the OWASP Foundation, thank you for being a member of our mailing lists and if you are an Individual Member (a $50.00 annual donation) or a Organization Supporter (a $5000.00 annual donation) and Accredited University Supporters are FREE so talk to your University if they are not on the list already.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO ALLOW US TO CONTINUE ON THE MISSION of "to make application security visible, so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about true application security risks"
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