Tuesday, June 29, 2010

OWASP NY/NJ Chapter Update

The purpose of this email is to inform the (1381) mailing list members of recent changes with OWASP NY/NJ Chapter.

It is with great pleasure that I announce your 100% Volunteer Chapter Leaders:

Chapter Vice President(s)
1st Vice President
- Dan Guido

2nd Vice President
- Douglas Shin

Chapter Leaders
-Marcin Wielgoszewski
-Peter Dean
-Mahi Dontamsetti
-Blake Cornell
-Tom Ryan
-Vlad Gostomelsky
-Arkadiy Goykhberg
- Kuai Hinojosa
- Brian Peister

By a vote of the above peers I was nominated and supported to continue to in addition to my global role with OWASP Foundation to retain the role of President of the local chapter. For those that have heard the chapter founding story of 5 guys, pizza and sql injection when we first started... boy have we grown together since I got involved in 2004.

The selfless mission of OWASP Foundation is to make application security visible, so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about true application security risks. As we embark on another cycle, I would like to remind everyone to review ABOUT OWASP at: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/About_OWASP with a special focus on Ethics and Principals as I believe its core to our association. Locally, at a high level, our plans are to continue to work with regional universities, like minded associations, regional industry leaders with focus groups and continue to have regional meetings, training events and social meet-ups to help our community continue to grow.

In addition please find to follow (2) important items:

#1 - To manage the flux of individuals requesting to speak at a OWASP event we now utilize a CFP (Call for papers) system. To be selected your submission should highlight a NEW or existing OWASP Project. Submissions are voted on by ALL chapter leaders to ensure we adhere to vendor agnostic content. Access it by visiting URL: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/NYNJMetro and find the information under the HOW-TO #1 to get submitted.

If you are unclear about how to start a OWASP project no worries.. see: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/How_to_Start_an_OWASP_Project or just ask.

#2 - Our association needs needs places to hold meetings, trainings, events in New York City and Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey. If you would like to help simply visit our chapter website at http://www.owasp.org/index.php/NYNJMetro to contact one of our many chapter leaders to get started. With a team of (12) we scale to share the work load as volunteers so if you want to help out just ask and we would like to schedule venue's as far in advance as possible.

On behalf of the entire team, thank you for your continued support of our local chapter and OWASP Foundation. If you have found value with our (118) projects, events conferences or educational seminars we hope that you will become a voting member of our professional association with tax deductible individual a donation of $50.00 see: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Membership for full details.

Finally, members of the OWASP association will be at the following events coming soon, we hope to see you too!

The Next HOPE in NYC


Security BSides Las Vegas


Defcon 18

International Conference on Cyber Security

and many more... check in on http://www.owasp.org/index.php/NYNJMetro often as this email list is used for announcements only.

Tom Brennan
Global Board & NY/NJ Chapter Leader
OWASP Foundation

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