Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July 2019 Connector

  July 2019


Letter from the Vice-Chairman:
Since the last Connector, the Foundation has seen an extremely positive response to hosting a Global AppSec conference in Tel Aviv. The event was well attended with great speakers and training, furthering our mission to improving software security on a global level.

Next up we have a Global AppSec conference in both Amsterdam and Washington DC. We have migrated away from the regional naming convention so in previous years these events would have been Europe and US. Planning for both events is well underway with some excellent keynotes being lined up. We hope you can join us at these conferences.

As part of our community outreach, the Board and volunteers will be at BlackHat and DEFCON in Las Vegas next month. The Board will have a two-day workshop two days before the conference, but during the conference will look to talk to and collaborate with as many of the community as possible. We are really looking forward to this.

It is that time of the year again, the global Board of Directors nominations are now open. There are four seats up for re-election: mine (Owen), Ofer, Sherif, and Chenxi. I would ask those who would like to help drive the strategic direction of the Foundation to step forward. If you are not interested in running, why not submit questions to those who are running.

Recently the Executive Director has put forward a new initiative to change the way in which we utilize our funds in achieving our mission. The aim here is to have one pot of money where there will be fewer restrictions to chapter expenses. Funds will be provided to all, albeit as long as they are reasonable. The Board sees this as a positive step in our community outreach.

Finally, I would like to ask those who are interested in supporting the Foundation, reach out to each Board member about assisting in  one of the following strategic goals, as set out by the board at the start of the year:
  • Marketing the OWASP brand 
  • Membership benefits
  • Developer outreach
    • Improve benefits 
    • Decrease the possibility of OWASP losing relevance
    • Reaching out to management and Risk levels
    • Increase involvement in new tech/ ways of doing things – dev-ops
  • Project focus 
    • Get Universities involved
    • Practicum sponsored ideas
    • Internships 
  • Improve finances
  • Improve OWASP/ Board of Directors Perception
  • Process improvement
  • Get consistent Executive Director support
  • Community empowerment
Thanks and best wishes,
Owen Pendlebury, Vice Chair

Change: If we change nothing, how could we expect to be in a different place a year from now? It has been truly a pleasure these first six months as your Interim Executive Director and I look forward to many years to come. Everyone has done a great job helping me see our opportunities and challenges. And the challenges are real - both internally and our position in the infosec community. I’m biased toward action.

My first task has been to redesign and optimize our operations. This will help staff to be more responsive while also saving the funds donated to the Foundation for our work on projects and chapters. This will also mean changes for you too. Communities work better when everyone always assumes we are all operating with the best of intentions. I can assure you that is the case of our Board, leaders, and staff. Evaluate our changes through this view and we’ll save time and our collective sanity.

One big project that is coming to life is our new website. We will soon be entering our 20th year and we needed to not just refresh the look but completely retool it for the next 20 years. We are rebuilding it from the ground up and we can’t wait to share our progress. Over the next month or so we will be sharing more information on that project. Stay tuned!

Mike McCamon, Interim Executive Director

OWASP is pleased to announce our newest staff member, Sibah Poede will be joining us as the Events Coordinator and will begin full-time on 1 July.

Sibah is a graduate of London South Bank University where she received a BA (Hons) Marketing Management. Prior to that, she gained a diploma in Market & Economics at the Copenhagen Business School, Neil’s Brock, Denmark. After graduation, she launched her career in London working with Hilton International hotels at the Conference and Events department. She eventually moved on to work with Kaplan International Colleges in the marketing department. Later, she joined Polyglobe Group, and then Uniglobe within the travel sector, where she was involved in global exhibitions and events, account management and sales.

She has lived in Denmark, Nigeria, Switzerland, and currently lives in London. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and learning new cultures. She is also part of the Soup Kitchen Muswell Hill, a charity organization involved in feeding the homeless.
Please join us in welcoming Sibah to the team.

Emily Berman
Events Director
As many of you are aware, the OWASP Foundation has a Meetup Pro account.  We are requesting that all Chapters, Projects, Committees, and any other OWASP Meetup pages be transferred to the OWASP Foundation account.
OWASP Foundation will be the Organizer of the Group and all Leaders/Administrators will be Co-Organizers with the same edit rights.  
Once the Meetup page is transferred to our account, the Foundation will be funding the cost of the Meetup page.  If you do not want to continue being charged for your Meetup subscription account, you should then cancel it. Thereafter no Chapter, Project, etc. will be billed for Meetup.  Going forward the Foundation will no longer approve any reimbursement requests for Meetup.

  For instructions on how to move your Meetup group to the OWASP Foundation account please see https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Meetup_Information

OWASP Members visit our website for $200 savings on Briefing passes for BlackHat USA 2019.


You may also be interested in one of our other affiliated events:

Event Date Location
OWASP Auckland Training Day 2019 August 10, 2019 Auckland, New Zealand
OWASP security.ac.nc-Wellington Day 2019 August 24, 2019 Wellington , New Zealand
OWASP Portland Training Day September 25, 2019 Portland, OR
OWASP Italy Day Udine 2019 September 27, 2019 Udine, Italy
OWASP Portland Day October 16,2019 Wroclaw, Poland
BASC 2019 (Boston Application Security Conference) October 19,2019 Burlington, MA
LASCON X October 24-25,2019 Austin, TX
OWASP AppSec Day 2019 Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2019 Melbourne, Australia
German OWASP Day 2019 December 9-10, 2019 Karlsruhe, Germany

Event Date Location
BlackHat USA 2019 August 3-8,2019 Las Vegas, Nevada
DefCon 27 August 8-11,2019 Las Vegas, Nevada
it-sa-IT Security Expo and Congress October 8-10, 2019 Germany


Project Reviews from Global AppSec Tel Aviv 2019 are still being worked on.  Thank you to the reviewers that helped with it.  If you have time to help finalize the reviews, please contact me (harold.blankenship@owasp.com) and let me know.

We continue to push forward with Google Summer of Code.  First and student evaluations are past and we are in our third work period.  Final evaluations are due 19th August!
The Project Showcase at Global AppSec DC 2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic track.  Please note the following schedule.
Time Thursday, September 12
10:30 Secure Medical Device Deployment Standard Christopher Frenz
11:30 Secure Coding Dojo Paul Ionescu
1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
15:30 API Security Project Erez Yalon
16:30 Defect Dojo Matt Tesauro
Time Friday, September 13
10:30 Dependency Check Jeremy Long
11:30 SAMM John Ellingsworth, Hardik Parekh
1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
15:30 SEDATED Dennis Kennedy
16:30 <open>  

New Release of ESAPI # 

On June 25, a new ESAPI release, the first in over 3 years, was uploaded to Maven Central. The release # is The release includes over 100 closed GitHub Issues and over 2600 additional unit tests. For more details, see the release notes at:

A special shout out to project co-leader Matt Seil, and major contributors Jeremiah Stacey and Dave Wichers for their ongoing invaluable assistance in this effort.
-- Kevin Wall, ESAPI project co-lead
OWASP ESAPI wiki page and the GitHub project page.


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