[Owasp-board] Fwd: [Owasp-leaders] Evangelism

Dinis Cruz dinis at ddplus.net
Tue Dec 12 15:29:25 UTC 2006

hey, you guys cool if I send a variation of this email to the owasp-world
mailing list?


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From: Dinis Cruz <dinis at ddplus.net>
Date: Dec 12, 2006 2:08 AM
Subject: Re: [Owasp-leaders] Evangelism
To: owasp-leaders at lists.owasp.org


Yes, after much internal debate I decided to agree with Jeff's idea for my
official OWASP title: Chief OWASP Evangelist.

I don't like the religious connotations, but technology evangelism does have
a somewhat different meaning, and looking at the other 'technical
evangelists' out there (and in the past) I do feel that I am following the
footsteps of giants :).

Anyway, what I want to do with this first email is to say Hi, and to offer
my services to you as a point of contact for OWASP related activities. One
of my main objectives is to maximize the potential of OWASP and its
community, so anything that I can do to help, just let me know.

I also want ALL of you and your companies to become OWASP members.

OWASP membership numbers are still ridiculously low, and I want to know why!

   - Is it because it is too expensive?
   - Is it because it is too complicated to join in?
   - Is it because there is no perceived added value in joining in?
   - Is it because you haven't had the time in the past to join? (see
   for more details)

Please let me know why you and your company haven't join as OWASP members
(and for the ones that have joined, let me know why you joined).

A couple other objectives for me:

   - Promote OWASP to OWASP (the reality is that most of us have no idea
   of what projects there are at OWASP and what they have already created /
   delivered (see for example
   - Promote collaboration and integration between OWASP projects (there
   are tons of potential synergies between OWASP projects out there)
   - Promote OWASP to the world, and let them know the great stuff that
   we are doing
   - Work with the OWASP chapters, so that what happens at locally is
   exposed to the rest of us (I also would like to see collaboration between
   chapters, and the re-use of materials)
   - Review the current OWASP tools and content and work with its
   creators to make it even better
   - Follow the final stages of the "OWASP Autumn of Code"
sponsorships https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Autumn_of_Code_2006_-_Selection
   and start working on the OWASP Spring of Code :)

I will also dramatically increase the number of emails to this leaders list
and to the owasp-world list (which goes to all owasp mailing list
subscribers), so let me know when the volume is too high :)

Don't forget to add more ideas to

And remember, I am here to help. If I don't respond to your email in a
couple days, just keep resending it until you get an answer (my inbox
sometimes behaves like a black hole, the email goes in and never returns :)

Talk to you soon,

Dinis Cruz
Chief OWASP Evangelist, Are you a member yet?

On 12/8/06, Jeff Williams < jeff.williams at owasp.org> wrote:

>  Leaders,
> I've been spending a lot of time recently reflecting about how we can
> really make a difference. While I think we've been pretty effective at
> getting some good tools and materials put together, we are awful at getting
> out our message.  Even the OWASP Top Ten, our biggest awareness piece, just
> barely scratched the surface of what we need to accomplish.
> Dinis has agreed to become the Chief OWASP Evangelist, and I can't think
> of anyone better for the job.  Let's help him with some good ideas about how
> to get our application security out there in a way that really grabs
> developers, architects, managers, and software buyers.  How do we get
> application security on people's minds?
> OWASP has now grown to the scale that if we come up with some good ideas,
> we can reach a lot of the right people. So here's your opportunity – help us
> come up with some good ideas to promote OWASP.
> Won't you please take a few minutes and brainstorm with us?  Share your
> ideas here!!!
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Application_Security_Promotion_Ideas
> Thanks,
> --Jeff
> _______________________________________________
> OWASP-Leaders mailing list
> OWASP-Leaders at lists.owasp.org
> http://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/owasp-leaders

Dinis Cruz
Chief OWASP Evangelist, Are you a member yet?
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