[Owasp-board] WASPY Awards and Questionable Ethics

Eoin eoin.keary at owasp.org
Mon Oct 1 08:01:26 UTC 2012


Jim, being a board member I certainly had no part in nominating the individuals on the short list. 
I actually only know what 3 of them actually did for OWASP.
Was the nomination for the finalists Nat a community activity?



Eoin Keary
Owasp Global Board
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On 1 Oct 2012, at 03:02, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

> Folks,
> 
> The WASPY Awards (Web Application Security Person of the Year) is leaving me very concerned.
> 
> After reading... 
> 
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/WASPY_Awards
> 
> ...it looks like only the board will vote for the winners.
> 
>     "The OWASP board will review the profiles of the chapter/project level winners and will then select 5 Global finalists."
> 
> I also noticed that Tom Brennan nominated two candidates who are his     co-workers (2 of the 13 candidates). Tom's company is also one of the sponsors of this award. And as a board member he helps vote on the winners. Both of these projects show Tom as the project leader.
> 
>     Candidate:Ryan Barnett
>     Candidate Submitted By:OWASP HTTP POST TOOL
>     Accomplishments:Ryan is a core developers on the OWASP CRS project https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_ModSecurity_Core_Rule_Set_Project
>     Why this person was chosen?When working on the HTTP POST TOOL we made it available ....
> 
>     Candidate: Charles Henderson
>     Candidate Submitted By: OWASP RFP       Project https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_RFP-Criteria
>     Accomplishments: This OWASP effort has been adopted by numerous organizations worldwide to help them meet       their contracting needs when procuring application security services.    
>     Why this person was chosen?Project contributor
> 
> So may I ask if OWASP board members who nominated candidates plan to recuse themselves from the voting? Or better yet, isn't it more appropriate allow the membership community to vote for the Web Application Security Person of the Year?
> 
> Or Tom, did you plan to sponsor, nominate and elect the winner? I once again cry foul. This is again why I am very concerned with you running for board when you make decisions like this with questionable ethics.
> 
> PS: Ryan Barnett and Chris Henderson are both stellar professionals and this is in no way reflective of their talent. 
> 
> Thank you,
> Jim Manico
> OWASP Volunteer
> @manicode
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