[Owasp-board] Vendor Neutrality

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Wed Feb 13 23:31:09 UTC 2013

See section 5.02 of the bylaws which state chapter meetings must follow the chapter handbook.



Points to....


Which state that all OWASP Chapter meetings need to be free per our bylaws.

There is also this...


Which states that vendors need to act independently at chapter meetings and chapter activites.

In my opinion, this kind of activity completely blurs the lines between where OWASP ends and vendors start.

I think we should do (a lot) better. Especially for an event driven by a board member!

- Jim Manico
(808) 652-3805

> This is an OWASP Chapter Training event with a  similar revenue split as the
> OWASP Conferences.
> While I think it could have been made more clear that this is an OWASP
> Training event, and not just a Trustwave vendor training pitch in the email,
> I wouldn't call this a major foul.
> For example, it would have been better (in my opinion) if it said something
> like:
> "As a special introduction to the SpiderLabs instructor led course being
> offered as part of the 1st ever OWASP NYC Chapter Training Event, I would
> like to extend to you ..."
> If this was just Trustwave trying to promote their own training event that
> had nothing to do with OWASP, then yes, this would cross the line in my
> opinion. (But its not).
> -Dave
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org
> [mailto:owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org] On Behalf Of Jim Manico
> Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:48 PM
> To: OWASP Foundation Board List
> Subject: [Owasp-board] Vendor Neutrality
> A few folks sent this text my way today. This went out to the NYC chapter
> list yesterday. What do you think, Board, is this respecting vendor
> neutrality?
> *****
> From: Tom Brennan <tomb at owasp.org>
> Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:56 PM
> To: "OWASPNYCMETRO-announce at meetup.com" <OWASPNYCMETRO-announce at meetup.com>
> Subject: [OWASPNYCMETRO] NYC March 13th Training
> Details: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/NYC
> As a special introduction to the SpiderLabs instructor led course I would
> like to extend to you a $500 discount code "TRUSTWAVE_500OFF" to be used
> during check-out.
> Hack Your Own Code: Advanced Training for Developers (2 Day Training Course)
> This class provides security developers an exciting chance to hone their
> programming skills while also learning to exploit common web
> vulnerabilities.
>  For more information on the (3) training classes available visit:
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/NYC
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