[Owasp-board] Fwd: OWASP Foundation - PCI Training - Call for trainers

Jason Li jason.li at owasp.org
Wed May 6 21:48:27 UTC 2015

So was this a legitimate email?
Per Martin's message, I'm a little surprised to see it given OWASP's general stance on vendor neutrality.
If the training will be publicly available via OWASP channels and revenue is split with the organization, it would seem reasonable by an outsider to infer endorsement of the trainer by OWASP.
Per Michael's note, some additional details and insights might help frame the request...

From: Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:02 AM
Subject: Re: [Owasp-board] Fwd: OWASP Foundation - PCI Training - Call for trainers
To: Seba <seba at owasp.org>
Cc: OWASP Foundation Board List <owasp-board at lists.owasp.org>

          I received this email on 3 or 4 lists. I can only assume we sent it to all mailing lists.    
On May 5, 2015, at 11:26 PM, Seba <   seba at owasp.org> wrote:   
                in the footer it states           "You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "OWASP Summit 2013" group." ??                regards                Seba      
             On Wed, May 6, 2015 at 8:21 AM Michael Coates <       michael.coates at owasp.org> wrote:       
                                  Did we send this out to the all of our mailing lists?                            
                            It seems very ad hoc and without the right info for a mass email.                             
                            Why would we want to send a trainer rfp to 10,000s of people for a 125 person event?                            
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           Date: May 5, 2015 at 7:39:12 PM PDT           
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           Subject:            OWASP Foundation - PCI Training - Call for trainers           
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                     OWASP has been asked by an organization to provide PCI training to their team of 125 developers and a high level training to their 1000+ end users, or "card handlers"                                           
                                                                Below are the general guidelines for the training program                                                                                                                                                   

The developer training will be held as 5, 4 hour, virtual classes with 25 students in each class.

The card handler training will be completed through a 1 hour recorded webinar.

The recorded webinar will be posted on the OWASP YouTube Channel and be publicly available.

This is a paid training opportunity.  The standard 40/60 revenue split with the trainer will be in effect.  

Please submit your course outline and abstract here:                                              https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pci20150                                                                   
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