[Owasp-board] Board decision on the NYC RFP
martin.knobloch at owasp.org
Thu Feb 8 22:34:23 UTC 2018
Yesterday your elected board decided not to have OWASP support an RFP to
build a cybersecurity center of excellence in NYC. The local NYC OWASP
community did an awesome job working to meet the RFP requirements and
assembling a team and a detailed proposal.
The team presented the submission generally during the past OWASP BOD call (
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/February_7,_2018) and in all details during
the executive meeting afterwards.
We decided (unanimously) not to support the proposal at an organizational
level for a couple of very basic reasons:
1. The activities would be geographically focused in NYC. As a global
entity, we should prioritize activities with a global interest.
2. The activities potentially involve a commercial interest which we
feel can introduce a conflict of interest to our mission.
3. The foundation has substantial commitments and existing priorities
with AppSec conferences, Projects and Chapters, which are already stressing
our existing resources.
4. We believe both the RFP process and further work around this
initiative would be a significant amount of work for the Foundation staff,
which could introduce risk to the core mission of OWASP.
With decisions that involve large amounts of effort, money and direction we
expect people to have strong opinions and ideas. We feel an acute
responsibility as your elected board to work to make the best decisions we
can for the global OWASP community - to direct our activities and funds
toward our mission, which is an open global application security
community. We deeply appreciate everyone’s contributions.
On behalf of the OWASP BOD,
OWASP Chairman of the BOD
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