[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Home Page Project

Erlend Oftedal Erlend.Oftedal at BEKK.no
Wed Sep 23 07:46:39 EDT 2009

I really like this project, and I think it's of big importance to the future of OWASP.

A couple of things:

1.       Design - We should have a design that looks good, but at the same time keeps traditional values related to security. These values need to be clear to whoever is doing the design. We can either hire a designer or crowd-source it as a competition (winner gets a free OWASP membership).

2.      The wiki itself - Are there better alternatives out there? I've been using atlassin confluence for quite some time, and it feels a lot better than the version of mediawiki we are currently using. Also I've heard it's easy to style to a new design. I guess Confluence is not free, but maybe we can get an "free for open source" license from them or something. Then again maybe there are newer versions of mediawiki have more functionality?


Fra: owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org [mailto:owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org] På vegne av Leonardo Cavallari Militelli
Sendt: 23. september 2009 13:32
Til: owasp-leaders at lists.owasp.org
Emne: Re: [Owasp-leaders] OWASP Home Page Project

Actually, it was not just discussed, but the OWASP Website Project was created during the Summit, however I can't even found its page.

Dave/Jason, do you guys have something to add up about this, since you were the one's who mentioned about it in the past?


On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 6:05 AM, Eoin <eoin.keary at owasp.org<mailto:eoin.keary at owasp.org>> wrote:
last November in Portugal we talked about tailoring the site to audience on the OWASP home page.
A technical link and also a user link, both taking a user to a menu of appropriate information.

2009/9/23 Tom Brennan - OWASP <tomb at owasp.org<mailto:tomb at owasp.org>>

yea http://www.aspectsecurity.com<http://www.aspectsecurity.com/> looks really good thumbs up to the guy who did it.... want to volunteer some time to owasp ;)

OWASP needs a pretty website too + the wiki behind it so that we can continue our collaboration effort. James McGovern and others have been noodling this.. and I hope that the OWASP Mini-Summit happening at the OWASP USA 2009 event on November 11th http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_AppSec_DC_2009 will allow for this very topic to be flushed out from the collaboration from the membership and if someone wants a project this is one of the big ones to lend cycles to.

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 7:54 PM, Mike Boberski <mike.boberski at cox.net<mailto:mike.boberski at cox.net>> wrote:
I'm surprised no one jumped in on this thread; each is an item in my mind worth exploring; application security is incredibly hard to sell people on, such weak/non-existent mandates in this space. The Agile-like idea for example seems to pop up frequently, I think there is something to it. There is little arguing how the universe latched onto such a superficially silly thing with religious-like zeal; I have one customer right now for example where a development team is hiding behind the Agile Scrum process to the point of defying their management's (and their management's management's, and their management's management's management's) direct instruction to start addressing security concerns.

Some initial thoughts on each of the items:

I think the site could benefit for some high-level buckets near the top, similar to the recent Aspect Security web site update. Perhaps protect/detect/lifecycle as on the projects page.

Member companies should go to the top, to the side, for the reasons cited below. I turned many people during ASVS' development into ASVS reviewers once they scrolled to the bottom.

There is merit to the manifesto thing as mentioned above, the visible thing is a starting point but isn't all that it could be; here's a starting point for discussion: (1)A Web application may not disclose or modify user data without a data owner's permission or, through inaction, allow unauthorized disclosure or modification of user data. (2)A Web application must obey any inputs given to it by users or external systems, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. (3)A Web application must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

I'm not sure the media thing is actionable, other than adding a link to an OWASP POC to respond to media inquiries.


On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:16 PM, McGovern, James F (HTSC, IT) <James.McGovern at thehartford.com<mailto:James.McGovern at thehartford.com>> wrote:

Figured I would share some marketing oriented thoughts regarding OWASP with a focus on our web presence. If you feel I am full of it, then reply back :-)

 *   The OWASP website is not relatable. Who is the intended audience? Should we guide folks based on the roles they play?
 *   There is nothing to speak to the legitimacy of OWASP ..... until you scroll down to the bottom and see the corporate endorsements. Those should be higher up on the screen. For those who will debate legitimacy, we have to acknowledge that the masses within IT get giddy when they see famiilar logos. Think folks who love Gartner Magic Quadrants.
 *   Also on the home page there is nothing about what (specific) problem(s) OWASP addresses and fixes. Somewhat sporadic information. We need something more than making web application security visible.
 *   Are there any quotes from people/organizations that were helped by OWASP involvement? Testimonials would attract more attention. Have folks seen the Agile Manifesto and the signatories page? We should do something similar.
 *   Media coverage generally depends on a "face" to work their story. There are likely several angles you can utilize such as the "nimbleness" of a community vs. a corporation in solving a problem. How about a feature covering who are some of its participants. Sort of a personal profile.


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