[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Consumer Reports Project

McGovern, James F. (P+C Technology) James.McGovern at thehartford.com
Mon Apr 12 09:44:44 EDT 2010


ASVS is NOT "visible" through the lens of a consumer.

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This is what asvs is for...

On 4/12/10, McGovern, James F. (P+C Technology)
<James.McGovern at thehartford.com> wrote:
> Was noodling a conversation I had awhile back with Tom Brennan and 
> came up with an idea. If we truly want to make application security 
> visible, then we should figure out a way to partner with say Consumer 
> Reports (or at least borrow the Harvey Ball notation) where we compare

> the security of poular sites to each other. For example, wouldn't a 
> lot of consumers want to know which brokerage firm is most secure 
> where we compare TD Ameritrade to Fidelity to E*Trade to Schwab and so
on?
>
> Likewise, in order to get a quote for auto insurance, you have to 
> surrender lots of personally-identifiable information ranging from 
> social security number to drivers license, etc. Wouldn't it be good if

> Consumers knew which auto insurance carrier was most secure where we 
> compared The Hartford to Travelers, Progressive, Geico and so on?
>
> The media at large would jump all over this idea and would provide us 
> with coverage. Likewise, for those being compared and receive less 
> than favorable ratings, may actually not just have their developers 
> pay attention to OWASP but also executive row! Of course, we would 
> need to come up with normalized criteria, but it wouldn't take too 
> long to put together. Criteria would include things like knowing they 
> are running the latest patch version of web server software, dns zone 
> transfer, basic input validation and other things that are observable 
> as a smart security consumer. At no time, would we scan a site without
permission.
>
> Thoughts?
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