[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Academies.

Konstantinos Papapanagiotou conpap at di.uoa.gr
Thu Oct 21 12:52:35 EDT 2010

Hi Sandra and welcome!

For the past 4-5 years I've been giving some lectures at the Department
of Informatics, University of Athens Greece (http://www.di.uoa.gr) as
part of the module "Information Systems Security" for the postgraduage
and undergraduate degree. These modules are tought on a 3-hour per week
basis. Usually I spend one lesson on web application security where
practically I present OWASP Top 10, giving some practical examples using
WebGoat and WebScarab. Depending on the available time the interest that
students demonstrate and also their background I expand on other
projects too such as OpenSAMM, ESAPI, Testing Guide, etc. I have put
together some slides for it but unfortunately they are in Greek.

At the same time, I have contacts with at least 4 universities in Greece
and the people that teach info-sec modules. For example, Vasileios
Vlachos (cc-ed), member of the Greek chapter committee is teaching such
modules at the Technological Educational Istitute of Larissa
(http://www.teilar.gr) and uses a very similar presentation. We are
already planning on expanding this initiative to other greek

Thus, I am more than willing to contribute to OWASP Academies in any way
I can.

Best regards,


At Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:17:38 PM, you wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have been asked by the OWASP Board to start off the process of
> designing and building a new concept that will be closely linked to
> the training activities promoted by OWASP and that intends to take this area one step further.
> The idea is to create what we will call OWASP Academies – 
> http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Academies. 
> The OWASP Academies will be a frame under which work should be done
> with Universities, Polytechnic Institutes, IT Schools and other
> Academic institutions with a view to establish solid relationships and
> develop with these organisms ways to collaborate and participate in
> the design of courses focused on web application security.
> OWASP has the knowledge and critical mass to give an invaluable input
> to any Academy focusing on this area – both by contributing with its
> expertise in the definition of curricula and course contents that
> explore and study the web security field and by making available to
> the Academy its pool of interested and willing security experts as trainers.
> As mentioned above, this concept is just at its beginning and we do
> not have, as of yet, a clear methodology or set of rules to implement
> what hopefully will be a new area of work for OWASP. What is clear,
> however, is that to make this happen we will need your input and
> ideas, your energy and your initiative. Moreover, as we are planning
> to include this discussion in one of the Working Sessions to be held
> in the upcoming OWASP Summit 2011, this would be the perfect timing to
> gather your input and contributions.
> Being so, if you have contacts within your local academic communities
> and would like to be involved in the design and development of this 
> concept, please do get back to me with your thoughts!
> I am looking forward to hearing from you!
> Regards,
> Sandra
> Sandra Paiva
> OWASP Training Manager

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