[Owasp-leaders] Full time OWASP evangelist...

Jerry Hoff jerry at owasp.org
Fri Dec 14 04:52:28 UTC 2012

Esteemed Board and Leaders,

I've been doing a lot of thinking about OWASP and our mission - and I really think we need a little more balance.

We obviously have a strong volunteer base consisting of many of the most experienced and motivated web app sec pros on the planet.

However, I think we also need more full time owasp employees to evangelize, coordinate and guide us as we experience sustained growth, attention and involvement.

We want to make appsec more visible, to inform as many stakeholders as possible of the security issues that plague web and application development.

To better achieve these ends I move to start a petition / movement to hire a full time evangelist. 

Ideally this would be a position filled by a vocal advocate for OWASP and appsec who can take our message and advance it out to the developer community at large.

This role could also assist the other full time owasp employees shape and guide the organization and its outreach efforts. 

Along with owasp, I've been highly involved with toastmasters - what they have done as an organization can easily serve as an organizational  template for us. 

I have deep love and respect for OWASP and everyone who volunteers - I'm extremely confident that investing in a full time evangelist will reap huge returns and cement OWASP even more firmly in the development world.

Leaders, what do you think? Would love to hear from those who agree / disagree. Anyone interested in full time OWASP evangelizing?

In the meantime I'm going to be working towards getting corporate sponsorship to fund more full timers.

Distinti saluti,

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