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

Konstantinos Papapanagiotou Konstantinos at owasp.org
Fri Dec 14 21:00:16 UTC 2012

I've said in many occasions that I'm against OWASP having a CEO, and if an
"evangelist" means CEO, then I guess I'm against it as well. The main
reason would be that it would potentially place too much attention on a
single person and that person might end up actually "being" OWASP for a lot
of people.

I'd like to see that the responsibilities of that person will be before I
nominate someone. Also, what characteristics/qualities are we looking at?

Will he be doing training? Will he be the only one doing training? Why? Are
we moving away from the free training model that for example Eoin and Jim
gave? From the Training Days (
that were huge success both financially and in terms of reaching out to the

Aside from that I think that there are numerous amazing initiatives that
kicked off at some point but eventually stayed there and never grew
(training days are a perfect example). We need paid employees to make sure
that such initiatives keep going. I don't care if we call them project
managers, CEO, evangelists or whatever.


On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM, Jerry Hoff <jerry at owasp.org> wrote:

> I think a technical evangelist / CEO role would pay for himself / herself
> almost immediately.
> Imagine doing training where all the $$ goes back to OWASP, in addition to
> spending time doing fundraising, etc....
> Jerry
> On Dec 14, 2012, at 11:26 AM, Eoin <eoin.keary at owasp.org> wrote:
> > Jerry,
> > It comes down to cash and revenue stream. I'd love  to have a CEO of
> owasp also.
> >
> >
> > Eoin Keary
> > Owasp Global Board
> > +353 87 977 2988
> >
> >
> > On 14 Dec 2012, at 04:52, Jerry Hoff <jerry at owasp.org> wrote:
> >
> >> 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,
> >> Jerry
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