[Owasp-leaders] Security 101 Mailing List?

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Wed Jan 25 23:26:42 UTC 2012

I recently gave a security presentation to a group of developers in the health care startup scene.  There was great turnout and they really loved Webgoat (delivered via OWASP BWA).  As I left the presentation I pointed them at a variety of OWASP links - top 10, cheat sheets, secure coding guidelines - but I felt that it was a missed opportunity to really engage the group that had so much to gain from OWASP.

What are people's thoughts about establishing a OWASP-Security-101 mailing list?  The idea would be to have this be a public list where developers would ask basic/intro web security questions.  We (OWASP leaders) would then direct people to available OWASP resources or answer the questions directly.

This idea would create an ecosystem with developers that are not security experts per se (e.g. getting past the echo chamber). In addition, this will quickly identify gaps in OWASP resources ( 5 questions about topic X and we have no OWASP page on that topic).  

The goal here isn't to replace something like stack overflow, but instead to create an inviting space within OWASP where we can integrate more developers and publicize/enhance OWASP tools, resources, etc.

One important thing for this new list would be that it's a safe place to ask "dumb" questions.  I think we could really distinguish ourselves here since many people are nervous about jumping into a more technical mailing list and just getting the "Did you google it?" type answer.

Thoughts?  OWASP-Security-101?

Michael Coates
michael.coates at owasp.org

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