[Owasp-leaders] Vendor Neutrality

Jason Johnson jason.johnson at owasp.org
Thu Feb 14 16:26:01 UTC 2013

Dear Dear OWASP

I'm new as a chapter leader for the okc chapter. What I LOVE about this
foundation is the passion and help people want to give to the community.
People ask me how secure am I at home when I'm online or doing website work
on my daughters computer. This is what lead me to owasp to fix up Oklahoma
to swim in this huge knowledge pool. I love owasp and will defend its right
to be open and free to learn, free to play hacker, cracker whatever. Above
all for myself and others to see how passionate we are about securing our
schools, businesses and lifestyles. I believe OWASP to be an attitude.
Joining this foundation of 3weeks has changed my outlook on security. I can
relate to the OWASP value statement. Shame on us the moment we use this for
personal gain in any form.

If you want to come to a meeting and see energy and have some fun looking
at funny code or breaking my computer. Ultimately maybe learn something and
pledge some extra bucks to the foundation, thats solid.

OWASP is an idea, we all have tons of them but we will never make you pay
for them.

Love the idea

On Feb 14, 2013 9:56 AM, "Dennis Groves" <dennis.groves at owasp.org> wrote:

> On 14 Feb 2013, at 15:19, Paolo Perego wrote:
> I'm pretty sure that Tom would explain his point of view but
> the philosophy "let all of us use the brand Owasp in the way we love most
> since we must pay bills" is something I don't think is in the original idea
> of the Owasp itself.
> I can confirm your belief Paolo. From the beginning:
> OWASP Mission:
> Application security is still relatively immature and there is significant
> FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) being purveyed by the industry. This
> project aims to be an open source reference point for system architects,
> developers, vendors, consumers and security professionals involved in the
> Design, Development, Deployment and Testing the security of web
> applications and web services. Security professionals will be able to use
> the work to incorporate in their work. Security vendors will be able to
> base services and software on this project and consumers will be able to
> baseline and test applications or services they receive.
> OWASP Founders:
> OWASP is a community effort where work is contributed by *volunteers*. We
> are currently in the process of registering OWASP as a charitable
> foundation and have recently engaged a funding company to lobby for
> appropriate funding to further the work.
>    - The Chair of the project is Mark Curphey who moderates the webappsec
>    mailing list at securityfocus.com.
>    - The Vice Chair of the project is Dennis Groves who is currently
>    engaged in developing public speaking material and presentations for OWASP.
>    - The web site and content manager is Kevin Jeong who is responsible
>    for all web site development as well as editing and publishing all content.
>    - The Industry Robert "Bob" Rodger runs the Industry Advisor panel
>    - The OWASP foundation and all business administration are managed by
>    Tim Smith
> OWASP Values
> I can thus speak with some authority on this subject.
> OWASP was started because my employer at the time fired me for not
> participating in crimes. My employer wanted me to hack potential sales
> clients and then teach the sales people what I had done to break into the
> client without obtaining the clients permission. This way the sales people
> could tell the potential clients that their websites were so insecure that
> even a sales guy could hack it. I declined to participate; stating that
> this was a crime in the united states and was fired on the spot.
> OWASP began as a direct result of that event. The purpose was a moral
> obligation to stop such companies from exploiting their asymmetrical
> knowledge. We (the founders) were very jaded about the security industry
> and the vast number of snake-oil salesmen in the industry.
> OWASP from the beginning was an altruistic effort to make the world a
> better place through education, and I feel it still is.
> I also believe that the rewards come from the respect, influence and
> opportunities gained directly from making the world a better place. I think
> that is as true 13 years later as it was when we started OWASP.
> Dennis
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