[Owasp-leaders] Your input/ help requested for EC grant project proposal?

Adrian Winckles adrian.winckles at owasp.org
Thu May 2 14:20:41 UTC 2013

Hi Seba

Happy to have some involvement, even at a minor level

I'm currently part of a funded FP7 EU Project consortium looking at developing an English Centre of Excellence for cybercrime Education for Law Enforcement agencies (ECENTRE) 



Adrian Winckles MSc BEng CEng CITP MBCS
Course Leader in Information Security and Forensic Computing
(OWASP Cambridge Chapter Leader)
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road 

Tel No: 0845 196 2440

Email: Adrian.Winckles at Anglia.ac.uk

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On 1 May 2013, at 18:40, Seba <seba at owasp.org> wrote:

> Dear All,
> warning: big email - requests for you at the bottom :-)
> In the last weeks we (Samantha and myself) have researched to partner with LSEC (an independent not-for-profit network organisation uniting a variety of experts of IT security, details on www.lsec.be) in Belgium to respond to a call for projects from the European Commission (EC) within the ICT PSP Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) 2013, as part of the EC Europe 2020 Strategy (details on http://ec.europa.eu/cip/ with the call for projects on http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/call_CIP).
> The OWASP Europe legal entity will be used for this.
> This is a project under Call 4, Trusted eServices, for the protection of websites against attacks and stimulating the uptake of innovative ICT based services and products. Which falls right within the OWASP body of knowledge.
> The proposal should be submitted by mid-May, and upon positive evaluation in May and June, could be awarded in July – September after a negotiation process with the EC.
> The project is set to start not before December 2013, with preparations already starting Q4 2012.
> Besides LSEC and OWASP the consortium consists of partners from industry and government agencies including Atos (Spain),EII (Italy), ECO (Germany), CERT.RO (Romania), XLAB (Slovakia) and also involves Academic partners e.g. University of Leuven.
> The EC will be funding the project up to 2.5 mio €, the partners in the consortium should be funding the project for an amount equal to the requested contribution from the EC. (50% financed by the EC).
> This means we can:
> 1) cover already foreseen costs from OWASP staff and projects (e.g. time of Samantha and possibly a to be hired extra part time technical project support contractor in Europe)
> 2) double any projected investments/sponsoring in OWASP projects within the coming 2,5 years 
> when these can be aligned with the EC project scope and can be spend within Europe.
> Samantha and myself are currently working on outlining the OWASP involvement in a couple of work packages, covering topics as:
> 1) Analysis of vulnerabilities in web applications
> 2) Identification and classification of Vulnerabilities, risks and challenges in web applications
> 3) Development and improving tools and processes to protect web applications
> 4) Assistance in deploying web application security controls in development/acquisition processes of web applications
> 5) Verification of these controls
> 6) Dissemination and promotion of the above
> The main objective is to have better protection of business and website owners against cyber-attacks against their websites, affecting their business and reputation and reducing the risk of spreading malware.
> Increasing the security of users and consumers by reducing the security threats created by malicious websites.
> Requests to you as project/chapter leaders:
> 1) Will/can you participate in this series of projects as part of the EC funding?
> If YES let us know if you:
> a) spare a few cycles and provide immediate input into the work packages mentioned above?
> b) want to be listed as project / project leader that will participate later in the EC project? 
> 2) Request for ideas / projects that can be integrated in the EC project, examples are OWASP Top 10 for European SMEs, detailed taxonomy of SME web application risks, vulnerabilities and countermeasures, tool development/ready to install packaging of ESAPI, ModSecurity rulesets, AppSensor, specific acquisition guidelines, testing tools & methodologies, SAMM for SMEs, …. ?
> 3) Request for project leaders / volunteers to align (part of) your activities and project investments (time and funding) with the EC project and funding?
> We will need your input in the coming week for it to be integrated in the current proposal.
> Counting on your support.
> Kind regards,
> Seba / Samantha
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