[Owasp-leaders] RSA & OWASP Update

Dennis Groves dennis.groves at owasp.org
Thu Jan 9 00:27:33 UTC 2014


Michael,

I understand that you are also speaking at RSA, this makes your vote a
conflict of interest as well does it not?

Dennis

Sent from my mobile device, apologies for the brevity and spelling errors.
On Jan 8, 2014 12:21 PM, "Michael Coates" <michael.coates at owasp.org> wrote:

> Leaders,
>
> Here is an update on the RSA issue.
>
>
> Thanks to the community
>
> I saw many great discussions on this topic. I'm excited to see us tackle
> tough issues and work to raise the different points of consideration. I
> also really liked the creation of the community poll to capture the "pulse"
> of the community. Please continue to innovate and tackle tough issues.
>
>
>
>
> Original agreement
>
> The OWASP foundation entered a contractual co-marketing agreement with RSA
> in mid December. Each group would promote each other and this would provide
> mutual benefits. The details of the agreement are here:
> http://lists.owasp.org/pipermail/owasp-leaders/2014-January/010673.html
>
> Timing
>
> The terms of the agreement went into effect on Monday, January 6. In other
> words, for OWASP to hold up our end of the agreement we were supposed to
> begin promotion as agreed on Monday, Jan 6.
>
> Co-Marketing at OWASP
>
> This is something we've done many times in the past and it has provide
> benefits for OWASP and raised awareness for our cause.
>
> RSA Concerns
>
> Concerns and questions were presented as to whether OWASP should be
> participating with RSA given the concerning allegations around influencing
> crypto. This issue was discussed on the leaders list (
> http://lists.owasp.org/pipermail/owasp-leaders/2014-January/thread.html)
> and also led to our first community poll created by Simon Bennetts (
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Polls)
>
> Elements of the Issue
>
> Should OWASP participate at all?
>
> Should OWASP cancel the co-marketing agreement?
>
> Should OWASP attempt to offer the training and cancel the rest of the
> co-marketing agreement?
>
> Should OWASP issue any sort of public statement?
>
> Board Vote
>
> The board voted on the following:
>
> *OWASP will terminate the co-marketing agreement with RSA for RSA 2014.*
>
> *This may place our training at risk, but if permitted we will still
> provide the free training at RSA and the OWASP speaking slot.*
>
> Result: Vote Pass - 3 / 5 votes in favor
>
> Vote Results:
>
> Michael - Yes
>
> Tom - No
>
> Tobias - Yes
>
> Fabio - No
>
> Josh - Yes
>
> Jim - abstain - Stated Conflict of Interest
>
> Eoin - abstain - Stated Conflict of Interest
>
> Next Steps
>
> Sarah Baso is working with RSA to rely our cancellation of the
> co-marketing agreement. She is also working to determine if it is still
> possible for us to offer the training at the event. We’ll update everyone
> when we know more.
>
>
>
>  --
>
> Michael Coates
> Chairman of OWASP Board
>
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