[Owasp-leaders] RSA & OWASP Update

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Thu Jan 9 00:33:31 UTC 2014


I have no speaking at RSA this year.

I was invited by Jim and Eoin to assist in the training. I'm happy to help
if needed. Fine to not help if not needed.





--
Michael Coates
@_mwc



On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM, Dennis Groves <dennis.groves at owasp.org>wrote:

> 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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