[Owasp-leaders] Idea we added to our meetings

Richard Greenberg richard.greenberg at owasp.org
Tue Oct 6 01:31:34 UTC 2015


Good work! We always ask members at every meeting to hone their speaking
skills in a friendly supportive environment with a 10 minute opening talk
prior to the main speaker. We have had some very good and some ok talks.
But, we feel it is important to present a nurturing environment. We also
have given some short OWASP talks, but have never combined the two ideas. I
think I will try that at the next meeting.

Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Richard Greenberg, CISSP
President, OWASP Los Angeles, www.owaspla.org <http://www.appsecusa.org/>
ISSA Fellow
President, ISSA Los Angeles, www.issa-la.org <http://www.appsecusa.org/>
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardagreenberg
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On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 7:20 AM, Patrick Laverty <patrick.laverty at owasp.org>

> Normally at my OWASP Rhode Island (US) meetings, I would have one speaker
> who presents for 45 minutes to an hour and that would be all. I wanted to
> ensure that there was something related specifically to OWASP during the
> meeting, so I would often pick a project or tool or something similar from
> OWASP and present it. However, this got a little more difficult to do every
> month for me, with everything else happening. So I changed it up a little.
> I also noticed that there was not a great deal of involvement from the
> attendees. Recently, I put this back on them to do the OWASP talks. I ask
> for volunteers and request that they do a 10-15 minute presentation on
> something related to OWASP. We usually schedule them 2 months out, so they
> have plenty of time to prepare. These are also super simple and really are
> intended to keep the focus on OWASP the organization and to get more people
> involved. I started by having one attendee who is looking to get into the
> app security field do 10 minutes on the OWASP top 10. Yes, I know that's
> something that you could talk about for hours, but I thought it's an easy
> start for someone with little experience in security and no experience
> talking in front of people. Another person who is also new to the field
> will spend 10 minutes talking about XSS in another upcoming meeting.
> In the past, I have demonstrated things like ZAP, NOWASP, CSRF, Dirbuster,
> and other similar things. So I'm hoping that this will help to get the
> attendees more involved and get people looking at the projects and tools
> available to them more.
> This is all in addition to the monthly guest speaker that we also have in
> attendance, still doing a 45 to 60 minute talk.
> I just wanted to share that with the group.
> Thanks!
> Patrick Laverty
> OWASP Rhode Island
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