[Owasp-leaders] Post Secondary Institute Study

Noreen Whysel noreen.whysel at owasp.org
Tue Oct 6 12:16:43 UTC 2015

Hi Tom,

We are in the process of redeveloping our contact list from the 100+
Academic Supporters as of 2013. Unfortunately, our membership database did
not preserve lead contacts for these institutions and in most cases we did
not have names attached to these accounts, which makes follow up difficult.

Since one of the benefits of Academic Supporter account is a vote in the
elections, it is helpful to have a name attached to the account. This
person can also serve as a faculty advisor for student chapters should the
institution want to set one up.

When we created a new, detailed Academic Supporter application we forwarded
it to contacts we have in our database who have university addresses.
Unfortunately, as you have noted, so far we have only had ten universities
join/renew as Academic Supporters. It would be great if the contacts that
do respond to your survey could be directed to the Academic Supporter
application so we can have a formal record and acknowledgement of their

If anyone has a contact at a university that should be in our Academic
Supporter program, please forward them this link:


Noreen Whysel
Community Manager
OWASP Foundation

On Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 7:59 PM, Tom Brennan <tomb at owasp.org> wrote:

> We produced
> https://www.owasp.org/images/6/6b/OWASP_Blue_Book-Educational_Institutions.pdf
> With only (10) listed at OWASP
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Academic_Supporter we have failed to
> raise awareness and enlist a advisory board of academia in any meaningful
> way globally based on the 2751 identified just in the USA
> The next revision of the blue book will seek to improve on the prior work
> we did and published back after summit.
> Have had a large number of interested parties across the world so far.
> Tom Brennan
> 973-506-9304
> On Oct 4, 2015, at 5:39 PM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> sounds interesting. And worth working on and also well aligned with our
> OWASP goals.
> Small question: Who is "we" in your email? Is this an OWASP project, or
> another organisation outside of OWASP?
> Best, Tobias
> On 29/09/15 15:07, Tom Brennan wrote:
> Software powers the world, but insecure software threatens safety, trust,
> and economic growth.  Purpose of this call for participation is to gather
> PHASE I information for a study of Post Secondary Institute educators and
> advancement of secure programing.
> The United States has 7600 Post Secondary Institutes that report Title IV
> programs (Stamford Loans, Pell Grants etc.) of these,  2751 Post Secondary
> Institutes offer computer programming (non vocational).
> A smaller number of these institutions offer courses dedicated to secure
> programming / software security and we want to simply help improve that.
> What is the motivation for the Professor's to adopt industry best practice
> from sources such as OWASP, Center for Internet Security, SafeCode, NIST,
> NSF, IEEE, PTES and others.
> In this research study we wish to determine opportunities for collective
> improvement with discussion of both Academia and Industry to move the ball
> forward.
> Are you a professor and would like to be part of the discussion?
> Get involved with a simple sign up form:  http://goo.gl/forms/N0jxLtXdY0
> Do you know an amazing professor who should be consulted as part of the
> project please forward as appropriate.
> Tom Brennan
> 973-202-0122
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