[Owasp-leaders] Conference Promoting itself as associated with OWASP / use of logo

Bev Corwin bev.corwin at owasp.org
Wed Nov 9 18:10:16 UTC 2016

Hi Steve,

Was that for a sponsorship speaker spot on the program? Does OWASP define
"pay to play" exclusions in their policies. I agree that "pay to play" is a
problem, but has anyone put existing co-marketing partners through similar
due diligence? My only concern is singling out one group, and not applying
consistency in policies of this nature. Our policies should be consistently
applied, IMHO, to avoid any conflicts of interests or other such
discrimination practices.

Best wishes,

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM, Steve Kosten <steve.kosten at owasp.org>

> Leaders,
> I was approached by a conference (Cyber Security Summit) that will be run
> in Denver in 2017 for cross-promotional purposes.  They currently list
> OWASP as a partner and use our logo (http://cybersummitusa.com/partners/).
> In doing some research on this conference before agreeing to any
> cross-promotion, I found that they are selling panel slots and even selling
> the keynote speaker slot (see attached sponsorship package).  I found this
> appalling and complete counter to the OWASP way.  OWASP Denver will not be
> associated with this conference and I know other local security
> organizations who refuse to be associated with this conference.
> That being said, they are using our logo and claiming OWASP is a partner?
> Can anyone from the board chime in and let us know if this is approved?  If
> so, I think we need to revisit who we associate ourselves with.  If not,
> can we approach them and have them remove our logo?
> Steve Kosten
> OWASP Denver Chapter Leader
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