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

Steve Kosten steve.kosten at owasp.org
Wed Nov 9 18:42:09 UTC 2016

Hi Bev,

Based upon the sponsorship package, they were making the keynote (see page
7 of the sponsorship package) in addition to panelist slots.  Can't say if
they are all panelist slots, but I've been to one pay-to-play conference in
my past and walked out after the 2nd presentation started and realized it
was like the first sales pitch.

That being said, I agree with you, we should apply policy consistently.  If
would propose OWASP not associate w/ such pay-to-play conferences.

Steve Kosten
OWASP Denver Chapter Leader

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 11:10 AM, Bev Corwin <bev.corwin at owasp.org> wrote:

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