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

Kelly Santalucia kelly.santalucia at owasp.org
Wed Nov 9 19:25:10 UTC 2016

Thanks Tiffany!  Steve and I have already been in contact.

It looks like they copied over their 2016 supporter logos to their 2017
site.  We did have agreements with them for 2016, which is why our logo is
posted. At this time, we do not have any on file for thier 2017 events.

The speaker and keynote opportunities are included in their sponsorship
opportunities, they are not being sold separately. May events do this, even
some of our own local and regional events offer to some extent a speaking
opportunity in their sponsorships.

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 2:17 PM, Tiffany Long <tiffany.long at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hey Steven, this might be best directed to Kelly as she is the person who
> can give you the most up to date information about our contracts--including
> what our stipulations and common practices are and who is a partner at any
> give time.  She is pretty awesome about being on the ball about these
> things, so I cc'd her here.
> Best,
> Tiffany
> Tiffany Long
> Community Manager
> On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 11:03 AM, Bev Corwin <Bev.Corwin at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Yes, good to apply consistently. I have wondered for local chapters, what
>> the policy is, also for global. Haven't seen much, although have requested
>> a few times.
>> On Wed, Nov 9, 2016, 1:42 PM Steve Kosten <steve.kosten at owasp.org> wrote:
>>> 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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