[Owasp-leaders] WARNING: Good news!

Matt Tesauro matt.tesauro at owasp.org
Wed May 17 02:46:53 UTC 2017

I'm finally back home after back to back OWASP trips.  I'm been keeping up
with things as best I could and am just now getting to share some news

AppSec EU - what a great conference.  The Developer and Project Summits
held there were quite effective.  It's always great to hang out with our
community.  Based on face to face meetings with OWASP leaders there, I
picked up a couple of action items. The biggest one is to setup a temporary
Discourse install for leaders to use, experiment with and provide feedback
on. That's on this weeks ToDo list.

After Belfast, I went to Interop ITX and spoke at Dark Reading's Cyber
Security Crash Course - I had the AppSec bit and spread the word about
OWASP.  Interesting things that happened:

   1. Sitting in the track, I heard 5 different positive mentions of OWASP
   by other speakers
   2. At lunch, the table I sat at was stunned to hear that OWASP only has
   6 full-time staff + 2 part timers.  They thought we were MUCH bigger in
   terms of staff.
   3. I bumped into a project leader randomly in the hall and as we talked
   a bit, I asked how their interactions with the Foundation staff had been.
   They said they didn't really interact much with the Foundation but ever
   time they'd reached out to staff it was positive and they were thanked +
   encouraged to continue their OWASP work.
   4. At the Vegas airport going through security, one of the guards
   noticed the stickers on my laptop.  After telling him what I did, he
   thanked OWASP for the work we do mentioning how computers (and software)
   are everywhere now and really need help especially after the WannaCry
   ransomware attacks.

After all these interactions, I choose

   - to be positive about OWASP and the good work we do
   - to be constructive when things don't work like they should so we can
   make them better
   - to remember that there's a ton of vulnerable software out there and
   we're only going to make headway when we work together
   - to believe that for every negative comment, there's 100 positive
   interactions that go unspoken
   - to keep in mind that all staff only want the best for OWASP but we're
   human and we make mistakes from time to time.

I encourage all of you to choose to be positive and reflect on all the good
things OWASP has done and will continue to do.

What other positive news do  you want to share?

Cheers from Texas (finally)

-- Matt Tesauro
OWASP AppSec Pipeline Lead
OWASP WTE Project Lead
http://AppSecLive.org <http://appseclive.org/> - Community and Download site
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