[Owasp-leaders] Statement about the AppSec-EU 2018 and related events

Patrick Laverty patrick.laverty at owasp.org
Wed Jan 24 00:16:23 UTC 2018

Thank you Martin.

On Jan 23, 2018 6:33 PM, "Martin Knobloch" <martin.knobloch at owasp.org>

> Dear OWASP community,
> As there have been quite a number of changes over the last number of
> months, the Global OWASP Foundation has faced a number of challenges. As
> you may be aware, three of our staff members have left the foundation,
> leaving a big gap in our day to day operations. This is not an excuse, but
> a reason why some processes both slowing down or even came to a complete
> halt. We are very happy to have found an Executive Director (ED) in Karen
> Staley. Since joining, Karen has been working hard to turn these challenges
> into opportunities and to allow OWASP to increase our organizational
> maturity and professionalism. I think it’s safe to say that the four newly
> elected board members and new ED, have had the most memorable start in
> their new position.
> We are all extremely passionate about OWASP and with this passion comes
> frustrations. Your frustration in relation to the lack of information/
> communication is understandable. As most of you were celebrating the
> Christmas and New Year holidays, the board were blindsided by these events.
> To this end the newly elected and sitting board members, together with our
> ED, were busy with the matters at hand. Given the time of year and the
> nature of the matter at hand, it’s easy to forget to communicate. We
> understand that the lack of communication on our part can make you assume
> nothing is happening.
> Even though there was no communication with the OWASP community at large,
> we want to ensure you that we were in constant communications with those
> involved and are working towards an acceptable path forward.
> As per previous mailing list communications, the AppSec-EU 2018 conference
> will take place in the UK. Operational challenges are currently being
> resolved and information about the conference venue, location will be
> available as soon possible.
> Volunteers who have been working hard on organizing the AppSec-EU 2018
> conference in Tel Aviv and the OWASP Israel chapter especially, felt
> frustrated with the decision to move the conference and way it had been
> communicated. Those that have previously organized a global OWASP AppSec
> conference in the past know how much more complex it is to organize
> compared to a local event, even if the numbers of attendees are more of
> less the same. The decision to move the AppSec-EU 2018 conference to the UK
> has been made. We would like to acknowledge the effort of the organizing
> team, while realizing the required level of support from the foundation was
> not achieved.
> As OWASP board and staff, we see the huge burden it puts on the local
> chapter and leading volunteers. The OWASP board and staff recognizes the
> necessity of providing more professional support to the local chapter and
> volunteers to justify the expectations of our community and sponsors. With
> her extensive experience in organizing international conferences, our ED is
> working hard to do so.
> As you are aware, the board members are volunteers too and we do our best
> to act in the best interest of the OWASP community. OWASP is bigger than
> individuals or the board, OWASP is a community which is driven by it
> volunteers and we welcome your input in how we can improve OWASP to further
> our mission. Please be invited to the OWASP Board meetings
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Board>, the first meeting of the current
> board is January 24th <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/January_24,_2018>.
> Many times, those who shout the loudest are perceived in representing the
> community’s opinion. In the succession of the announcement the AppSec-EU to
> be moved from Tel Aviv to the UK, and the public statement that has been
> made articulating the frustrations about this decision, people from inside
> and outside the OWASP community felt the need to vent their opinions. As we
> are an open organization, I appreciate how forthcoming our community was.
> Nevertheless, in OWASP we have a clear policy of ethics, stating the
> expected professionalism in communication and respect towards each other.
> We as a community of professionals are required to set an example to the
> next generation and should therefore lead by example in respecting these
> ethics when communicating both privately and in the public domain.
> We will endeavor to improve our communications going forward and hope that
> this has not deterred any of the great OWASP community that have spent a
> countless number of hours volunteering to improve software security as a
> whole.
> Kind regards,
> Martin Knobloch
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