<div dir="ltr"><span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif">Hello Leaders,</span><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><br></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><br></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif">
This is a follow up e-mail with detailed information on the topics discussed on yesterday's call. Here you can find the background to the project, OWASP's potential involvement, and where we currently are in our planning and logistics. See below for more details.</div>
<div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><br></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><u><b>Background</b></u></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><u><b><br></b></u></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif">
<b style="font-weight:normal"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial">The European Commission (EC) has many grant opporutnities available for organisations willing to take part in research work that is inline with the Commissions strategic objectives for the region. This particular grant opportunity will focus on Trusted E- Services Research, and we will be focusing on objective 4.1: Protection of Websites Against Attacks. </span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold"></span></p>
<br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"></span><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial">This grant opportunity was presented to Seba and I via Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO of LSEC (Leaders in Security) based in Belgium. He asked us if we would like to partner with him along with a handfull of other European organisations. Seba and I have since been working towards planning the logistics of our participation in this initiative. </span></b><u><b><br>
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<b><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"><u><br></u></span></b></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><b><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"><u>Focus and Outcome of Grant</u></span></b></div>
<div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><br></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><b><p dir="ltr" style="font-weight:normal;line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial">This Pilot will build on exisitng research and support efforts in Europe in order to support and provide assistance for website administrators and business owners as well as for their CERTs to protect their websites and to prevent and mitigate attacks. It will test and validate the use of innovative detection and mitigation approaches for infected websites and sustainable defence mechanisms for website users. </span></p>
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</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="font-weight:normal;line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"><b style="font-weight:normal"></b></span></p>
<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><b style="font-weight:normal"><span style="background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline">Expected Impact</span></b></p>
<b style="font-weight:normal"><br><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline"></span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline">Better protection of business and website owners against cyber-attacks against their websites, affecting their business and reputation and reducing the risk of spreading malware.</span></p>
<br><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline"></span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline">Increasing the security of users and consumers by reducing the security threats created by malicious websites.</span></p>
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<span style="background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline">OWASP Involvement in the Project</span></p><br><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline"></span><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline">The entire project will be managed by one of our grant partners, and OWASP will manage the work/tasks related to Work Package 2. The current project plan outlines 8 Work Packages, and OWASP is scheduled to be a part of Work Packages 1-3 with different levels of involvement. Our OWASP Projects will begin their work during Work Package 2. We will be involved in discussions during Work Packages 1 and 3. </span></b></b></div>
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</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;text-decoration:underline;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Potential Grant Award</span></p>
<br><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"></span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial">The grant award is intended to support a pilot for up to </span><b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"></b></p>
<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;display:inline!important"><b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"><b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"><span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;line-height:16px">€</span></b></b></p>
<b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;display:inline!important"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial">2.5 Million Euros to be split among the partners depending on their level of involvement and expense. OWASP has currently been allocated </span><b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"><span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;line-height:16px">€</span></b></p>
</b><b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;display:inline!important"><b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial">250,000. The only catch is that any funds given to us via this grant, must be matched by the awarded organisation. For example, if OWASP spends $4,000 on design services for the month of April, the grant will pay $2,000 and OWASP must pay the remaining $2,000. </span></b></p>
</b><b style="line-height:normal;font-weight:normal"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial">In essence, if we win this grant with the help of our partners, we stand to double any monetary contributions we put into this initiative for our projects.</span></b><p>
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</u></span></b></span></p><p style="font-weight:bold;line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"><b><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline"><u>What we need from Leaders by Thursday</u></span></b></span></p>
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</span></b></span></p><p style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"><b style="font-weight:normal"><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline">We need our project leaders and contributors to let us know if they are interested in participating in this initiative. We also need to know what they would like to use these funds for. What do you want to accomplish with your project? If we are awarded these funds, what would you do with it to help your OWASP Project? </span></b></span></p>
<p style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"><b style="font-weight:normal"><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline"><br>
</span></b></span></p><p style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;font-family:Arial"><b style="font-weight:normal"><span style="background-color:transparent;vertical-align:baseline">We, of course, have to stay within the focus area of the grant topic. Nevertheless, we require a starting point from our Leaders so we can then modify the deliverables to fit the focus of the grant topic, if needed. Please have your decision and thoughts to us by Thursday at the latest as our proposal will be delivered by Friday. </span></b></span></p>
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I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions or concerns.</div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif"><br></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif">Cheers now, All.</div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif">
<br></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif">Sam G. </div><div><br></div>-- <br><div dir="ltr"><p style="margin:0px;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)"><font color="#ff6600"><b>Samantha Groves, MBA</b><u></u><u></u></font></p>
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