Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Interested in Running for the @owasp Global BoD? Submit Your Candidacy Today!
For more information on this years election, please visit https://www.owasp.org/index.php/2015_Global_Board_of_Directors_Election
For more information on this years election, please visit https://www.owasp.org/index.php/2015_Global_Board_of_Directors_Election
Friday, May 1, 2015
Dear OWASP Community,
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Global BoD Call for Candidates is now OPEN! You may submit your candidacy here. There are 4 seats available for this election. For the complete election timeline, board responsibilities, eligibility requirements, and other election details please refer to our 2015 Election page.
Some Key Updates & Improvements for this years election process:
- Similar to last year, we will announce all verified candidates once the Call for Candidates closes. This process generates more candidates and minimizes any "popularity contests". More candidates = more choices for you. Candidates that wish to announce their candidacy themselves MAY DO SO at any time.
- An email will be sent to the entire community prior to the paid membership deadline (Sept 30) asking them to check the Membership Directory to be sure they are listed as a current individual member. If they believe they are a current paid individual member, but their name does not appear in the Membership Directory, they will be asked to contact us immediately. Please feel free to check the directory now and contact me if you believe you should be listed as an Individual Member and are not.
- Unsubscribed emails to voting list - without an @owasp.org email address the voting system is unable to identify who has chosen to unsubscribe from receiving these emails which contain a link to the ballot. To be sure all registered voters receive their ballots, they will be sent an email from OWASP letting them know they should have received a ballot. If they did not receive a ballot, they will be asked to contact us immediately. Every time the voting system sends an email with the link to the ballot and email from OWASP will follow.
- A "Special Edition" connector will be published August 7 that will include the candidates names, "why me", profile picture and bio.
Honorary Membership Update
- Honorary Membership will be open for a total of 30 days only, starting June 1 and closing June 30. Please refer to the Honorary Membership section on the election page for more information. If you miss the opportunity to submit your honorary membership form, you will still have time to purchase an individual membership.
- All individuals who have a current honorary membership will receive 3 targeted emails regarding this renewal period in addition to the system generated renewal reminders that will also be sent.
We are looking forward to a successful election process. If you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
OWASP Community Manager News Flash – April 2015
Greetings OWASP Community,
I have managed several chapter transitions since joining in November and am often impressed by the thoughtful, professional, and caring attitudes of our leaders. Change can be stressful, particularly where status as a leader is concerned. I commend those who have stepped forward to help when help is needed, and to those who have graciously passed on the reins to new leaders, I offer my most sincere gratitude for your service and mentorship to your chapter participants.
Read on for tips on Chapter donations, social media management and where to go for technical support. If you are a new leader and need guidance to resources on the wiki or any of our communications systems, please let me know.
Special Update on OWASP Nepal
I have reached out members of the OWASP Nepal Chapter to offer our support in the aftermath of the earthquake there. I have so far heard from Guarab Pant (Thanks also to Riotaro Okada from our Japan chapter). Guarab reports that many Nepalese remain unsheltered and in need of water, food and warm clothing. Over 5,000 are confirmed dead.
One way to help is to join the efforts of OpenStreetMap to map buildings, wells (very important) and open areas (potential helicopter landing sites for bringing in supplies) in Nepal. This platform allows even unexperienced mappers a way to contribute since all edits are reviewed by experts before they are made final. To learn how to participate, visit:
A Reminder: Many unsavory entities crop up at this time to take advantage of our charity and grief. One thing that we as a security community are aware of, but it bears repeating, is that we must be cautious about who we give funds to. You can help Nepal by engaging people in your personal and professional networks to give to known relief agencies, such as the Red Cross and UNICEF.
Hopefully, I will soon hear from other members of our OWASP community in Nepal and report other ways to help.
I just returned from a conference in Minneapolis where I led a workshop on Wikipedia editing and was struck by the similarity between the open, collaborative principles of Wikipedia and our own community. Like Wikipedia, our own wiki at owasp.org offers anyone in our community the ability to contribute and comment on content and policies.
Every page on the OWASP wiki also has a corresponding Discussion page. Even user pages have a User Talk page that you can use to address comments to specific users. I encourage anyone who has a comment about a wiki page, to add your thoughts to the Discussion tab on that page. You can also add your questions to the Discussion tab of my User page here:
Chapter Leader Handbook Update
We are continuing with the Chapter Leader Handbook update. I have made edits to outdated information and corrected links. We have received some comments and discussion on various guidelines but could use your further input. As a collaborative community, everyone’s insight matters. If you have a chance, won’t you please look at the handbook and comment on anything that you feel should be revised or reworded:
Look for comments on the Discussion tab of each page of the handbook.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
IT Support – New Process
Starting in May, Matt Tesauro will be handling all IT requests exclusively via the IT Request system. Anyone can submit an IT ticket at http://owasp.supportsystem.
com/ or by sending an email to IT-support@owasp. supportsystem.com.
Matt is also planning to migrate to a new host server in May or June and plans to work on upgrading to Mailman v3 following the server migration. You may notice temporary issues and disruptions as these migrations take place.
To learn more about what Matt does to support OWASP, visit User:Mtesauro on the Wiki.
Recent Chapter Activity
The LATAM 2015 Tour finished its run of 10 countries in 13 full days of events an activities. For a recap of events, visit the LATAM event site (https://www.owasp.org/index.
php/LatamTour2015) and the LATAM Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ owasp.latam).
Up next, AppSecEU is May 19-22, 2015 in Amsterdam, andAppSecUSA will be held in San Francisco from September 22-25th. Call for trainings has opened for AppSecUSA. Be sure to register!
New Chapters/New Leaders
This month was primarily a month of chapter relaunches and leadership changes. We rebooted chapters in Manaus, Brazil, led by Fabio Lapuinka and welcomed a new leader to Charlottesville, Jeffrey Collyer.
We also have a new student chapter at Leeds Beckett University, with Joseph Gwynne-Jones serving as President, Christopher Easton as Vice president, James Johnson as Treasurer and Connor Wilson as Secretary. Dr. Cliffe Schreuders will serve as advisor. Leeds Beckett is also signing on as an Academic Sponsor. We introduced new leadership at University of Washington Bothell with Tyler Laws and Brendan Sweeney taking on the leader roles.
For information or to join these communities, please visit their chapter wiki pages:
Leeds Beckett Student Chapter: https://www.owasp.
Tip: Managing Social Media
Many chapters use social media as an extension of their communications to reach the widest possible audience. OWASP has provided a set of guidelines for managing social media accounts. These guidelines are beneficial to our entire OWASP community and should be reviewed periodically to ensure that you are communicating effectively and appropriately.
OWASP Social Media Policy:
Posts to social media accounts are subject to the same code of ethics and principles as any of our volunteer activities. This means they must be open, polite and vendor neutral. Are you monitoring your social media activity? Are you aware that any OWASP branded account you create reflects the activity of everyone at the Foundation? Do you need assistance in addressing any improper activity by social media users in your chapter? Please let us know how we can help.
Bonus Tip: Donation Button
Every chapter and project is eligible for funding via donations from external sources. The Chapter page template has a PayPal button where people can make direct donations to benefit your efforts. The template is designed so that the Donate button appears near the top of the page, where it is visible to site visitors. Project pages may also include a Donate button.
If you do not see the Donate button on your chapter page, you may not be using the latest chapter template. If you need assistance, I can help you integrate your current page with the template content so you can begin collecting donations from your chapter page.
Chapter Leader Handbook:
OWASP Social Media Policy:
Feel free to contact me at any time if you have a question or suggestion. To create a trackable case, please use the contact us form at http://www.tfaforms.com/
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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|OWASP Projects and activities are often the subject of webcasts and podcasts. Sit back and relax as you watch and listen to these recent episodes. |
Simon Bennetts - FLOSS Weekly ZAP interview
North Sweden Chapter leaders, Markus Orebrand and Magnus Hultdin were featured in an Infotech Umea article
Fabio Cerullo - OWASP and 2015 LATAM Tour - Mundo Hacker TV
HP and OWASP Internet of Things Top Ten at RSA conference - A Good Housekeeping Seal for the Connected Home | Security Ledger
Mark Miller - OWASP 24/7 Podcast Series
|Be on the lookout for more information on the upcoming Elections and Annual Awards! The election process will begin May 1 with the Global Board call for candidates. |
More information will follow via email.
Thank you to the local teams for translating OWASP documentation into many different languages.CISO Guide in Spanish
|The Hacky Easter challenges have returned! |
Hacky Easter 2015 is a free, white-hat hacking competition for education and fun. The competition runs until May 31, 2015. CLICK HERE to access the challenges! Good luck to all.
|Did you know that when you access Amazon through the special OWASP Charity link OWASP received a percentage of the purchase? |
This is an easy way to help support OWASP. 100% of proceeds collected through Amazon Smile in 2015 will support the Women in AppSec initiative.
|OWASP KALP Mobile Project is for the users around the world who want to view the OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities, download the Top 10 list on their mobile device, and email it. This is a lightweight information of OWASP Top 10 list, Cheat Sheets as well as Prevention Cheat Sheets created from the OWASP site.|
Visit the project page for links to download the application for Android and iOS devices.
OpenSAMM Consortium Launches Industry's First Public Benchmarking Data for Improving Software SecurityOpenSAMM is an easy-to-use assessment which provides flexible datasets that can be customized by organization demographics, including sector, development and cultural profile, resulting in pragmatic milestones towards reducing overall security risk.
The expanded access to these datasets makes OpenSAMM available to a larger number of organizations, which previously weren't able to apply valuable benchmarking data to their particular case.
Each of the practical, constructive benchmarks within the framework was derived from best practices of leading application security firms.
Read the entire press release HERE
Open SAMM Project Page
Complete details of all the changes, visit the ZAP release Blog Post
Some of the highlights are:
Following the latest release of ZAP 2.4.0, Samuli Elomaa has written a brief introduction to using ZAP with Docker
What can you do with ZAP docker images? The main advantages are:
AppSensor is about detecting and responding to attacks within software applications.
In February the project team created a two-page flyer "AppSensor - Introduction for Developers"
And now in April, a new 12-page booklet "AppSensor - CISO Briefing" has also been finalised
The CISO Briefing is also available to buy at cost in hardcopy.
These materials are intended to complement the more extended information on the microsite http://www.appsensor.org/, project wiki and AppSensor - Guide. AppSensor is also participating in the project summit at AppSec EU in May.
WHID goal is to serve as a tool for raising awareness of the web application security problem and provide information for statistical analysis of web applications security incidents.
A useful way to use WHID is to help provide data for "Likelihood of Attack" RISK ratings. There is a lot of public "vulnerability" data publicly available, but which ones are actively being used by attackers?
Read more, find Top 10 mappings, and submit an incident by visiting WASC Web Hacking Incidents Database project page
There is significant knowledge about application vulnerability types, and some general consensus about identification and naming. Issues relating to the misuse of valid functionality, which may be related to design flaws rather than implementation bugs, are less well defined. Yet these problems are seen day-in day-out by web application owners. Excessive abuse of functionality is commonly mistakenly reported as application denial-of-service (DoS) such as HTTP-flooding or application resource exhaustion, when in fact the DoS is a side-effect. Some examples are blog & comment spam, fake account creation, password cracking, web scraping, etc.
These factors have contributed to inadequate visibility, and an inconsistency in naming such threats, with a consequent lack of clarity in attempts to address the issues.
The OWASP Automated Threats to Web Applications Project is in the process of reviewing reports, academic and other papers, news stories and vulnerability taxonomies/listings to identify and name classes of these - threat events to web applications that are undertaken using automated actions.
The aim is to produce an ontology providing a common language for devops, architects, business owners, security engineers, purchasers and suppliers/vendors, to facilitate clear communication and help tackling the issues. The project also intends to identify symptoms, mitigations and controls in this problem area. But for the moment the project would like to receive real-world experience on the prevalence and naming of such threats - especially from those responsible for the ongoing operation of web applications.
One way to help would be to complete the new survey which has been published this week. Help identify real-world automated threats using this Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/9zKz56aAp5
For more information, please visit the Project Wiki Page
|The Conference Program is Now Available! |
Limited Seats are available in the pre conference Trainings
Wednesday, May 20 - One day courses:
|AppSec USA 2015 (September 22 - 25, 2015, San Francisco, CA) |
|LASCON 2015 (October 19-22, 2015) Austin, TX |
AppSec Rio de la Plata 2015 (November 17-20, 2015) Montevideo, Uruguay
AppsWorld Germany 2015 (April 22-23, 2015) Berlin, Germany
NCCDC (April 24-26, 2015) San Antonio, TX
AppsWold North America 2015 (May 12-13, 2015) San Francisco, CA. OWASP members recieve 15% off delegate passes. Enter voucher code: I89GS/APPSP15
SANS CyberTalent Fair (May 14-15, 2015) Virtual, online
BSides Knoxville (May 15, 2015) Knoxville, TN
International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) (May 16-17, 2015) City of Redlands, CA. OWASP members receive 25% off the general event fee. Discount code ICCSOWASP
Cloud Security World 2015 (May 19-21, 2015) New Orleans, LA..OWASP members receive a 25% discount off standard event fee. Discount code CLD15-OWASP
Hack In the Box (May 26-29, 2015) OWASP members receive 20% off by using discount code OWASP-HITB2015AMS
SC Congress Toronto (June 10 - 12, 2015) Toronto, Canada. Register with your @owasp email address and receive a discount.
Hack in Paris (June 15-19, 2015) La Plaine Saint-Denis, Paris
EuroPython 2015 (July 20-26, 2015) Bilbao, Spain
(ISC)2 Security Congress APAC 2015 (July 28-29, 2015) Manila, Philippines
BlackHat USA (August 1-6, 2015) Las Vegas, NV
BSides Las Vegas (August 4-5, 2015) Las Vegas, NV
Info Security Malaysia Conference (August 6, 2015) Kuala, Lumpur
Security One2One Summit (October 4-6, 2015) Austin, TX
SecTor (October 19-21, 2015) Toronto, CN
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|Leeds Beckett University: New Student Chapter and Academic Supporter - Chapter Leaders - Joseph Gwynne-Jones - President, Christopher Easton - Vice President, James Johnson - Treasurer, Connor Wilson - Secretary, Cliffe Schreuders - Faculty Advisor |
Manaus, Brazin - New Chapter Leader - Fabio Lapuinka
Phoenix, AZ USA - New Chapter Leader - Joaquin Fuentes
Charlottesville, VA USA - New Chapter Leader - Jeff Collyer
UW Bothell Student Chapter - New Chapter Leaders - Tyler Laws, Brendan Sweeney
OWASP Noida, India hosted a tour beginning April 6 to promote Cyber Safety Campaign Across India. The tour began on 6th April 2015 at the Poddar International School in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Check out the event on Facebook!
Check out the Twitter Feed!
Share your chapter's successes! Submit your stories here
Noreen Whysel, OWASP Community Manager has begun processing your comments and suggested changes to the Chapter Leader Handbook
To add your comments, go to the Chapter Handbook page. On each chapter of the handbook, click the "Discussion" tab at the top left of the page to review the suggested changes. You will need to log in to add your own suggestions. At this time do not make any edits to the Chapter Leader Handbook pages. Only add suggestions to the Discussion page. Please contact Noreen if you need assistance.