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Meet OWASP Project Leaders virtually at Black Hat USA 2020

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Bjoern Kimminich

Saturday, August 1, 2020

OWASP is an Associate Partner of Black Hat USA 2020 and will be present with its own virtual booth on 5th/6th August. Meet & talk to OWASP staff and volunteers, and take the chance to meet some of our dedicated project leaders.

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Announcement of 2020 Board Elections

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Andrew van der Stock

Friday, July 31, 2020

The future of OWASP is driven by passionate individuals who sit on the Global Board of Directors. They represent you and are elected by you, our members. We have just published the Global Board of Directors elections timeline and procedures.

We ask all members to check that their membership is valid, and necessary communications settings are correct. I encourage anyone to stand for the Board if they are passionate about OWASP, and I encourage every single member to vote.

Lastly, I address the current eligibility issues, what’s changing, and how this year’s elections will not be affected by upcoming changes to our bylaws.

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Shaping the Future of OWASP

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Mike McCamon

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Unlike many other groups in the software and security sector, it is important to us that our organization is shaped by our community. This of course is evident in our volunteer led Chapters and Projects along with a member-elected Board of Directors and now down to our everyday business policies. In what is planned as an annual effort, the OWASP Foundation is looking for Members to help us update our Corporate Policies. We have identified and have developed 16 core policy domains for our operations.

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Andrew van der Stock named Executive Director

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Owen Pendlebury

Monday, June 29, 2020

It is with great pleasure that the OWASP Foundation announces that as per today, Monday 29th June 2020 we will have a new, full time, Executive Director (ED), selected from within our own ranks. As per this date Andrew van der Stock will officially take on the role of the ED for the Foundation on a permanent basis.

Andrew is well known to many in the OWASP Community for both his hard work on a number of key OWASP Projects (including the OWASP Top Ten and the OWASP ASVS) as well as for his time on the Global Board of Directors, representing the OWASP Community from 2015 to 2018. He brings years of AppSec experience to the role as well as his breadth of experience managing organisational units. We are sure he will bring this to his new role in the Foundation and will be a great ED.

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Virtual Summer of Security 2020

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Emily Berman

Monday, June 8, 2020

Virtual AppSec Days April 2020 was a hit! Over 1,800 participated in the week-long event. Highlights included a free lightning conference, 11 training courses, and a 48 hour Capture the Flag competition.

The OWASP Foundation set out to bring the community together and provide alternative education in these uncertain times. We were able to do this economically for participants thanks to our generous sponsors, without whom, this event would not have been possible.

Thank you to Acunetix, DevSecOps Academy, Netsparker, and ZeroNorth! These sponsors not only helped keep the conference affordable but also gave away over $800 in prizes to participants.

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OWASP Chapters All Day

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Grant Ongers

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Join 24 chapters around the globe for a 24 hour long back-to-back virtual chapter meetup. The entire event will be livestreamed on YouTube from 16 countries. The schedule of those talks is available here.

The OWASP Leaders List is a mailing list populated by either Chapter or Project Leaders or folks who previously held those positions. The mailing list is a busy place and ideas flow there regularly - because the folks on that list are good folks with great ideas.

Sometimes an idea hits the list that requires real work to happen and this initiative was one of those fortunately there were plenty of volunteers to step up and make it happen.

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Virtual AppSec Days April 2020

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Emily Berman

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The OWASP Foundation is excited to announce the launch of Virtual AppSec Days. Taking place later this month, we have an entire week of virtual activities planned, to engage, educate, and entertain our community.

The event will begin on April 27 with a virtual mini-conference; a free 90-minute session consisting of three 20-minute lightning talks by AppSec industry leaders.

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OWASP Juice Shop v10.0.0 released

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Bjoern Kimminich

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Releasing Juice Shop v10.0.0 live from the beach of Cancun at the OWASP Projects Summit was a really unique event. The summit allowed us to really concentrate on some larger long-term ideas we had.

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Global AppSec Dublin postponed to 2021

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Emily Berman

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Following recent developments within Ireland, throughout Europe, and worldwide relating to COVID-19, the OWASP Foundation has made the difficult, but considered decision, to postpone the Global AppSec Dublin set to take place June 15-19.

We take pride in offering a premier experience for our attendees and sponsors and we can no longer guarantee that event quality. Nor can we ethically put our community’s health and safety at risk. Therefore we have secured dates at the Convention Center Dublin to hold the Global AppSec Dublin on February 15-19, 2021.

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Dublin Call for Papers and Trainers

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Emily Berman

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Are you a thought leader in AppSec with a unique idea to share with the greater OWASP community? We are looking for new, innovative, compelling content for our Global AppSec in Dublin this June. Application Security leaders, software engineers, and researchers from all over the world gather at Global AppSec conferences to drive visibility and evolution in the safety and security of the world’s software, as well as to network, collaborate, and share the newest innovations in the field.

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OWASP SAMM v2.0 Released

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Sebastien Deleersnyder

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The OWASP SAMM™ (Software Assurance Maturity Model) is a community-led open-sourced framework that allows teams and developers to assess, formulate, and implement strategies for better security which can be easily integrated into an existing organizational Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

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Our Website Migration Journey

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Mike McCamon

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

For the better part of the last nine months, a small dedicated team has been working to complete a project that has been started, restarted, abandoned, restarted, and then again abandoned: migrating our 7,000 or so page website curated by over 3,000 content editors from MediaWiki to GitHub Pages. As I like to now say, “when you spend 15 years digging a deep hole, don’t expect to dig your way out in a week.” And in all honesty this is not the finish line, but the starting line for the OWASP Foundation in this new decade.

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Global AppSec Program Teams

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Emily Berman

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Want to help plan our next Global AppSec event? OWASP is excited to announce the launch the Global AppSec Program Team. These teams will be responsible for selecting the program and training offerings for the Global AppSecs and will be comprised of volunteers from all around either Europe or North America. Be sure to apply to volunteer before the end of the year!

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Website Migration Update

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Harold Blankenship

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

As the foundation moves toward the migration of the OWASP web presence from the old wiki site to our new GitHub-hosted home, some of you may still have questions regarding what to move and how to move it. Essentially, if you have a chapter page or project page and you have not migrated it to the new website, that would be first. Steps on what to do and what is needed can be found at https://owasp.org/migration There are also some minor instructions on the

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ZAP Releases v2.8 with HUD

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Mike McCamon

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

OWASP ZAP Releases V2.8.0 With the Heads Up Display

Heads Up Display simplifies and improves vulnerability testing for developers

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OWASP™ ZAP (Open Web Application Security Project™ Zed Attack Proxy) has released a new version of its leading ZAP Project which now includes an innovative Heads Up Display (HUD) bringing security information and functionality right into the browser. Now software developers can interactively test the reliability and security of their applications in real time while controlling a wide variety of features designed to test the quality of their software.

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New Website Uses GitHub

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Harold Blankenship

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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