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Understanding the Membership Model

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Current Membership Model Here

Possible New Model - Still Updating with Changes & Ideas

The below model was voted upon and finalized at the Global Membershp Committee on December 21, 2010. This model will be officially presented at the OWASP 2011 World Summit.

Support Method
Voting Rights? **

Individual Members
$50 /USD 12 month

- Discounted attendance at OWASP Conferences

- Professional Association

- Membership Card / Certificate

- $25 OWASP Store Gift Certificate

OWASP Honorary Member
No Charge - Self Nominated Approved Yearly on a rolling basis

- Free attendance at OWASP Conferences

- Professional Association

- Membership Card / Certificate
- Free training as space permits at Conference training events
- Use of discretionary funds for OWASP related items (500 USD - no pre-approval needed and 2500 USD - one-week warning)



Organization Supporters
$5000/USD 12 month
- Rotating banner ad on the front page for 30 days at no cost.
- Company logo on the OWASP website
- Listed as a sponsor in the newsletter that goes to over 10,000 individuals around the world on OWASP mailing lists.
- Have a collective voice via the Global Industry Committee
- Annual local sponsorship of a local chapter
- Optional - Host a local OWASP meeting to raise security awareness at your offices
1 Vote for Organization
Single Meeting Supporter
Variable - Contact Local Chapter
* Be recognized as a local supporter by posting your company logo on the OWASP website (Image size for logos: gif, jpg or png with a size of 150px X 45px at 72dpi or 55px X 80px at 72dpi)
* Have a table at local chapter meeting to promote application security products/services etc.
Bundle Package
Discounted bundle price of any of above items and/or conference support.
Discounts provided for bundle and available in annual or quarterly payments.
1 Vote for Organization


Accredited University Supporters
No Charge - Provide Meeting Space & Encourage Student Involvement With OWASP
- Raise awareness of the University worldwide
- Be recognized as a supporter by posting your university logo on the OWASP website
- OWASP and the University can jointly publicize season of code events which provide funding for students or faculty to perform security based research
- OWASP and the University can work together to host security seminars or provide introductory training sessions for students on OWASP tools, documentation and security skills.
1 Vote for Organization

OWASP Honorary Member/Leader Process


  • Annual Self Nomination Process- rolling basis per individuals expiration
  • State work contributed to OWASP as justification for honorary status
  • Submissions evaluated and decided by Global Membership Committee - intent is to liberally award those that are actively contributing to OWASP

Why This Approach

  • Decentralized - This requires the individual to self evaluate and present their justification. This is much more scalable than a central group trying to identify all leaders. A group can then manage the number of submitted justifications.
  • Individually Driven - No worry of forgetting someone since people nominate themselves. If they aren't aware of the new process, then they probably aren't that active in the organization (provided we appropriately advertise / discuss)
  • Keeps People Accountable - Can't just grab a chapter lead/ committee / board spot and sit on it. We'll reward those that are contributing.

Example Justification Questions

Chapter Leaders

  • How many chapter meetings have you organized in the past year?
  • What has been the total turn out at these meetings?

Project Leaders

  • What significant contributions have you made to your project in the last year?
  • Has the project reached a major milestone?
  • Has the project been featured in any blogposts, conferences, magazines, etc?

Global Committee Members

  • What percentage of the meetings have you attended for your committee?
  • What contributions have you made to the committee?

Board Members

  • What percentage of the board meetings have you attended?
  • What initiatives have you led for OWASP in the past year?

For All

  • Are there any other ways you have been helping advance OWASP?
  • Anything else we missed?

Voting Rights

  • This concept needs to be clearly defined, documented on the website, and linked to from the Membership page.
    • Does it simply mean voting on Board members?
      • This means voting on all official ballots OWASP votes. To date this has just included the board vote. There is another board vote in 2011 and may be other OWASP votes on other topics in the future.
    • Why isn't this "right" explained or even mentioned at all on the Membership page?
      • This is in progress and will be added on the Membeship page once we formally roll this new initiative out.
    • Do "Honorary" Members get to vote?
      • Yes, see above. It says "yes" in the vote column for Honorary Members.
    • When and how does voting take place?
      • We should create a wiki page with more info on voting. TBD