OWASP Project Manager Activity Reports/February 18 2013

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DATE August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 (thus far)
TOTAL 168 Active Projects 134 Active Projects 142 Active Projects 144 Active Projects 149 Active Projects 160 Active Projects 169 Active Projects

  • Project Numbers
  • Active Projects: 169
  • Inactive Projects: 101
  • Incubator Projects: 136
  • Lab Projects: 18
  • Flagship Projects: 15

New OWASP Projects

Adopted OWASP Projects

Projects Under Review

Project Manager: 2014 Objectives


Primary Goal: Continue to evolve the OWASP Projects Infrastructure by developing operational systems that facilitate Leader participation and innovation.

Subgoal 1: Continue to work on the operational projects platform with the aim of developing it to be more self sufficient for Leaders.

  • Recruit a Projects Support Intern.
  • Bring all of the project repositories into Ohloh.
  • Continue to develop the Project Portal for Leaders.
  • Monitor and update the Project Page with relevant information on a weekly basis.
  • Continue to produce weekly and quarterly information reports.
  • Organize a monthly webinar about an OWASP Project.
  • Produce more substantial software security/projects articles for our quarterly Connector.
  • Migrate all of the Project wiki pages to the new template
  • Facilitate project page compliance with new Sponsorship Guidelines.
  • Facilitate project product compliance with new Sponsorship Guidelines
  • Develop marketing and communications pieces that promote: Benefits of Having an OWASP Project; How to start a project; Project Lifecycle; and Review Process.
  • Have one Project Leader meeting a month.
  • Facilitate OWASP contributions to the Apple Developer Program.
  • Identify & promote cross-project collaboration to move clusters of projects forward, with e.g. work groups that work on a certain domain.
  • Start a task force of people with spare cycles that can help projects that need extra man-power of are falling behind in delivery of new releases (especially the flag ship projects)
  • Ask project leaders to create & give project related training or contribute to the OWASP trainings.
  • Push for establishment of completion dates for key tasks for select projects.

Subgoal 2: Bring more Project Leaders together in 2014.

  • Work towards getting at least 2 projects represented at every Global AppSec Conference in 2014.
  • Plan a Project Summit Event in 2014
  • Work on developing Project Leader Workshop module that can be given when I am not present.

Subgoal 3: Solidify the Projects Review Process.

  • Develop a pragmatic method of doing project reviews.
  • Test the review process developed at the 2013 Summit
  • Finish reviewing the projects that have specifically asked for review.
  • Review the Flagship Projects.
  • Review the Lab Projects.
  • Review the Incubator Projects.
  • Report on the findings and outcomes.
  • Document the system so it can be reproduced. (This will probably be a long document/set of instructions and lessons learned).

Subgoal 4: Design a more sustainable revenue stream using the Project’s IP.

  • In depth market research to determine niche opportunities.
  • Come up with at least 4 different potential opportunities based on research.
  • Develop an implementation plan.

OWASP Project Manager Weekly Reports

  • Project Handbook and Summit Report
    • I have finished writing and putting together the OWASP Project Handbook and Summit Report.
    • Completion took quite a bit of time as both documents are quite lengthy, and full of content that had to be collected over time.
    • Below you can download each document.
    • 2014 OWASP Project Handbook
    • 2013 OWASP Project Summit Report
  • 2014 Goals for OWASP Projects
    • The 2014 Goals and Milestones are what I feel is important for us to accomplish for OWASP Projects in 2014.
    • I have finalized the goals thanks to the feedback I received from our OWASP Project Leaders.
    • The blog post can be found here: OWASP Projects 2014 Goals
    • The aim was to share these goals with our OWASP community members and Leaders and gather feedback.
  • Apple Developer Program
    • I have enrolled OWASP into the Apple iOS Developer Program.
    • I applied for our D-U-N-S number, and I received all of the information necessary to use it.
    • There was a 14 day waiting period before the number would be processed.
    • After those 14 days passed, I was able to enroll OWASP into the program.
  • Ohloh Repository Additions
    • Kait has done an excellent job of reaching out to our project leaders, asking them to add their project repositories to Ohloh.
    • Ohloh is a free, public directory of free and open source software projects and contributors.
    • The aim is to have a single consolidated location where our OWASP Project repositories can be found.
    • Some of the benefits include: Leaders can track their project activity and progress with other projects; leaders can track other project's progress in one location; projects can be rated by users.
    • The Ohloh Repo Additions will, more than likely, take the full year to complete as we need to reach out to leaders one-by-one, and help those that need assistance with Ohloh.
  • OWASP Project Template Migration
    • The template migration is still in progress.
    • The aim is to switch over every project's wiki content to the new design.
    • The new template design lets project leaders organize their project information in a more organized way.
    • The new design also allows project leaders to more easily label their project stage, project type, and current status.
    • I suspect this migration will last the full year as there is quite a bit of work involved in setting them up, and trouble shooting any template bugs that may occur.
    • Nevertheless, I am happy with the current progress, and I am equally thrilled that so many leaders are happy with the design.
  • Blackstone Grant Proposal
    • The Blackstone proposal has now been completed and submitted to the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.
    • Kait put together the initial proposal, and Kate and I worked on refining the final draft.
    • We hope to hear back from the foundation by March.
    • Here is the final version of the Blackstone grant proposal
  • Project Tool Summit 2014
    • I am still working on organizing logistics and proposals for the tool based Summit for 2014.
    • The majority of the proposals have been submitted now.
    • There is only one more left to submit, which I will do as soon as I receive it from the project leaders.
  • ESAPI Hackathon
    • The ESAPI Hackathon is now over, but we still have quite a bit to coordinate.
    • We have announced the winners, informed them of their prizes, and we are in the process of coordinating the prize allocation.
    • We have now decided on what design to use on the ESAPI T-shirts, and they are in the process of being created.
    • Once they are done, we can begin to award the prizes.
  • Daily Project based queries and requests
    • This has not changed much since I began the post: questions are very similar in nature.
    • Global AppSec questions.
    • Funding queries.
    • Travel availability.
    • Project based administrative help.
    • Project status information.
    • Several project donation questions.
    • Marketing questions.
    • Grant funding questions.
    • OWASP social media updates.
    • What's happening with projects, questions.
    • Managing Salesforce cases.

General Awards

  • OWASP OWTF Project: Brucon 5x5 Award
  1. Amount: €5,000.00 (Approx. $6,670.00)
  2. Status: Awarded. Congratulations, Abraham Aranguren and all involved in the project, for your award.

Proposals Awarded

  1. Amount: $25,000 USD
  2. Status: Awarded. The first payment has been allocated to our project budgets. The second invoice has now been sent to Georgia Tech and payment has been received.
  3. OWASP Development Guide Plan
  4. OWASP Testing Guide Plan
  5. OWASP Code Review Guide Plan
  • Google Grants Proposal
  1. Amount: $120,000 USD in Adwords Funds
  2. Status: Awarded.
  3. Note: There is no link to show the proposal for this grant. There was a form that was submitted to Google, and we did not receive a record of this form.
  4. Google Grants Usage Report
  • Google Summer of Code
  1. Amount: $5,500
  2. Status: Awarded
  • Projects breakdown:
    • 4 ZAP Projects: $2,000
    • 4 OWTF Projects: $2,000
    • 1 PHP Security Project: $500
    • 1 Hackademics Project: $500
    • 1 Modsecurity Project: $500
    • Travel Expenses: $1,896.38 (Reimbursement)
    • Note: Big thank you to Fabio Cerullo for coordinating and managing this award.
  1. Amount: $15,000 USD
  2. Status: Awarded.
  • Total Funds Awarded: $172,170 USD for 2013.

Proposals Denied

  • European Commission Grant Proposal
  1. Amount: €250,000
  2. Status: Denied.
  1. Amount: $112,000 USD
  2. Status: Denied
  1. Amount: $25,000 USD
  2. Status: Denied
  1. Amount: $30,000 USD
  2. Status: Denied
  1. Amount: $55,800 USD
  2. Status: Denied

Current Project Funds

CISO Guide Survey Report 2013 V1.0 Released

OWASP CISO Survey Report 2013 Version 1.0

Among application security stakeholders, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), are responsible for application security from governance, compliance and risk perspectives. The OWASP CISO Survey provides tactical intelligence about security risks and best practices to help CISOs manage application security programs according to their own roles, responsibilities, perspectives and needs. It also complements nicely with its sister project, the Application Security Guide For CISOs.

Please share and spread the word!

OWASP Research Book Project

The OWASP Research Book Project is a new Incubator project that aims to collect and consolidate a collection of research papers that have been donated to OWASP. Ahmed Neil is currently looking for contributors and authors to help him work on his idea. He hopes to be able to move this project forward as soon as he is able to gather some interest in the project. If you are interested, please contact Ahmed Neil (Ahmed.Neil@owasp.org).

Webinar Opportunity for OWASP Project Leaders

We are still in need for Project Leaders to showcase their projects via our Webinar series. The webinars will be held every third (3) Wednesday of every month at 10am EST. Below are the dates when each webinar will be held, and you can indicate the month if you are interested:

  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16: Cam Morris
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17

Please reach out to Samantha Groves (Samantha.Groves@owasp.org) if you are interested in giving a 45 minute webinar on your OWASP Project.

Project Review Assistance Required

Hello Leaders,

We are still in need of more survey results. We would like to ask that you take a bit of time to fill in a short survey that we will use to assess the Usability and Value of each project to its users and the community.

You can find the assessment survey here: Project Usability and Value Assessment

Below are the projects we are currently focusing on assessing:

Please note that this is only one part of the full assessment for each project. The more responses we can get for each project, the better. Please only complete the assessment if you are familiar with the project, or if you have time to familiarize yourself with the project. Thank you to those of you who have submitted your responses. Your assistance is very much appreciated.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your assistance, Leaders.

Samantha Groves, OWASP Projects Manager