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The OWASP Foundation

The OWASP Foundation came online on December 1st, 2001 it was established as a not-for-profit charitable organization in the United States on April 21, 2004, to ensure the ongoing availability and support for our work at OWASP. OWASP is an international organization and the OWASP Foundation supports OWASP efforts around the world. OWASP is an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to conceive, develop, acquire, operate, and maintain applications that can be trusted. All of the OWASP tools, documents, forums, and chapters are free and open to anyone interested in improving application security. We advocate approaching application security as a people, process, and technology problem because the most effective approaches to application security include improvements in all of these areas. We can be found at www.owasp.org.

OWASP is a new kind of organization. Our freedom from commercial pressures allows us to provide unbiased, practical, cost-effective information about application security. OWASP is not affiliated with any technology company, although we support the informed use of commercial security technology. Similar to many open-source software projects, OWASP produces many types of materials in a collaborative and open way. The OWASP Foundation is a not-for-profit entity that ensures the project's long-term success.


OWASP Foundation Bylaws

The business of the OWASP Foundation Inc. is outlined in the organizational by-laws. These by-laws govern the organization worldwide and allow the participants to understand the established process for doing so.

OWASP Foundation ByLaws

OWASP EU Foundation ByLaws (English Translation)

Local Chapter ByLaws

Core Values

OPEN Everything at OWASP is radically transparent from our finances to our code.

INNOVATION OWASP encourages and supports innovation and experiments for solutions to software security challenges.

GLOBAL Anyone around the world is encouraged to participate in the OWASP community.

INTEGRITY OWASP is an honest and truthful, vendor neutral, global community.

Core Purpose

Be the thriving global community that drives visibility and evolution in the safety and security of the world’s software.

Code of Ethics

Each of us is expected to behave according to the principles contained in the following Code of Ethics. Breaches of the Code of Ethics may result in the foundation taking disciplinary action. Membership Revocation

  • Perform all professional activities and duties in accordance with all applicable laws and the highest ethical principles;
  • Promote the implementation of and promote compliance with standards, procedures, controls for application security;
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of proprietary or otherwise sensitive information encountered in the course of professional activities;
  • Discharge professional responsibilities with diligence and honesty;
  • To communicate openly and honestly;
  • Refrain from any activities which might constitute a conflict of interest or otherwise damage the reputation of employers, the information security profession, or the Association;
  • To maintain and affirm our objectivity and independence;
  • To reject inappropriate pressure from industry or others;
  • Not intentionally injure or impugn the professional reputation of practice of colleagues, clients, or employers;
  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity; and
  • To avoid relationships that impair — or may appear to impair — OWASP's objectivity and independence.


  • Free & Open
  • Governed by rough consensus & running code
  • Abide by a code of ethics (see ethics)
  • Not-for-profit
  • Not driven by commercial interests
  • Risk-based approach

2018 Elected by Membership, Global Board Members

OWASP Board History

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Martin Knobloch: Chairman

The Chairman of the Board shall serve as the principal executive officer of the Foundation.

Fiduciary responsibilities: He/She shall, in general, supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Foundation. He/She will monitor financial planning and financial reports He/She or he may sign, with the Secretary or any other proper officer of the Foundation thereunto authorized by the Board of Directors, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws to some other officer or agent of the Foundation or shall be required by law to be otherwise signed or executed;

Leadership and Direction: provides leadership to the Board of Directors with regards to policy setting and strategic planning. He/She helps guide and mediate board actions with respect to organizational priorities and governance concerns, and in general, shall perform all duties incident to the office of Chairman of the Board subject to the control of the Board of Directors.

Organizational Responsibilities: He/She plays a leading role in fundraising activities, formally evaluate the performance of the Foundation Director and informally evaluate the effectiveness of the board members. An annual, overall evaluation of the performance of the organization in achieving its mission will be accomplished. He or she shall, when present, preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors unless otherwise delegated, and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

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Chenxi Wang, Ph.D.: Vice Chairman

Performs Chair responsibilities when the Chair cannot be available, works closely with Chair and other Board Members, participates closely with Chair to develop and implement officer transition plans, performs other responsibilities as assigned by the Board. ­

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Sherif Mansour: Treasurer

Treasurer ­manages finances of the organization, administers fiscal matters of the organization, provides annual budget to the board for member’s approval, ensures development and board review of financial policies and procedures.

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Owen Pendlebury: Secretary

Maintains records of the board and ensures effective management of organization’s records, manages minutes of board meetings, ensures minutes are distributed shortly after each meeting, is sufficiently familiar with legal documents (articles, by­laws, IRS letters, etc.) to note applicability during meetings; is the custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the Foundation and see that the seal of the Foundation is affixed to all documents, the execution of which on behalf of the Foundation under its seal is duly authorized; keeps a register of the post office address of each Director which shall be furnished to the Secretary by such Director; and, in general perform all duties incident to the office of the Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the Chairman of the Board or by the Board.

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Richard Greenberg: Member at Large

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Gary Robinson: Member at Large

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Ofer Maor: Member at Large

Employees and Contractors

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Interim Executive Director - Mike McCamon

The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization.

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Director, Projects and Technology: Harold Blankenship

  • Based in Texas - USA
  • Key areas of responsibility: Assists the Executive Director as needed to direct, plan, and manage the organization’s information systems, infrastructure, and IT policies to ensure the operation and availability of IT resources within the organization. Also responsible for the oversight of the OWASP Projects operational infrastructure that provides support to the project leaders within the organization, including oversight of processes, policies, and procedures that enable OWASP’s Project Leaders and contributors to successfully run their projects.

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Sr. Manager of Sponsorship & Membership: Kelly Santalucia

  • Based in New Jersey - USA
  • Key areas of responsibility: Individual and Corporate Memberships, Sponsorships & Advertising.
  • Job Description: To Be Posted

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Community Manager: Dawn Aitken

  • Based in New Jersey - USA
  • Key areas of responsibility: Attracting, motivating and retaining volunteers and security professionals to contribute to the OWASP Chapter community; Customer service and data management.
  • Job Description: OWASP Community Manager

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Manager of Projects and Sponsorship: Lisa Jones

  • Based in New Jersey - USA
  • Key areas of responsibility: Sponsorship fulfillment, logistics, collections and other duties. Project administrative duties assisting Harold Blankenship with OWASP Projects.
  • Job Description: To Be Posted

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Finance and Administration - Services Provided by: Virtual Management Inc. (Contractor)


Graphic Design: Hugo Costa (Contractor)

OWASP HR Resources


Meeting Minutes

The OWASP Foundation Board meets monthly.

Board meeting minutes for the record.

Global Initiatives Meetings

Operational Procedures

Standard Operations Procedures (SOP)


All OWASP materials are available under an approved FLOSS license. For more information, please see the OWASP Licenses page.

Participation and Membership

Everyone is welcome to participate in our forums, projects, chapters, and conferences. OWASP is a fantastic place to learn about application security, to network, and even to build your reputation as an expert.

If you find the OWASP materials valuable, please consider supporting our cause by becoming an OWASP member. All monies received by the OWASP Foundation go directly into supporting OWASP projects.

For more information, please see the Membership page.


OWASP's projects cover many aspects of application security. We build documents, tools, teaching environments, guidelines, checklists, and other materials to help organizations improve their capability to produce secure code.

For details on all the OWASP projects, please see the OWASP Project page.

Privacy Policy

Given OWASP’s mission to help organizations with application security, you have the right to expect protection of any personal information that we might collect about our members.

In general, we do not require authentication or ask visitors to reveal personal information when visiting our website. We collect Internet addresses, not the e-mail addresses, of visitors solely for use in calculating various website statistics.

We may ask for certain personal information, including name and email address from persons downloading OWASP products. This information is not divulged to any third party and is used only for the purposes of:

  • Communicating urgent fixes in the OWASP Materials
  • Seeking advice and feedback about OWASP Materials
  • Inviting participation in OWASP’s consensus process and AppSec conferences

OWASP publishes a list of member organizations and individual members. Listing is purely voluntary and "opt-in." Listed members can request not to be listed at any time.

All information about you or your organization that you send us by fax or mail is physically protected. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please contact us at Submit a Inquiry

Membership or Donations

If you are interested in joining OWASP as a member, or donating funds for OWASP's efforts, please check out the OWASP Membership Page.

The OWASP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Bel Air, MD. Our federal ID number for donations is: #20-0963503. We also have a European Entity - OWASP Europe VZW, based in Belgium.

Tax Deductability of Payments to OWASP

OWASP membership fees, OWASP conferences fees, OWASP conference sponsorships, and advertising opportunities are not considered tax-deductible donations due to the benefits the paying organization/individual receives. Direct donations to OWASP are fully tax-deductible given OWASP's recognized U.S. not-for-profit status. OWASP's U.S. Employer Identification Number (EIN) is: 20-0963503.

Audited Financial Statements

OWASP Foundation Audited Financial Statement - 2013

OWASP Foundation Audited Financial Statement - 2010.

OWASP Foundation Audited Financial Statement - 2007.

Form 990 Documents

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation - 2017

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation - 2016

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2015

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2014

Form 990-OWASP Foundation-2013 and Form 990T-OWASP Foundation-2013

Form 990 OWASP Foundation – 2012 and Form 990T OWASP Foundation – 2012

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2011

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2010

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2009

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2008

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2007

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2006

Form 990 & 990T OWASP Foundation – 2005

Annual Reports

Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report

Note: 2015 was the last year that the OWASP Foundation created and published an annual report.

Annual Budgets

OWASP Foundation Budget - 2018

OWASP Foundation Budget - 2015

OWASP Foundation Budget - 2014

OWASP Foundation Budget - 2013

OWASP Foundation Budget - 2012

OWASP Foundation - Global Committee Budgets - 2011

Other Financial Documents

OWASP Foundation 2019 W9

OWASP Foundation Proof of Tax Exempt Status

NY State Tax Exemption Certificate

OWASP Foundation - Monthly P & L Reports

2015 Annual Report

Contacting OWASP

The easiest way to contact the OWASP Foundation is via e-mail. If you have a question concerning a particular project, we strongly recommend using the mailing list for that project. Many questions can also be answered by searching the OWASP web site, so please check there first.

Our global address for general correspondence and faxes can be sent to our physical office address, at:

 OWASP Foundation
 1200-C Agora Drive, #232
 Bel Air, MD 21014
+1 951-692-7703 (phone)
+1 443-283-4021 (fax)
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The European correspondence address is below. More information is available on the OWASP Europe page.

 Leinstraat 104A
 B-9660 Opbrakel
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For more information, please see the pages listed below: