OWASP Autumn of Code 2006 - Projects: Website and Branding

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AoC Candidate: Aaron M. Holmes

Project Progress: xx% Complete - Progress Page

Background and Motivation

History Behind Project

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to develop, purchase, and maintain applications that can be trusted. Our website provides information, tools and valuable resources to the community and is a cost effective medium for distributing up to date material worldwide. Given this potential it is important that we focus on providing the best possible experience for our users so that they may take advantage of all OWASP resources.

Additionally, it is important for OWASP to identify itself as a trusted and authoritative source. Our goal is to create a standard which all OWASP projects and resources must uphold, as well as to create a brand to aid in distinguishing OWASP resources from those that are available elsewhere. Our intent is to provide an identity that is immediately recognizable within the security community which also carries with it a feeling of assurance.

Problem to be Addressed

The current OWASP.org website takes advantage of the community collaboration and ease of editing features of Wiki-based websites. However, the OWASP project is successfully growing in size and quickly outgrowing its original home. There is a great opportunity here to extend the existing site to provide a greater depth of functionality for community members, better organization, and a more robust 'user experience'. During this time it will also be beneficial to decide on a new look and feel to the website which will align with the OWASP branding and identity.

Benefit to OWASP Members and Community

OWASP members will benefit by:

  • Having content that is easier to navigate and locate
  • Taking advantage of the OWASP brand to gain trust within their work
  • Increased site functionality (to be identified)
  • Increased outreach and marketing of the OWASP resources, thus attracting more eyes and recognition

Goals and Deliverables

Plan of Approach

Deliverables

Risks and Rewards

Main Risks

Rewards of Successful Project