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I am active within OWASP since 2005 and have contributed year on year to OWASP chapters, conferences, projects and the OWASP mission of fighting the causes of software insecurity.
I served on the OWASP Foundation board from 2007 to 2013.
I co-organized the European AppSec Conferences in OWASP AppSec Europe 2008 - Belgium and OWASP AppSec Europe 2009 - Poland.
I have started the successful Belgium Chapter in 2005 and have helped starting other chapters in Europe.
Together with the Netherlands and Luxembourg we organize the yearly OWASP BeNeLux Days.
Currently I am the OWASP OpenSAMM co-project leader (details on www.opensamm.org).
I am managing partner application security at [www.toreon.com Toreon] in Belgium.
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Besides my OWASP activitities I also co-organize the yearly BruCON conference in Brussels.
My program for 2012: Think global, act local
The software security challenge is a global problem.
OWASP does provide solutions that can be used everywhere to build secure software.
As the only non-US & non-native English speaking candidate I know how important it is to truly I18N our solutions and embed them in the local culture.
For each initiative and project within OWASP I will continue to emphasize the international facets.
3 key aspects I want to focus on during my next term are:
1) Developers are part of the solution
As an ex developer myself, I know that good developers are copying good code samples.
Rarely will developers develop their software based on guidelines and text books.
OWASP has to engage with developers and provide working and secure code examples.
We have to get more involved with the developer community and frameworks.
We cannot expect developers to come to OWASP, we have to reach out to them!
You come to OWASP for the tools, and you will stay for the people.
Since becoming involved in OWASP in 2005 I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet hundreds of enthusiastic people in the OWASP community.
Building networking opportunities and growing our memberships are important cornerstones of the success of OWASP in achieving its mission.
One major goal for me and the board is to further grow our OWASP community through-out the world.
3) Professionalize the OWASP organization
OWASP has known a tremendous growth in the past 10 years.
The supporting Foundation has grown together with the community in an organic way.
It is time we adjust our organization’s structure and make it ready for the next 10 years.
My objective for the coming years is to professionalize the OWASP Foundation, so it stays the ideal home for volunteers to start great projects.
A clear governance with well-defined roles, responsibilities and objectives for the OWASP Board, its employees and the committees is critically important to further sustain our growth.
Together we have to transform OWASP in the best 'platform' supporting our Projects, Chapters, Conferences and outreach programs.