August Connector

  August 2019


Letter from the Vice-Chairman:

Dear OWASP Community,  

I hope you are enjoying your summer, mines been pretty busy, getting married, traveling to Vegas and the board elections. August has been quite a busy month for the foundation. Attending BlackHat and DefCon as part of our outreach program, the upcoming elections ( I have to add, there were some really good questions from the community) and planning for the next two Global AppSec Conferences in September, it's been crazy. We the board would like to thank the staff and without naming any names (Jon McCoy) for their efforts during BlackHat and DefCon. I was there, on the stand, he did a good job of representing our community.

Two days prior to BlackHat and Defcon the board met as part of our second face to face meeting of the year. This was two days well spent, collaborating on some of the burning topics, but also how to move forward. At the beginning of the year, we set out our strategic goals. Even though these goals are part of our everyday OWASP life we decided to put a name against them to champion them, below are our goals and who will be championing them going forward:

Marketing - Chenxi
Membership - Ofer
Developer Outreach - Martin
Project Focus - Sherif
Improve Finances - Gary
Perception - Martin 
Process Improvement - Owen
Consistent ED - Done! 
Community Empowerment - Richard

If you are interested in getting involved in or would like to hear more about any of these strategic goals, please reach out to the relevant name above. 

Some of the Global board members will be attending both our Global AppSec Conference in Amsterdam but also in DC. We will hold our next public board meeting during the Global AppSec Conference in Amsterdam if you haven't already done so I would encourage you to both attend and spread the word of the conference. There are some great keynotes/ speakers and trainers lined up. 

Owen Pendlebury 
Vice-Chairman of the OWASP Global Board of Directors
DC Registration Now Open                                   Amsterdam Registration Now Open
Congratulations to the Global AppSec Tel Aviv 2019
Capture the Flag Winners

For two full days, 24 competitors from around the world attacked various challenges that were present within the CTF activity held at Global AppSec Tel Aviv 2019. The competition began with a handful of competitors running neck and neck with two competitors, 4lemon and vasya, at the top, slowly gathering more points in their race hoping to win it all. At the last moment, they were overtaken by Aleph who swooped in and took away the victory for himself with a total score of 29 points! 

We would like to thank all of the individuals who participated and once again, congratulations to the top 3.
1st Place Winner: Aleph (29 points)
2nd Place: 4lemon (24 points)
3rd Place: vasya (24 points)


You may also be interested in one of our other affiliated events:

Event DateLocation
OWASP Portland Training Day September 25, 2019 Portland, OR
OWASP Italy Day Udine 2019 September 27, 2019 Udine, Italy
OWASP Poland Day October 16,2019 Wroclaw, Poland
BASC 2019 (Boston Application Security Conference) October 19,2019 Burlington, MA
LASCON X October 24 - 25,2019 Austin, TX
OWASP AppSec Day 2019 Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2019 Melbourne, Australia
German OWASP Day 2019 December 9 - 10, 2019 Karlsruhe, Germany
AppSec California 2020 January 21 - 24. 2020 Santa Monica, CA
OWASP New Zealand Day 2020 February 20 - 21, 2020 Auckland, New Zealand

Event Date Location
it-sa-IT Security Expo and Congress October 8 - 10, 2019 Germany


Project Review Results from Global AppSec - Tel Aviv 2019
The results of the project reviews from Global AppSec Tel Aviv 2019 are in!  The following projects have graduated to the indicated status:

Project Leaders Level
Mobile Security Testing Guide Jeroen Willemsen, Sven Schleier Flagship
Cheat Sheet Series Jim Manico, Dominique Righetto Flagship
Amass Jeff Foley Lab

Please congratulate the leaders and their teams for their achievements!
If your project was up for review at Global AppSec Tel Aviv 2019 and it is not on this list, it just means that the project did not yet receive enough reviews.  And, if you are interested in helping review projects, send me an email (

Project Showcases at the Upcoming Global AppSecs
The Project Showcases for Global Appsec DC 2019 and Global AppSec Amsterdam 2019 are finalized.  For a complete schedule, see the following links:

Global AppSec - DC 2019 Project Showcase
Global AppSec - Amsterdam 2019 Project Showcase

Google Summer of Code Update
Google Summer of Code is now in the final stages.  Final Evaluations are due by September 2nd.  

The Mentor Summit will be in Munich this year; congratulate the OWASP mentors who were picked by raffle to attend and represent OWASP: Azzeddine Ramrami & Ali Razmjoo.

Google Summer of Code Update


The OWASP Foundation has been accepted as the organization for the Google Seasons of Docs, a project whose goals are to give technical writers an opportunity to gain experience in contributing to open source projects and to give open-source projects an opportunity to engage the technical writing community.

During the program, technical writers spend a few months working closely with an open-source community. They bring their technical writing expertise to the project's documentation, and at the same time learn about open source and new technologies.

The open-source projects work with the technical writers to improve the project's documentation and processes. Together they may choose to build a new documentation set, or redesign the existing docs, or improve and document the open-source community's contribution procedures and onboarding experience. Together, we raise public awareness of open source docs, of technical writing, and of how we can work together to the benefit of the global open source community.

After a careful review and selection process, the OWASP Foundation has picked the primary technical writer who will work along the OWASP ZAP Team for the next 3 months to create the API documentation of this flagship project.

Congratulations to Nirojan Selvanathan!

Please refer to the linked document where you could look at the deliverables and work execution plan.


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