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The OWASP Northern VA Local Chapter meetings are FREE and OPEN to anyone interested in learning more about application security. We encourage individuals to provide knowledge transfer via hands-on training and presentations of specific OWASP projects and research topics and sharing SDLC knowledge. OWASP Northern Virginia has almost 1000 members with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. We are also one of the two hosts with OWASP DC, hosting the 2016 OWASP AppSec USA Conference in Washington, DC. We'll be looking for members to help volunteer during the next few months.

We the encourage vendor-agnostic presentations to utilize the OWASP Powerpoint template when applicable and individual volunteerism to enable perpetual growth. As a 501(3)c non-profit association donations of meeting space or refreshments sponsorship is encouraged, simply contact the local chapter leaders listed on this page to discuss. Prior to participating with OWASP please review the Chapter Rules.

The chapter is committed to providing an engaging experience for a variety of audience types ranging from local students and those beginning in app-sec, to those experienced and accomplished professionals who are looking for competent collaborators for OWASP-related projects. To this end, we will continue to conduct both monthly chapter meetings as well as out-of-band curricula, on application security topics.

OWASP Northern Virginia

Welcome to the Northern Virginia chapter homepage. Come see us at a chapter meeting, jump on our Google Group, or email any of us directly.

Chapter Board

Previously having had a Chapter Leader, then a Chapter "Program Committee", the chapter is now run by a full board:

  • Abdullah Munawar - Board Chair
  • Ben Pick

Board member responsibilities include:

   * Providing governance for chapter and member activities in terms chapter mission and OWASP code of ethics
   * Recruiting OWASP membership
   * Driving OWASP NoVA Chapter attendance and involvement
   * Deferring to, facilitating, and supporting the activities and projects of chapter membership
   * Eliciting, scheduling, and coordinating chapter panels, speakers, and other sessions
   * Scouting, clearing, and scheduling chapter meeting venues and catering
   * Identifying opportunities for collaboration between chapter membership, OWASP global committees, and other organizations
   * Collecting and auditing use of chapter funds
   * Voting on chapter matters

For more information on how the board was elected and what it's responsibilities are, please see: Chapter Board Election


OWASP Foundation (Overview Slides) is a professional association of global members and is open to anyone interested in learning more about software security. Local chapters are run independently and guided by the Chapter_Leader_Handbook. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional association your support and sponsorship of any meeting venue and/or refreshments is tax-deductible. Financial contributions should only be made online using the authorized online chapter donation button. To be a SPEAKER at ANY OWASP Chapter in the world simply review the speaker agreement and then contact the local chapter leader with details of what OWASP PROJECT, independent research or related software security topic you would like to present on.


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Meetings are (generally) held the first Thursday of the month.

Note: We need speakers and topics! If you want to present, please contact Mike or Abdullah. We're very open to hearing from all our members.

Next Meeting

We'll post all meetings on the Meetup page below.

We can also be contacted through the comment or messages systems on Meetup.

For latest news check the meetup page here: Meetup.


The original DC Chapter was founded in June 2004 by Jeff Williams and has had members from Virginia to Delaware. In April 2005 a new chapter, OWASP Washington VA Local Chapter, was formed and the DC Chapter was renamed to DC-Maryland. The two are sister chapters and include common members and shared discourse. The chapters meet in opposite halves of the month to facilitate this relationship.