WASPY Awards 2016
June 7, 2016 - Call for Nominees Opens! Submit HERE
June 20, 2016 - Paid Membership Deadline. Not sure if you are a member? Check Here
July 28, 2016 - Call for Nominees Closes
July 29, 2016 - Announcement of Nominees per Category to the Community
August 5, 2016 - Deadline for Nominee Profile Picture and Bio to be Submitted
August 8, 2016 - Voting Opens
August 24, 2016 - Voting Closes
August 25, 2016 - Winners are Notified
August 25, 2016 - Announcement of Winners to the Community
October 13/14, 2016 - Award Ceremony at AppSecUSA 2016 in Washington, DC
Purpose of the Awards and the Nominees
Each year there are many individuals who do amazing work, dedicating countless hours to share, improve, and strengthen the OWASP mission. Some of these individuals are well known to the community while others are not.
The purpose of these awards is to bring recognition to those who "FLY UNDER THE RADAR". These are the individuals who are passionate about OWASP, who contribute hours of their own free time to the organization to help improve the cyber-security world, yet seem to go unrecognized.
Community members are able to nominate 1 individual per category (see Categories below) who they feel best fits these descriptions so that, as a community, we can recognize these people for their contributions. We are tying in the WASPY Awards to help identify and recognize individuals who demonstrate our core values and annual report theme of Leading - Learning - Sharing - Growing. We value your input and consideration for nominations in the categories below.
Categories & Nominees
1. Open/Leading - Everything at OWASP is radically transparent – from our finances to our code. This award goes to a member of the OWASP community who has supported the OWASP mission of transparency through their influence, management, and leadership in the community. This might be a chapter or project leader or may be someone who has worked within the community.
|Tony Clarke||Tony has been nominated 2 times for this category.|
First Citation: Tony has recently volunteered in the Dublin (Ireland) chapter and more recently been voted in as chapter leader. From his initial efforts, Tony has completely transformed this stagnant chapter and has already in just a few months re-organised the chapter and opened it up to the many volunteers who want to be involved. Running initiatives such as 'Women in Appsec', Tony has helped increase meeting attendances and the Dublin board now consists of nearly 20 individuals. Tony has embraced the open, transparency and inclusiveness side of owasp and is an inspiration to many.
|Jeremy Long||Jeremy wrote a tool, donated it to OWASP and in 2016 it because on of the OWASP Flagship projects. He is not noisy or gets a lot of attention, but every morning before work - Jeremy works on the OWASP Dependency Check. Dependency-Check is a utility that identifies project dependencies and checks if there are any known, publicly disclosed, vulnerabilities. Currently Java and .NET are supported; additional experimental support has been added for Ruby, Node.js, Python, and limited support for C/C++ build systems (autoconf and cmake). The tool can be part of a solution to the OWASP Top 10 2013 A9 - Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities.|
|John Patrick Lita||An outstanding volunteer doing an amazing job in the Asia region to promote OWASP projects and materials, reaching a big audience through his outreach program on universities, government institutions and schools on the Philippines. OWASP is not very well know in this part of the Globe and by promoting it, he is creating awareness about application security|
|Dhiraj Mishra||Handling the OWASP Student Chapter Mumbai, https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Mumbai_Student_Chapter. Being a chapter leader, we have endorse the student towards the security ethics.|
|Kathy Thaxton||Kathy Thaxton has been THE key leader for SnowFROC for many years. As with most regional conferences, everyone involved has a day job and nobody's got a lot of spare time to do what must be done. Kathy has somehow found time whenever she's been asked, and has done the lion's share of the work required to organize SnowFROC. For SnowFROC 2016 we had the usual chaotic first planning meeting where several of us gathered at a pub to see which of us would be able to commit time & to identify potential roles. Everybody left that meeting with action-items. Shortly thereafter, Kathy emailed the rest of us to inform us that she had: - drafted a budget, - drafted a planning schedule, - identified primary & alternate venues, - identified primary & competing caterers, - reached out to some legendary speakers & gotten tentative commitments, - reached out to several vendors & gotten tentative sponsorship commitments, and, - identified a good source of volunteers for setup, event day, and tear-down. In other words, Kathy Thaxton had done most of the "heavy lifting" within days of the initial planning meeting! Like previous SnowFROC's, SnowFROC 2016 was attended by Coloradans for the most part, but as with most years we had attendees from Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and New York. SnowFROC had about 200 attendees, with a mix of ITSec operators, QA/testers, Developers, Auditors, & Managers for all of the above. None of this would have happened without Kathy Thaxton's involvement. Her tact, initiative, cheerfulness, and exceptional organizational skills allowed the rest of the planning committee to focus on things like establishing the curriculum, including a day-long hands-on workshop. Kathy's contribution was so profound and her reputation for organizing a FUN, well-planned, LEARNING event is so great that the local Cloud Security Alliance went out of their way to request her participation on their planning committee for a regional event they're hosting later this year. I attended yesterday's Cloud Security Alliance meeting, and whereas AppSec in the Cloud has been an afterthought at most CSA meetings, it was front-and-center yesterday as the Chapter Leaders asked their members what tracks/topics they'd be most interested in for their upcoming event. That is DEFINITELY reach OUTSIDE of the OWASP community, and again would not have happened without Kathy's stellar achievements at SnowFROCs.|
|Owen Pendlebury||Owen has been involved in the OWASP Foundation since 2009. He started out attending OWASP Dublin meetings and helping to facilitate chapter meetings and security workshops. Eventually, he took on the role of Dublin board member and then chapter lead a couple of years later. He has been an extremely active member of the security community and has strived to help drive and improve security best practice at a Global level through his commitment to the OWASP foundation. Owen has been an active and dedicated chapter leader, who has organised regular activities for the OWASP Dublin chapter that benefit the local information security community greatly over the past 6.5 years. Some of the projects that Owen has been involved in include, AppSec EU 2016 Committee/ Training Committee, AppSec EU 2017 successful bid, DaggerCon, Cyber Startup Summit, Source Dublin, Advanced Threat Intelligence Seminars and numerous security workshops.Owen has over 6.5 years’ penetration testing, working as part of a global attack & penetration team for a number organisations including a “Big 4” professional services company. With in-depth experience of application and network penetration testing Owen has worked with many local and global institutions to improve their security posture. Owen is currently a manager in Deloitte Ireland.Owen has also been involved in local education bodies, architecting a masters in cyber security and helping a number of students and experienced individuals find their way in to the security community by making himself available to through all media.|