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OWASP is completely vendor neutral and does not endorse or certify any company, service, or product. All presentations, training, and talks performed for OWASP are required to meet this standard.


INTRODUCTION

Application Security leaders, software engineers, and researchers from all over the world gather at Global AppSec conferences to drive visibility and evolution in the safety and security of the world’s software, as well as to network, collaborate, and share the newest innovations in the field. 

The conference will take place October 22 - 23, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California. The conference will also offer hands on training with vetted and leading trainers from October 19 - 21.

Considering the ongoing international emergency regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are aware that an in-person conference may not be feasible. While we are moving forward with the planning of an in-person conference, there is a possibility we may need to make the conference virtual. We ask that you design content that could be effectively presented in either format. We will provide technical guidelines and assistance to speakers who may not be familiar with delivering virtual content should the decision be made to hold the conference virtually.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS (CFP) & SUBMISSION
The Global AppSec Program Team is formally issuing a call for presentations, opening March 23, 2020 and closing April 19, 11:59 PDT

This year’s tracks follow the traditional OWASP Builder, Breaker, & Defender principles - with additional categories in  Security Governance and Security Essentials.

Speakers should focus on the following guidance for each of the tracks:
BUILDER - show us how to build more secure apps
BREAKER - show us how to break secure apps
DEFENDER - show us world-class application defense, including the tools and techniques enabling detection and response to attacks
SECURITY GOVERNANCE - show us how to manage a security program, including policies, procedures and their implementation to build more secure apps, metrics to measure success, and communication to demonstrate value of the program
SECURITY ESSENTIALS - show us the fundamentals, the basic building blocks, the common core needed for any application security program

We’ve provided a few suggested topics below, but feel free to innovate!

  • Web application security
  • Mobile, Cloud and Serverless security
  • Blockchain & Internet of Things for security use
  • Penetration testing & Application level attacks
  • Threat modeling, Application and solution architecture
  • Security for DevOps engineers
  • Privacy controls
  • Planning and implementing an application security program
  • Creating an AppSec team & culture
  • Techniques to communicate risk and appsec value to management - sharing what works, and what doesn’t! 

REVIEW PROCESS 

CfP IMPORTANT DATES:
CfP Opens March 23, 2020
CfP Closes April 19, 2020
Notification to submitters May 22, 2020
Program announced  June 1, 2020

Keep in mind: the better your description is, the better our review will be.  Please review your proposal thoroughly, as your accepted abstract and bio will be published publicly as submitted on our site.

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS
The Program Team will review your submission based on a descriptive abstract of your intended presentation.

Your presentation should:
Be Aimed at a Specific Audience - OWASP has a diverse audience that consists of novice to advanced level practitioners. Your content should be developed to clearly connect with a specific audience.
Have a Clearly Written Abstract - Your Abstract is the only long-form marketing for your specific talk to our audience. It should be written so that attendees can clearly understand what you will be discussing and what they will get out of your talk.
Have a Detailed Outline - Your detailed outline is your chance to frame your talk. Write this as thoroughly as possible so that the committee understands what you bring to the table.
Be Applicable - Talks which prioritize content that attendees will be able to immediately implement are preferred.
Not be a Marketing Pitch - Submissions which double as marketing talks or including sales pitches within the training will not be successful, or accepted.  All talks are vendor agnostic, we do not approve of product demos.

This is a blind submission.  It does not matter where you come from, what your gender is, or what formal education you have.  We care about bringing the most professional, interesting and innovative content to our audience.  The Review Committee is a diverse group.  We will review the submissions and choose the talks based on their content only.

We are looking for new talks, not ones you’ve given in previous conferences.  If you wish to present a topic you’ve talked about in the past, please share with us what you have changed.

TRAVEL ASSISTANCE
Global AppSec is a community event designated to support the Foundation, we have a limited budget.  If travel costs are a challenge, we will try to help cover part of your costs of travel and accommodation so that you do not incur large expenses to come speak at our conference. This will not affect your acceptance at all. We will not expect you to confirm attendance before we confirm how much assistance we can offer.

TERMS
Following acceptance, we’ll provide guidance on presentation templates.  All presentation slides will be published on the conference website after the conference.  OWASP values vendor neutrality.  Please make sure that any pictures and other materials in your slides do not violate any copyrights. You are solely liable for copyright violations. You may choose any CC license for your slides, including CC0. OWASP does suggest open licenses.

Additional  Notes:

  • OWASP is an inclusive organization for practitioners from all cultural, gender, language, educational, ability, religious, and career backgrounds. We actively encourage speakers of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, and ethnicity.
  • Fields denoted by an asterisk are mandatory. Failure to fully complete your submission can result in your submission being excluded from the review process.
  • Multiple submissions will be reviewed.  However one talk will be selected.  We’re looking to expand a speaking opportunity across our diverse community.
  • While we do not offer an honorarium, free registration is included and we hope to create an epic speaker experience this year!

All personal data collected during the submission process will be only for contacting submitters regarding their submission and will not be used for any marketing or commercials purposes. All data collected will be deleted once the selection process is complete.

INTRODUCTION

Application Security leaders, software engineers, and researchers from all over the world gather at Global AppSec conferences to drive visibility and evolution in the safety and security of the world’s software, as well as to network, collaborate, and share the newest innovations in the field.

The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California. It will begin with training sessions from October 19 - 21, 2020 and the main conference on October 22 - 23.

Considering the ongoing international emergency regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are aware that an in-person conference may not be feasible. We ask that you design content that could be effectively presented in either format. We will provide technical guidelines and assistance to speakers who may not be familiar with delivering virtual content should the decision be made to hold the conference virtually.

CALL FOR TRAINERS (CfT) & SUBMISSION

The Program Team is formally issuing a call for Trainers, opening March 23,  2020. As with previous Global AppSec events, we would like to run a number of different training courses of varying lengths over the three days of the conference.

Trainers can apply to give 1, 2, or 3 day classes. Trainers are allowed to make multiple submissions; one submission per class. The training audience will include developers interested in security as well as security professionals.

We are looking for training courses at all levels from someone new to the application security field to advanced topics for experienced professionals. However, all training submissions should have a focus on practical skills which are immediately applicable to an attendee’s job and have a significant hands-on element with tasks and exercises for attendees to attempt during the training.

REVIEW PROCESS

IMPORTANT DATES:
CfT Opens March 23, 2020
CfT Closes April 19, 2020
Notification to submitters May 22, 2020
Program announced  June 1, 2020

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS
The Program Team will review your submission based on a descriptive abstract and detailed outline of your class.  Including additional classroom materials will be helpful in our evaluation.

Please review your proposal thoroughly as all accepted abstracts and bios will be published on our site as submitted.

Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, the following.  We encourage innovation!

  • Secure development: frameworks, best practices, secure coding, methods, processes, SDLC
  • Integrating Security into DevOps or SRE
  • Vulnerability analysis: code review, pentest, static analysis
  • Threat modeling
  • Mobile security
  • Cloud and serverless security
  • Kubernetes and Container security
  • OWASP tools or projects in practice
  • New technologies, paradigms, tools
  • Operations and software security
  • Other topics but with an emphasis on Application Security: Business Risks, Outsourcing/Offshoring, Awareness Programs, Project Management

Training should:
Be Aimed at a Specific Audience - OWASP has a diverse audience that consists of novice to advanced level practitioners in different fields. Your content should be developed to clearly connect with a specific audience.

Not be a Marketing Pitch - Submissions that double as marketing or including sales pitches within the training will not be accepted.

Have a Clearly Written Abstract - Your Abstract is the only long-form marketing for your specific talk to our audience. It should be written so that attendees can clearly understand what you will be discussing and what they will get out of your class.  Your abstract should include the learning objectives of the training.

Have a Detailed Outline - Detailed description of how you are you structurering the course. Walk the reviewer through the training.

Be Clearly Applicable - Classes which prioritize content that attendees will be able to immediately implement are preferred.

Include Hands-on training - Hands on labs which allow attendees to connect meaningfully with content are preferred.

Demonstrate the Expertise of Trainer(s) - The submission should highlight the experience of the trainer(s) in the subject of training and in delivering professional training.

Terms
All trainers will be required to submit a trainer agreement. The following conditions apply for those that want to provide training at the conference.

Trainer provides:

  • Class syllabus / training materials.
  • Covers travel for the instructor(s) and all course materials for students.
  • Promotion of training on all available media eg. Twitter, Linkedin
  • Trainer may brand training materials to increase their exposure.

OWASP provides:

  • Venue
  • Catering
  • Registration Logistics
  • Basic wireless internet access (if you need additional technical arrangements, it is important to let us know)
  • One night hotel per day of training
  • Flat fee of $5,000 per day of training

OWASP will reserve up to two training slots at no cost and the trainer may reserve up to one slot at no cost. Please note that for data privacy reasons OWASP cannot provide trainers with contact information of the attendees. Trainers may collect attendee contact information during the training, should the attendee choose to share it with the trainer.

All personal data collected during the submission process will be only for contacting submitters regarding their submission and will not be used for any marketing or commercials purposes. All data collected will be deleted once the selection process is complete.

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