Web Security Group Launches Northwest Chapter

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The leading web application security organization, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), has opened a local chapter in Seattle.

A volunteer group is launching this month to provide a forum for free open source documentation, tools and standards for web application security. The group, called the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), develops conferences, articles, papers, testing tools, and message forums. OWASP operates throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Todd Wedge, chapter leader of OWASP Seattle, said the forums are an informal meeting place for application security experts and web developers to learn procedures and processes in secure coding and to view the latest web hacking techniques. "Compliance issues are pushing more companies to review their coding security. OWASP provides a venue for developers and security specialists to integrate security into their application life cycles."

He said the Puget Sound region is an ideal spot for a local chapter due to the high concentration of software companies.

"Application security is a hot topic. Hackers tend to go after low hanging fruit and hastily built web applications are a prime target. Companies can spend millions on network security, leave one or two lines of vulnerable code in their web application, and have the customer database stolen.”

The Seattle chapter opens March 2nd with a meeting at the Sheraton Bellevue. For more information, go to http://www.owasp.org/local/seattle.html

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an all-volunteer group that produces free, professional-quality, open-source documentation, tools, and standards. The OWASP community facilitates conferences, local chapters, articles, papers, and message forums.

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