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OWASP San Antonio May Meeting: The OpenSAMM Project

The May meeting of OWASP San Antonio will be held May 19th, 2010.  I will be presenting on the OpenSAMM project.  More information below.  (Note to Pravir: I shamelessly borrowed your abstract for this talk)

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San Antonio OWASP Chapter: Wed May 19th, 2010

Topic: The Open Software Assurance Maturity Model

Presenter: Dan Cornell, Principal, Denim Group

Date: Wednesday May 19th, 2010 11:30am – 1:00pm


San Antonio Technology Center (Web Room)

3463 Magic Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229

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The Open Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM) ( is a flexible and prescriptive framework for building security into a software development organization. Covering more than typical SDLC-based models for security, SAMM enables organizations to self-assess their security assurance program and then use recommended roadmaps to improve in a way that’s aligned to the specific risks facing the organization. Beyond that, SAMM enables creation of scorecards for an organization’s effectiveness at secure software development throughout the typical governance, development, and deployment business functions. Scorecards also enable management within an organization to demonstrate quantitative improvements through iterations of building a security assurance program.


This workshop will introduce the SAMM framework and walk through useful activities such as assessing an assurance program, mapping an existing organization to a recommended roadmap, and iteratively building an assurance program. Time allowing, additional case studies will also be discussed. OpenSAMM is an open a free project and has recently been donated to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Foundation. For more information on OpenSAMM, visit


Presenter Bio:

Dan Cornell has over ten years of experience architecting, developing and securing web-based software systems. As a Principal of Denim Group, he leads the organization’s technology team overseeing methodology development and project execution for Denim Group’s customers. He also heads the Denim Group application security research team, investigating the application of secure coding and development techniques to the improvement of web based software development methodologies. He is also the primary author of sprajax, Denim Group’s open source tool for assessing the security of AJAX-enabled web applications


Sodas and snacks will be provided.  Feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.


Please RSVP: E-mail  or call (210) 572-4400.

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About Dan Cornell

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A globally recognized application security expert, Dan Cornell holds over 15 years of experience architecting, developing and securing web-based software systems. As the Chief Technology Officer and a Principal at Denim Group, Ltd., he leads the technology team to help Fortune 500 companies and government organizations integrate security throughout the development process. He is also the original creator of ThreadFix, Denim Group's industry leading application vulnerability management platform.
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