The OWASP Top 10 Proactive Controls Project uses the OWASP Top 10 model as a way to encourage the community to participate in the building and maintenance of a Top 10 project aimed at developers. In this interview, I talk with Jim Manico and Katy Anton on the history of the project, how they anticipate it being utilized, and how they have worked with the community do decide the criteria for building the list of controls.
The OWASP Top Ten Proactive Controls Project is spearheaded by Jim Bird and Jim Manico. According to Jim Bird, it is a list of security techniques that should be included in every software development project. I spoke with him about the evolution of the project and how he envisions it being used by the OWASP community, and specifically by developers.
About Jim Bird
Jim Bird is a software development manager and CTO with more than 25 years of experience in software engineering, with a special focus on high-integrity and high-reliability systems. Jim is currently the co-founder and CTO of a major US-based institutional trading service, where he is responsible for managing the company’s technology group and IT security programs. Jim has worked as a consultant to IBM and to major stock exchanges and banks globally. He was also the CTO of a technology firm (now part of NASDAQ OMX) that built custom IT solutions for stock exchanges and central banks in more than 30 countries. Jim is an active contributor to OWASP, helps out as a member of the SANS Analysts program on application security, and rants about Agile software development, project management and application security topics on his blog “Building Real Software.