[ISN] OSVDB Recognized as 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

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Mon Apr 11 05:25:52 EDT 2005

Forwarded from: jkouns <jkouns at opensecurityfoundation.org>

OSVDB Recognized as 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

The Open Source Vulnerability Database, a project to catalog and
describe the world's security vulnerabilities, has continued to focus
on improving database content and increasing services offered to the
security community.

Since the official launch of OSVDB in March 2004, the vulnerability
database has grown from 1000 to over 6700 complete entries. This rapid
growth has far surpassed initial estimates, and the project's many
successes show that the open source community can truly deliver
world-class security information.

OSVDB's rapid success is directly attributed to the dedicated
volunteers who help populate, maintain and enhance the database. Their
hard work has already allowed OSVDB to exceed the amount of
vulnerability information available in some databases. At the current
rate of growth, the project is poised to surpass the other
vulnerability databases by the end of 2005.  "It will soon become
mandatory for security professionals to use OSVDB if they want the
most thorough information available," says Brian Martin, one of the
project leaders.

The OSVDB leadership team has been aggressively working to ensure the
long term viability of the project.  After improving content to be
recognized as an industry leader, the team determined that
incorporating as a non-profit organization was imperative to OSVDB’s
future success.  Founded to formally run the OSVDB project, the Open
Security Foundation has been approved as a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization under United States law. Jake Kouns, OSVDB project lead,
says, "Achieving our non-profit status will allow us to seek funding
and ensure free vulnerability information will be available for years
to come."

Two of the OSVDB project leaders, Brian Martin and Jake Kouns, will be
presenting a talk called "Vulnerability Databases: Everything is
Vulnerable" at cansecwest/core05 (http://www.cansecwest.com/) in May
2005.  The presentation aims to provide an unbiased review of
vulnerability databases, and addresses the value they should provide
to security practitioners.


More Information:

Jake Kouns
Open Source Vulnerability Database Project
jkouns at osvdb.org

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