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

From: jkouns (jkouns_at_opensecurityfoundation.org)
Date: 04/10/05

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    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.

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    More Information:

    Jake Kouns
    Open Source Vulnerability Database Project
    +1.804.306.8412
    jkouns@osvdb.org


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