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Need Brains. User Brains

By Rich

As part of our support for the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), we participate in their survey program which runs quarterly polls on various application security issues. The idea is to survey a group of users to gain a better understanding of how they are managing or perceiving web application security.

We also occasionally run our own surveys to support research projects, such as Project Quant. All these results are released free to the public, and if we’re running the survey ourself we also release the raw anonymized data.

One of our ongoing problems is getting together a good group of qualified respondents. It’s the toughest part of running any survey. Although we post most of our surveys directly in the blog, we would also like to run some closed surveys so we can maintain consistency over time.

We are going to try putting together a survey board of people in end user organizations (we may also add a vendor list later) who are willing to participate in the occasional survey. There would be no marketing to this list, and no more than 1-2 short (10 minutes or less is our target) surveys per quarter. All responses will be kept completely anonymous (we’re trying to set it up to scrub the data as we collect it), and we will return the favor to the community by releasing the results and raw data wherever possible. We’re also working on other ideas to give back to participants – such as access to pre-release research, or maybe even free Q&A emails/calls if you need some advice on something.

No marketing. No spin. Free data.*

If you are interested please send an email to survey@securosis.com and we’ll start building the list. We will never use any email addresses sent to this project for anything other than these occasional short surveys. Private data will never be shared with any outside organization.

We obviously need to hit a certain number of participants to make this meaningful, so please spread the word.

*Obviously we get some marketing for ourselves out of publishing data, but hopefully you don’t consider that evil or slimy.

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