The Open Information Security Foundation is preparing hold the biennial (every two years) Board of Director elections and are putting out a call for nominations. We are anticipating the next several years to be both exciting and critical for OISF and Suricata, therefore, we are looking for candidates passionate about security and open source communities willing to serve as advisors on our board of directors. Your voice has a direct impact on future of OISF and Suricata - join us! The call for nominations begins today until March 31, 2015.
Online elections will begin April 1, 2015.
Please consider joining our Board of Directors or nominating someone else who would be a great asset. To help you decided, below are some answer to some common questions:
1. As an OISF board member what will I be asked to do?
Meetings: The OISF Board of Directors meet quarterly to review foundation activities, upcoming events, financial status and strategic objectives. Meetings are held via conference call and pre-scheduled to respect the busy schedules of our board members. Additionally, we host annual OISF User Conferences in locations around the world with our objectives of building Suricata's development roadmap, showing appreciation for OISF's consortium members, and growing the community. We would hope that board members make every effort to attend this important event. Our 2015 OISF User Conference is currently being planned for early November in Barcelona, Spain.
Advocacy: Board members will be asked to actively promote OISF, Suricata, and our events throughout the year. OISF and Suricata exist because of the commitment of our community and we look to our board members to actively help us grow our presence in the world.
Expert Advice: Board members are expected to actively provide expertise, advice and professional connections necessary to help OISF make great strides both technologically and growing the community.
2. How large is the OISF board?
The current OISF board currently consisted of 6 members from the community - led by Matt Jonkman, Kelley Misata, and Victor Julien of OISF. We will be expanding our board to 7 members serving for a 2 year term.
3. What is in it for me if I become an OISF board member?
As a board member you will have the opportunity to steer an innovative and cutting edge open source technology, to be an integral part of the decision making process for OISF and have a beneficiary priority status in all OISF and Suricata related public or private events. Board members will be publicly acknowledged in OISF or Suricata related events and added to the OISF website spotlighting their professional bios. Depending on OISF's financial capacity we are hoping to offer board members partial travel reimbursement to attend the annual OISF User Conferences - this is not guaranteed, but something we are hoping to be able to offer our board members.
4. I'm interested in nominating myself or someone I know - how do I do it?
It's simple - submit your name, name of your employer and a brief statement outlining your experience and reasons for running to be on the OISF board to
by 5 pm EST Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Please note, the information provided in the nomination will be included on the PUBLIC election ballots so please be brief.
Elections will begin Wednesday, April 1st and conclude on Wednesday, April 15th. The OISF Board Members will then be announced on Thursday, April 16th.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly at
OR reply to list to start a conversation with the community about this process.