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Before we can help you set up your own OSS Chapter, we need to know a few things about where you are, what school or college you are in, who will be joining you in your new group, and that permission is given from school administration (we can help you with this if you need it, just email us in our about page or as us for help when you submit your Chapter President Application, which is available on the bottom half of this page.)

Chapter Board of Directors

 

You need to have the following positions filled by current students. For each position, you will need their First Name, Last Name, and email.

President

 

First Name:

______________________

 

Last Name:

______________________

 

Email Address:

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Secretary

 

First Name:

______________________

 

Last Name:

______________________

 

Email Address:

______________________

Vice President

 

First Name:

______________________

 

Last Name:

______________________

 

Email Address:

______________________

Treasurer

 

First Name:

______________________

 

Last Name:

______________________

 

Email Address:

______________________

Member #1

 

First Name:

______________________

 

Last Name:

______________________

 

Email Address:

______________________

Member #2

 

First Name:

______________________

 

Last Name:

______________________

 

Email Address:

______________________

Before continuing, you will also need a Faculty Advisor. This is a position that must be filled, usually by a credentialed teacher, with at least one teacher or professor. For this position(s), you will also need the First Name, Last Name, and email (school email).

 

Some of the other helpful items to provide would be a blank copy of the paperwork needed to establish the club on your campus. This can usually be obtained from your Student Government or the Main Office. Most school districts require District Board approval for clubs to operate. If you need help with this as well, we would be happy to help you.

FAQ’s

What is the purpose of OSS?

The Offensive Security Society, or OSS for short, was created to help give an identity and purpose to students looking to learn how to hack, protect themselves from hackers, improve the security of their products and software, enter the cybersecurity sector, or just learn about various topics such as social engineering, physical security, and lock picking.

Why do we need a board?

Though it seems to be counter to the culture of hackers and hacking groups, it is important to have a basic structure in place to help organize the organization and allow for a smoother transition between school years.

The ideal case is that the advisor of your group would help with this transition by assisting the board in the preparation of a succession plan and some sort of year-end review to pass on to the next group.

The purpose of the board is to help with the day-to-day needs of the organization. These could include but not limited to, community outreach, event organization and logistics, financing and other activities that will help ensure the success of the chapter. It would be also be wise to consider including various ages on the board to help ensure that information or access to accounts such as email, are not lost between years.

Does it cost anything to start an OSS Chapter?

No. It does not cost anything to start an OSS Chapter at any college, school or other educational institute. However, please note that our support, particularly in content is limited. While we work hard to try to deliver content to every student chapters, it is not always possible. If you are interested, passionate, or knowledgeable about topics in technology, coding, web design, mobile application development (iOS or Android), game development, networking, social engineering, lock picking, and more, feel free to contact us to us as we are always looking for contributors and content creators.

Do I need to know anything about security to start an OSS Chapter?

The short answer is no. While it would certainly be helpful to at least have some passion or some initial interest/knowledge of the subject, it is not required. The entire purpose to OSS is to democratize this information and make it available to anyone interested in learning. We want to help you foster a group in your local community, an extension of the larger OSS group, so that you all can learn and hack together!

Why does the school need to approve the club and what if we have problems getting the approval?

This is a tough one simply because there are many school administrations that see these types of activities as controversial or expose them to liability. This can be due to ignorance of the issues and topics, past experiences, or lack of interest.

We require some level of site approval before helping you establish OSS because we believe it is important, and can become essential, to the survival of the chapter. The lack of support at the school, site, administration, or district level can cause your chapters problems later down the line when it comes time to file paperwork with your Student Government or school for official recognition. It could also deter, or prevent, a teacher or professor from agreeing to become your advisor.

If you are having problems getting approval from your site, school, administration, or district, please contact us so that we may help you.

Do we have to reapply for Chapter Status every year?

No. We do not require chapters resubmit an OSS Chapter Application every year. Instead, we work with chapters and their advisors to help them transition between years. We also work with chapters to help create a yearly review packet which we use to asses the progress and needs of our chapters aboard.

Where can I check where existing chapters are located?

You can check the list of chapters on the Chapter Page. If the chapter is listed there and would like contact information for that chapter’s leadership, let us know, we can help get you in touch with the chapter’s leadership.

Do I need to be in school to start a chapter or join one?

The short answer is no. Though to start a chapter, we would like to know you are currently a student, it is not required. You can start a Community Chapter. Just so you know, we have a number of chapter types; Future Agent Chapter, Junior Agent Chapters, Professional Chapters, and Community Chapters. Future Agent Chapters are for those located at junior high schools. Junior Agent Chapters are those located at high schools. Collegiate Chapters are those chapters located at colleges or universities. Professional chapters are for those that have graduated from school/college and are working in industry. Community Chapters are more inclusive in the sense that they do not have any requirements for membership and are open to all ages but are usually confined to cities or counties. These meetings can be held at community centers or other public places and would allow members who are not in school to join and be a part of the OSS community.

If you are unsure about what type of chapter you should start or join, let us know and we can help you further!

New Chapter Application

Thank you for your interest in starting an OSS Chapter. The benefits are endless! It is very simple, just fill out the application form and we will get you ready.

Let’s build an awesome OSS Chapter together!