It's been a very long time since I've said anything about OpenPacket.org at my TaoSecurity Blog. Although I am no closer to launching OpenPacket.org, I thought I would explain what's been happening. In short, I announced the project two months after starting my own company, TaoSecurity. Since then I have been exceedingly busy doing the business and technical work of running an independent consultancy, as well as being a real person in the non-security world.
I would still like to get OpenPacket.org going, but at the moment I have had no concrete offers of help with creating the site. Around the beginning of the project there was a possibility of corporate development and hosting support, but that fell through due to concerns over ownership. I became concerned the project would end up the intellectual property of a big company when the potential partner announced acquisition plans.
Several people have promised to contribute traces, but actually building a Web site with the necessary infrastructure and back end is still a problem I am being forced to solve. That would be ok if I had any experience in Web development, but I don't. Therefore, OpenPacket.org will not launch until I figure out how to build it. I have considered hiring a developer, but I am not sure if I could raise enough money to pay for the project. Ongoing maintenance might also be an issue.
If you have any thoughts on this matter, please feel free to post them below. Thank you.