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The OWASP Folksonomy Approach to Organizing Application Security
There are many different ways of organizing all the different aspects of application security. Attempts to force these topics into a strict taxonomy have failed because there are too many dimensions to the problem. Organizing the information by a single factor -- the type of programming flaw, for example -- confuses and eliminates all the useful information from the other dimensions.
At OWASP, we have adopted the folksonomy tagging approach to solving this problem. We simply tag our articles with a number of different categories. You can use these category to help get different views into the complex, interconnected set of topics that is application security.
Each article is tagged with as many of the following tags as reasonably apply:
|Type of Article||Principle, Threat, Attack, Vulnerability, Countermeasure, Code Snippet, How To, Activity|
|Level of Abstraction||Implementation, Design, Architecture, Business|
|Countermeasures||Authentication, Session Management, Access Control, Validation, Encoding, Error Handling, Logging, Encryption, Quotas|
|Likelihood Factors||Attractiveness, Tools Required, Expertise Required|
|Business Impact Factors||Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, Accountability, Non-Repudiation|
|Application Platforms||Java, .NET, PHP, C/C++|
|Software Lifecycle Activites||Planning, Requirements, Architecture, Design, Implementation, Test, Deployment, Operation, Maintenance|
|Application Security Activites||Threat Modeling, Security Architecture, Security Requirements, Secure Coding, Penetration Testing, Code Review, Secure Deployment|
|Vulnerability Analysis Technique||Vulnerability Scanning, Penetration Testing, Static Analysis, Code Review|
|Other Application Security Categories||Role, Tool|