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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. 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 Category:Principle, Category:Threat, Category:Attack, Category:Vulnerability, Category:Countermeasure, Category:Code Snippet, Category:How To, Category:Activity
Level of Abstraction Category:Implementation, Category:Design, Category:Architecture, Category:Business
Related Countermeasures Category:Authentication, Category:Session Management, Category:Access Control, Category:Validation, Category:Encoding, Category:Error Handling, Category:Logging, Category:Encryption, Category:Quotas
Likelihood Factors Category:Attractiveness, Category:Tools Required, Category:Expertise Required
Business Impact Factors Category:Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability
Application Platforms Category:Java, Category:.NET, Category:PHP, C/C++
Software Lifecycle Activites Category:Planning, Requirements, Category:Architecture, Category:Design, Category:Implementation, Category:Test, Category:Deployment, Category:Operation, Maintenance
Application Security Activites Category:Threat Modeling, Category:Security Architecture, Category:Security Requirements, Category:Secure Coding, Category:Penetration Testing, Category:Code Review, Category:Secure Deployment
Other Application Security Categories Category:Role, Category:Tool