Web Security Threat Classification

For many organizations, web sites serve as mission critical systems that must operate smoothly to process millions of dollars in daily online transactions. However, the actual value of a web site needs to be appraised on a case-by-case basis for each organization. Tangible and intangible value of anything is difficult to measure in monetary figures alone.

Web security vulnerabilities continually impact the risk of a web site. When any web security vulnerability is identified, performing the attack requires using at least one of several application attack techniques. These techniques are commonly referred to as the class of attack (the way a security vulnerability is taken advantage of). Many of these types of attack have recognizable names such as Buffer Overflows, SQL Injection, and Cross-site Scripting. As a baseline, the class of attack is the method the Web Security Threat Classification will use to explain and organize the threats to a web site.

The Web Security Threat Classification will compile and distill the known unique classes of attack, which have presented a threat to web sites in the past. Each class of attack will be given a standard name and explained with thorough documentation discussing the key points. Each class will also be organized in a flexible structure. The formation of a Web Security Threat Classification will be of exceptional value to application developers, security professionals, software vendors or anyone else with an interest in web security. Independent security review methodologies, secure development guidelines, and product/service capability requirements will all benefit from the effort.

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