What is OWASP?

Software development is an imperative for a world where the internet connects everyone and everything, as well as for modern business. We now have apps for everything, and businesses are rushing into the race with the expansion of IoT and the fast-paced app market to be the first to release new software.

While security was once an afterthought in software development, as applications are becoming more accessible and, in turn, more vulnerable to various types of network threats, it is now increasingly important. In the field known as AppSec, many organizations acknowledge the importance of application security programs and adopt them.

With many AppSec programs to properly recognize and address security risks not at the desired maturity level, having a source that can assist with just that proves quite useful. OWASP is one such source.

What is OWASP?

The Open Web Application Security Project-OWASP is an open, non-profit foundation and community dedicated to helping AppSec organizations, developers, and just about anyone interested in improving their software’s security and building secure applications.

For both amateur and professional developers, OWASP is that they hold to their core values, which dictates that all their projects, instruments, documents, and chapters are open and free to anyone interested in learning about application security.

A great way to not only learn, but also network and build your reputation in the community is to engage with their projects and chapters.

OWASP web application security risks:

  • Injection
  • Broken authentication
  • Sensitive data exposure
  • XML external entities
  • Broken access control
  • Security misconfiguration
  • Cross-site scripting
  • Insecure deserialization
  • Using components with known vulnerabilities
  • Insufficient logging and monitoring