Monday, June 29, 2009

Web Application Security Consortium

It can be Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) is in search of contributed 'Guest Articles' by industry professionals on the latest in trends, techniques, defenses, best practices and lessons learned relevant to the field of web application security.

The value of web application security has very much increased in recent years due to the exponential increase in threats plaguing the application layer of the network. To properly protect systems from application-level attacks, the understanding of today's issues has never been more critical. It's imperative the industry work together by sharing first-hand experiences to combat the growing number of issues. Your contributed articles will assist in the advancement of the field of web application security and the education of the issues we all face.

Contributed articles may include industry best practices, technical information about current issues, innovative defense techniques, etc. NO VENDOR PITCHES OR MARKETING GIMMICKS PLEASE. We are only soliciting concrete information from the experts on the front lines of the web application security field.

Goals & Objectives provide a venue for the information security community to publish and obtain up-to-date web security content.

Our readers are very important to WASC. The readers come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and have a high expectation for quality educational material. As such, WASC contributed articles are not to be used as a venue for marketing purposes. Articles are assumed op-ed; they should be succinct, and direct while presenting details and solutions.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Web Security Mailing List

Web Security Mailing List is an open information discussion for discussing topics applicable to web security. Topics include, but are not limited to, industry news and technical discussions hard by web applications, proxies, honey pots, new attack types, methodologies, application firewalls, discoveries, experiences, web servers, application servers, database security, tools, solutions, and others.

The Web Security Mailing List is maintained by the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC)

The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) is an international group of experts, industry practitioners, and organizational representatives who produce open source and widely agreed upon best-practice security standards for the World Wide Web.

As an active community, WASC facilitates the exchange ideas and organizes several industry projects. WASC consistently releases technical information, contributed articles, security guidelines, and other useful documentation. Businesses, educational institutions, governments, application developers, security professionals, and software vendors all over the world utilize our materials to assist with the challenges presented by web application security.

Monday, June 15, 2009

File Server Application

In computing, a file server is a computer attached to a network that has the primary purpose of providing a location for the shared storage of computer files (such as documents, sound files, photographs, movies, images, databases, etc.) that can be accessed by the workstations that are attached to the computer network. The term server highlights the role of the machine in the client-server scheme, where the clients are the workstations using the storage. A file server is usually not performing any calculations, and does not run any programs on behalf of the clients. It is designed primarily to enable the rapid storage and retrieval of data where the heavy computation is provided by the workstations.

History of file servers

In the mid-1980s enterprises became increasingly interested in ways to connect a rapidly growing population of personal computers. Novell proposed an approach using software to connect each workstation to a network file server that would manage both the network and access to network resources. At the same time 3Com Corporation was creating Ethernet adapter cards, building hardware connectivity needed for such approach.

Novell grew upon the strength of its Netware operating system, used for file serving, and by the late 1980s had a 50% market share of local area networks. Seeing the potential growth in this arena IBM and Microsoft both introduced their own file server strategies.

Twenty years after its peak, Novell and 3Com have virtually disappeared from the Server market; today disk servers (a NAS or a SAN) supplied by one of the leading vendors such as EMC or NetApp are typically attached to a file server running the Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems. Large data centers, that serve millions of customers (such as Google's), run server farms on specialized equipment with large, complex operating systems.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Server application

A server is any arrangement of hardware or software designed to present services to clients. When used alone, the term typically refers to a computer which may be running a server operating system, but is commonly used to refer to any software or committed hardware capable of providing services.


The word server is used quite generally in information technology. Consider the multi platform software known as the "Apache HTTP Server". This software runs on many modern computers which may not normally be called servers (like laptops for instance), but the host computer is also a server. particularly, the combination of the
Hardware computer and the Apache software can be called a web server.

Inside the hardware sense, the word server classically designates computer models intended for running software applications under the heavy demand of a network surroundings. In this client-server configuration one or more machines, either a computer or a computer appliance, share information with each other with one acting as a host for the other.

While nearly any personal computer is skilled of acting as a network server, a committed server will contain features making it more suitable for production environments. These features may include a faster CPU, increased high-performance RAM, and typically more than one large hard drive. More obvious distinctions include marked redundancy in power supplies, network connections, and even the servers themselves.

Among the 1990s and 2000s an increase in the use of dedicated hardware saw the arrival of self-contained server appliances. One well-known creation is the Google Search Appliance, a unit which combines hardware and software in an out-of-the-box packaging. Simpler examples of such appliances include switches, routers, gateways, and print server, all of which are available in a near plug-and-play configuration.