I love Top 10s. They’re everywhere and about everything: Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Neanderthals, Top 10 Crazy Bridal Preparation Customs, Top 10 Alleged Battles Between Humans And Aliens, etc.
But my question was always: why 10? Why not 11? Or 9. Or whatever else? I guess 10 sounds more important than 11 or 9. It’s the decimal system, 10 fingers, easy to visualize. What would you trust more, a Top 11 or a Top 10? Then the pressure is on the top creator to add, eliminate or combine elements to end up with 10 for a credible list.
"The OWASP Top Ten is a powerful awareness document for web application security [...] represents a broad consensus about what the most critical web application security flaws are. [...] Adopting the OWASP Top Ten is perhaps the most effective first step towards changing the software development culture within your organization into one that produces secure code." [link]
The OWASP Top 10 is a versatile project and can be used in multiple ways. But as you work with it, you realize that it is a little bit bloated. Continue reading The revised and compressed OWASP Top 3 Web Application Vulnerabilities