Cuz the site is not fully consistent... Most places its "Application Security", as it was in the Area51 proposal, but the logo, the domain name, and the notification email, its IT security.

My vote is to keep this AppSec focused, thats wide enough, though I might understand why @Robert would want to merge them. On the other hand, it's crystal clear that SO could not have included SF - completely different worlds...


It is IT Security, as we combined a few proposals to get here:

What is the difference between the Security proposals on Area51? Should they be merged?


Buffer Overflow

  • Or Stack smashing – user185 Dec 1 '10 at 13:49
  • @Graham Lee Or Security Suspicions – garik Dec 1 '10 at 19:58
  • +1 for Buffer Overflow as the final site's name. – Iszi Jan 5 '11 at 17:22

Interestingly, I tend to see IT Security as a wholly enclosed and dependent subset of Information Security. As you can see from some of the answers even on this site, it is evident that the People, Process and Technology areas of security are quite difficult to separate.

I think it is right that this is IT security, but we should be careful not to be too quick to flag as Offtopic questions or answers which end up in the People or Process areas.

  • of course not. Au contraire, the mass of questions is already tipped a bit too heavy in the direction of technical. The original question came from the silent merging with other SE proposals. For more updated discussion, see meta.security.stackexchange.com/q/16/33. Again, not a problem of people/process, but of non-professional security. – AviD Nov 25 '10 at 22:52
  • Cheers AviD - understood :-) – Rory Alsop Dec 2 '10 at 1:13

How about "Corporate Security", "Fedral Security", or some variation of those?

  • Those are both quite exclusive, really. I'm an app security guy who doesn't work for a corporation or the feds, where would I fit? :) – user185 Dec 7 '10 at 17:41

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