This course presents an approach for dealing with security and privacy throughout the entire software development lifecycle. You will learn about vulnerabilities that undermine security, and how to identify and remediate them in your own projects.
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The stakes for software security are very high, and yet many development teams deal with software security only after the code has been developed and the software is being prepared for delivery. As with any aspect of software quality, to ensure successful implementation, security and privacy issues should be managed throughout the entire software development lifecycle.
This course presents an approach for dealing with security and privacy throughout the entire software development lifecycle. You will learn about vulnerabilities that undermine security, and how to identify and remediate them in your own projects. You will learn general strategies for dealing with security defects and misconfiguration, how to design software to deal with the human element in security, and how to incorporate security into all phases of development.
In this course, you will employ best practices in software development to develop secure software. You will:
- Identify the need for security in your software projects.
- Eliminate vulnerabilities within software.
- Use a Security by Design approach to design a secure architecture for your software.
- Implement common protections to protect users and data.
- Apply various testing methods to find and correct security defects in your software.
- Maintain deployed software to ensure ongoing security.
Hands-on exercises are designed to keep the typing of code to a bare minimum. We provide students with all of the code they need to complete activities. The activities do not require a “deep dive” into code to understand the principles being covered.
This course is designed for software developers, testers, and architects who design and develop software in various programming languages and platforms, including desktop, web, cloud, and mobile, and who want to improve their ability to deliver software that is of high quality, particularly regarding security and privacy.
This course is also designed for students who are seeking the CertNexus Cyber Secure Coder certification.
Course-specific Technical Requirements
For this course, you will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware configurations:
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 2 gigabytes (GB) RAM (32-bit or 64-bit)
- 20 GB available hard disk space (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
- 1,024 x 768 resolution monitor recommended
- Projection system to display the instructor's computer screen
- Local area network and Internet connection
- Windows® 10/8.1/8/7/Vista (64-bit). This course was successfully keyed on Windows 10. Some activity steps may not key exactly as written if students key on a different version of Windows.
- Python version 3.8.1 (python-3.8.1.amd64.msi, provided with the course data files).
- PyCharm Community Edition version 2019.3.3 (pycharm-community-2019.3.3.exe, provided with the course data files). Python is distributed under the Python Software Foundation License (PSFL). PyCharm Community Edition is distributed under the Apache® License 2.0.
Lesson 1: Identifying the Need for Security in Your Software Projects
Topic A: Identify Security Requirements and Expectations
Topic B: Identify Factors That Undermine Software Security
Topic C: Find Vulnerabilities in Your Software
Topic D: Gather Intelligence on Vulnerabilities and Exploits
Lesson 2: Handling Vulnerabilities
Topic A: Handle Vulnerabilities Due to Software Defects and Misconfiguration
Topic B: Handle Vulnerabilities Due to Human Factors
Topic C: Handle Vulnerabilities Due to Process Shortcomings
Lesson 3: Designing for Security
Topic A: Apply General Principles for Secure Design
Topic B: Design Software to Counter Specific Threats
Lesson 4: Developing Secure Code
Topic A: Follow Best Practices for Secure Coding
Topic B: Prevent Platform Vulnerabilities
Topic C: Prevent Privacy Vulnerabilities
Lesson 5: Implementing Common Protections
Topic A: Limit Access Using Login and User Roles
Topic B: Protect Data in Transit and At Rest
Topic C: Implement Error Handling and Logging
Topic D: Protect Sensitive Data and Functions
Topic E: Protect Database Access
Lesson 6: Testing Software Security
Topic A: Perform Security Testing
Topic B: Analyze Code to find Security Problems
Topic C: Use Automated Testing Tools to Find Security Problems
Lesson 7: Maintaining Security in Deployed Software
Topic A: Monitor and Log Applications to Support Security
Topic B: Maintain Security after Deployment