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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Software Security by University of Maryland, College Park

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About the Course

This course we will explore the foundations of software security. We will consider important software vulnerabilities and attacks that exploit them -- such as buffer overflows, SQL injection, and session hijacking -- and we will consider defenses that prevent or mitigate these attacks, including advanced testing and program analysis techniques. Importantly, we take a "build security in" mentality, considering techniques at each phase of the development cycle that can be used to strengthen the security of software systems. Successful learners in this course typically have completed sophomore/junior-level undergraduate work in a technical field, have some familiarity with programming, ideally in C/C++ and one other "managed" program language (like ML or Java), and have prior exposure to algorithms. Students not familiar with these languages but with others can improve their skills through online web tutorials....

Top reviews


May 26, 2019

Was prepared and presented in a very special and superb way. I am glad I took and completed it. Thanks to my tutor Michael Hicks and special appreciation to coursera for making this possible for me.


Jul 9, 2016

Really useful course. I would highly recommend it to any person interested in beginning with Software security. Some SW basic skills are needed to follow the course and take profit of the lessons.

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By Francois G

Mar 12, 2021

A fascinating journey, well documented. At times fun, often challenging.

By Denon G A

Sep 4, 2018

It has been a challenge studying this course. I definitely learned a lot

By Victor A B M

Dec 23, 2017

Great course!!! Great content and great explanation. I´ve learned a lot.

By Jorge A

Apr 29, 2022

I loved the projects, I think it needed more examples of applications.

By Shailesh A P

Nov 15, 2019

Course was nicely designed for begineer, 1 st steps towards security..

By Sorin B

Jan 24, 2017

Pretty good and solid information. Looking forward to week2-4 as well.


Jan 8, 2022

The program was very efficient, thanks to proffessors, Regards to...

By Stefan H

Sep 4, 2017

Very good topic selection, presentation, mix of theory and practice.


Oct 4, 2019

Very good selections of topics, well designed quizzes and projects.

By Tulasi S S A

Oct 1, 2016

Thank you Sir for the excellent course material. The interviews

By zyddnys

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By shabbyowen

Aug 9, 2016

A good introduction .course to security covering a lot of topics

By Kipkemoi R

Jun 19, 2021

amazk course indeed, thou it's abit hard but its worth it!!!!

By Baskoro A P

May 29, 2016

The project is very helpful to understand the course material

By Samidhya S

Aug 2, 2020

A difficult course to complete but satisfactory nonetheless.

By Heyang W

Dec 22, 2017

Great introduction on security with hands on coding project.

By Renjithlal P

Feb 21, 2023

I was a wonderful course to understand softyware security.

By Joseph G

Jun 14, 2019

Excellent course for those interested in software security

By Abdul W

May 6, 2022

Very interesting course offered by University of Maryland

By Grace S

Oct 5, 2018

Part of this course was tough for me, but I learned a lot

By Ayman E

Feb 5, 2017

very useful , i liked it , the videos short and objective

By Enrique A M

Oct 1, 2020

Cada dia me siento mas preparado, Mil gracias Coursera.

By Eduardo M P T

Feb 27, 2018

Very good course to understand threats for applications

By Alexandru J

Dec 25, 2017

Very practical, with engaging and interesting lab work.

By david z

Sep 23, 2016

great introduction, waiting for new techniques like ROP