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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.

Nov 19, 2016

Content is really valuable and actionable with a specific comeback for the student in terms of secure development, security and how to understand the origin of exploits and other cyber attacks

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By Omar A A

Feb 4, 2018

excellent course have a huge amount of security information i liked this course

By Federico F

Jul 9, 2020

Excellent! I really enjoyed this course and I have learned a lot of new stuff.

By Pawan K

May 18, 2020

It is full package of knowledge of software security..Go Ahead for this course

By Arin D

May 24, 2016

Its just a perfect course for any beginners....thank u sooo much coursera...!!


Nov 5, 2017

muy buen curso , lo que si vean la posibilidad de tener subtitulos en español

By David E

Apr 21, 2017

Very engaging course. Great projects and excellent presentation overall.


By Filadelfo F

Oct 19, 2016

Very interesting and useful course to get involved in the software security.


Sep 11, 2018

It's a great a course but if there any lab practice like CTF will be great

By Apti U

Dec 20, 2016

Really solid info about modern state of low level exploitation. Thank you

By Gauthier

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 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.

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

Aug 7, 2016



By shabbyowen

Aug 9, 2016

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

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 Joseph G

Jun 14, 2019

Excellent course for those interested in software security

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