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Fuzz TestingBuffer OverflowSql InjectionPenetration Test

Learner Career Outcomes

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

24%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

13%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Course 2 of 5 in the
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 17 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Korean

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

OVERVIEW

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 26 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
What is software security?7m
Tour of the course and expected background11m
4 readings
Introductory Reading10m
Syllabus10m
FAQ and Errata10m
Glossary10m
1 practice exercise
Qualifying Quiz30m
2 hours to complete

LOW-LEVEL SECURITY

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Memory Layout11m
Buffer Overflow6m
Code Injection6m
Other Memory Exploits11m
Format String Vulnerabilities6m
2 readings
Week 1 Reading10m
Project 110m
2 practice exercises
Week 1 quiz30m
VM BOF quiz24m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

DEFENDING AGAINST LOW-LEVEL EXPLOITS

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 79 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Memory Safety16m
Type Safety4m
Avoiding Exploitation9m
Return Oriented Programming - ROP11m
Control Flow Integrity14m
Secure Coding18m
1 reading
Week 2 Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

WEB SECURITY

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 101 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Web Basics10m
SQL Injection10m
SQL Injection Countermeasures9m
Web-based State Using Hidden Fields and Cookies13m
Session Hijacking6m
Cross-site Request Forgery - CSRF6m
Web 2.05m
Cross-site Scripting13m
Interview with Kevin Haley21m
2 readings
Week 3 Reading10m
Project 210m
2 practice exercises
BadStore quiz18m
Week 3 quiz32m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

SECURE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 130 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
Threat Modeling, or Architectural Risk Analysis9m
Security Requirements13m
Avoiding Flaws with Principles8m
Design Category: Favor Simplicity10m
Design Category: Trust With Reluctance12m
Design Category: Defense in Depth, Monitoring/Traceability5m
Top Design Flaws9m
Case Study: Very Secure FTP daemon12m
Interview with Gary McGraw40m
1 reading
Week 4 Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 quiz32m

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About the Cybersecurity Specialization

The Cybersecurity Specialization covers the fundamental concepts underlying the construction of secure systems, from the hardware to the software to the human-computer interface, with the use of cryptography to secure interactions. These concepts are illustrated with examples drawn from modern practice, and augmented with hands-on exercises involving relevant tools and techniques. Successful participants will develop a way of thinking that is security-oriented, better understanding how to think about adversaries and how to build systems that defend against them....
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