About this Specialization

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Information security is an extremely important topic in our world today. As individuals, we seek to protect our personal information while the corporations we work for have to protect suppliers, customers, and company assets. Creating secure software requires implementing secure practices as early in the software development lifecycle (SDLC) as possible. This Specialization focuses on ensuring security as part of software design and is for anyone with some workplace experience in software development who needs the background, perspective, and skills to recognize important security aspects of software design. You’ll consider secure design for multiple SDLC models, software architecture considerations, and design patterns. You’ll understand how to identify and implement secure design when considering databases, UML, unit testing, and ethics. Mindsets and attitudes of successful designers—and hackers—are presented as well as project successes and failures. Always at the core of front-end design will be user experience and you will have the opportunity to ensure clean and effective user interfaces that also serve to provide the best security. Back-end development topics such as database design are also covered.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Software Design as an Element of the Software Development Lifecycle

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113 ratings
26 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Software Design as an Abstraction

4.8
stars
66 ratings
16 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Software Design Methods and Tools

4.8
stars
68 ratings
15 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Software Design Threats and Mitigations

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stars
36 ratings
5 reviews

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • There are four courses, each of which can take up to

  • You must know how to code (in some language) and since this is a graduate course, it is helpful if you have some workplace experience in software development.

  • If you are entering with the minimum knowledge needed, then following the courses in order is important. If you are an experienced software develop

  • Not at the beginner's level

  • You will be able to design software that has a better chance of being secure. Recognize that in this business, your success depends on how you perform against a changing

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