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Understanding Web Application Security: A Technical Overview

  • Tuition USD $895 GSA  $811.58
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 4819 Ratings
  • Course Code TT8020
  • Duration 1 day
  • Available Formats Classroom

This course is essential application security training for technical leads, project managers, testing/QA personnel, and other stakeholders who need to understand the issues and concepts associated with secure web applications. You will learn the best practices for designing, implementing, and deploying secure web applications. You will cover current, real examples that illustrate the potential consequences of not following these best practices. You will leave this course armed with an understanding of software vulnerabilities, defenses for those vulnerabilities, and testing those defenses for sufficiency. You will be introduced to the most common security vulnerabilities faced by web applications today. Each vulnerability is examined through a process of describing the threat and attack mechanisms, the associated vulnerabilities, and designing, implementing, and testing effective defenses.

Skills Gained

  • Concepts and terminology behind defensive, secure coding
  • Magnitude of the problems associated with web application security and the potential risks associated with those problems
  • Threat Modeling as a tool in identifying software vulnerabilities based on realistic threats against meaningful assets
  • Consequences for not properly handling untrusted data (denial of service, cross-site scripting, and injections)
  • Vulnerabilities of associated with authentication and authorization
  • Techniques and measures that can used to harden web and application servers as well as other components in your infrastructure
  • Relate to the potential vulnerabilities and defenses for the processing of XML in web services and Ajax

Who Can Benefit

Web application project stakeholders who wish to develop well defended web applications


  • Minimum of two years working knowledge in IT
  • Basic understanding of web applications and the associated technologies
  • Actual development working knowledge is helpful but not required

Course Details


  • Misconceptions
  • Security Concepts
  • Defensive Coding Principles
  • Reality

Top Security Vulnerabilities

  • Unvalidated Input
  • Broken Access Control
  • Broken Authentication and Session Management
  • Cross Site Scripting (XSS/CSRF) Flaws
  • Injection Flaws
  • Error Handling and Information Leakage
  • Insecure Storage
  • Insecure Management of Configuration
  • Direct Object Access
  • Spoofing and Redirects

Defending XML Processing

  • Defending XML
  • Defending Web Services
  • Defending Ajax

What's Important

  • Prioritizing Your Efforts
  • Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures for 2011
  • OWASP Top Ten for 2010
  • CWE/SANS Top 25 Programming Errors
  • Monster Mitigations

Secure Software Development (SSD)

  • SSD Process
  • Applying Processes and Practices
  • Risk Analysis

Security Testing

  • Testing Principles
  • Reviews as Form of Testing
  • Testing
  • Tools
  • Testing Practices

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

What does GTR stand for?

GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

What does vendor-authorized training mean?

As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.

Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?

It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.

How up-to-date are your courses and support materials?

We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.

Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?

ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.

Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?

Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.

Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?

We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth.  We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.

How do I get started with certification?

Getting started on a certification pathway depends on your goals and the vendor you choose to get certified in. Many vendors offer entry-level IT certification to advanced IT certification that can boost your career. To get access to certification vouchers and discounts, please contact Edu_customerexperience@techdata.com

Will I get access to content after I complete a course?

You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.

The class was good, but at times the pace did seem a bit fast to actually try to remember some of the information.

Brandon was a great instructor. The virtual course materials and labs provided were very informative.

Some Labs are very good but some steps it ask to update but its already updated, but overall its very good training.

Very interactive and in-depth course that really got me ready for the industry

Great instructor, clear and concise course. Labs were easy to follow and worked perfectly.

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