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Securing Web Applications | OWASP Top Ten and Beyond

SS Course: GK1120

Course Overview


Embark on a comprehensive journey into web application security with our two-day seminar-style course, "Securing Web Applications / 2021 OWASP Top Ten and Beyond". Designed for web developers and technical stakeholders, this course equips you with the foundational concepts of defensive and secure coding. You'll learn to move beyond the "penetrate and patch" approach, integrating security into your applications from the get-go, leading to robust, resilient software.

Throughout the engaging course, you ll delve into the best practices for defensively coding web applications, addressing the 2021 OWASP Top Ten and several other vital vulnerabilities. Learn from the mistakes of the past as we dissect real-world examples of poorly designed web applications, providing you with stark illustrations of the potential fallout when security best practices are not adhered to. Our security expert will guide you on the process of integrating security measures into your development lifecycle, ensuring you build secure applications from the ground up.

The course goes beyond theory, offering practical skills directly applicable to your work: ethical hacking, bug hunting, detection, and mitigation of threats to authentication and authorization functionalities. You'll understand the mechanics and threats of Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and Injection attacks and comprehend the risks and mitigation strategies associated with XML processing, software uploads, and deserialization.

Unlike many courses that are self-guided or delivered by less experienced trainers, this course is led by a seasoned web application security expert who shares practical insights, best practices, and real-life experiences, adding invaluable depth to your learning journey. You ll exit this course well-versed in these technologies, equipped with practical skills, plus the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate in your professional environment. With engaging expert-led lectures, interactive discussions, and insightful demos, this course will provide you with the skills required to begin your journey to building safer, stronger web applications.


Scheduled Classes

07/08/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
09/03/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
10/28/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led
12/16/24 - GVT - Virtual Classroom - Virtual Instructor-Led



Session: Bug Hunting Foundation

  • Lesson: Why Hunt Bugs?
    • The Language of Cybersecurity
    • The Changing Cybersecurity Landscape
    • AppSec Dissection of SolarWinds
    • The Human Perimeter
    • Interpreting the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report
    • First Axiom in Web Application Security Analysis
    • First Axiom in Addressing ALL Security Concerns
    • Lab: Case Study in Failure
  • Lesson: Safe and Appropriate Bug Hunting/Hacking
    • Working Ethically
    • Respecting Privacy
    • Bug/Defect Notification
    • Bug Bounty Programs
    • Bug Hunting Mistakes to Avoid

Session: Moving Forward From Hunting Bugs

  • Lesson: Removing Bugs
    • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
    • OWASP Top Ten Overview
    • Web Application Security Consortium (WASC)
    • CERT Secure Coding Standards
    • Microsoft Security Response Center
    • Software-Specific Threat Intelligence

Session: Foundation for Securing Web Applications

  • Lesson: Principles of Information Security
    • Security Is a Lifecycle Issue
    • Minimize Attack Surface Area
    • Layers of Defense: Tenacious D
    • Compartmentalize
    • Consider All Application States
    • Do NOT Trust the Untrusted
    • AppSec Dissection of the Verkada Exploit

Session: Bug Stomping 101

  • Lesson: Unvalidated Data
    • Buffer Overflows
    • Integer Arithmetic Vulnerabilities
    • Defining and Defending Trust Boundaries
    • Rigorous., Positive Specifications
    • Whitelisting vs Blacklisting
    • Challenges: Free-Form Text, Email Addresses, and Uploaded Files
  • Lesson: A01: Broken Access Control
    • Elevation of Privileges
    • Insufficient Flow Control
    • Unprotected URL/Resource Access/Forceful Browsing
    • Metadata Manipulation (JWTs)
    • CORS Misconfiguration Issues
    • Cross Site Request Forgeries (CSRF)
    • CSRF Defenses
    • Lab: Spotlight: Verizon
  • Lesson: A02: Cryptographic Failures
    • Identifying Protection Needs
    • Evolving Privacy Considerations
    • Options for Protecting Data
    • Transport/Message Level Security
    • Weak Cryptographic Processing
    • Keys and Key Management
    • NIST Recommendations
  • Lesson: A03: Injection
    • Injection Flaws
    • SQL Injection Attacks Evolve
    • Drill Down on Stored Procedures
    • Other Forms of Server-Side Injection
    • Minimizing Injection Flaws
    • Client-side Injection: XSS
    • Persistent, Reflective, and DOM-Based XSS
    • Best Practices for Untrusted Data
  • Lesson: A04: Insecure Design
    • Secure Software Development Processes
    • Shifting Left
    • Cost of Continually Reinventing
    • Leveraging Common AppSec Practices and Control
    • Paralysis by Analysis
    • Actionable Application Security
    • Additional Tools for the Toolbox
    • Lab: Actionable AppSec
  • Lesson: A05: Security Misconfiguration
    • System Hardening
    • Risks with Internet-Connected Resources (Servers to Cloud)
    • Minimalist Configurations
    • Application Whitelisting
    • Secure Baseline
    • Segmentation with Containers and Cloud
    • Lab: Configuration Guidance
    • Resolution of External References
    • Safe XML Processing

Session: Bug Stomping 102

  • Lesson: A06: Vulnerable and Outdated Components
    • Vulnerable Components
    • Software Inventory
    • Managing Updates: Balancing Risk and Timeliness
    • AppSec Dissection of Ongoing Microsoft Exchange Exploits
    • Lab: Spotlight: Equifax
  • Lesson: A07: Identification and Authentication Failures
    • Quality and Protection of Authentication Data
    • Proper hashing of passwords
    • Handling Passwords on Server Side
    • Session Management
    • HttpOnly and Security Headers
  • Lesson: A08: Software and Data Integrity Failures
    • Serialization/Deserialization
    • Issues with Consuming Vulnerable Software
    • Using Trusted Repositories
    • CI/CD Pipeline Issues
    • Protecting Software Development Resources
  • Lesson: A09: Security Logging and Monitoring Failures
    • Detecting Threats and Active Attacks
    • Best Practices for Determining What to Log
    • Safe Logging in Support of Forensics
    • Lab: Auditing and Logging Guidance
  • Lesson: A10: Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF)
    • Understanding SSRF
    • Remote Resource Access Scenarios
    • Complexity of Cloud Services
    • SSRF Defense in Depth
    • Positive Allow Lists

Session: Moving Forward

  • Lesson: Applications: What Next?
    • Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
    • CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous SW Errors
    • Strength Training: Project Teams/Developers
    • Strength Training: IT Organizations
    • Lab: Spotlight: Capital One



    This is not a hands-on course, however its helpful if you have:

    • Basic understanding of web development and web architecture
    • Some familiarity with basic programming concepts.
    • Basic understanding of web security concepts.

      Who Should Attend


      This is an overview-level course ideally suited for web developers, software engineers, system administrators, and other technical stakeholders who are involved in the design, development, or maintenance of web applications. Security professionals looking to deepen their understanding of web application vulnerabilities and defense mechanisms would also greatly benefit. Moreover, project managers and leaders who wish to ensure their teams are following best practices for secure application development will find this course valuable in shaping their strategic direction.