Identifying the Need for Security in Your Software Projects

The first step in tackling the problem of software security is to understand the challenges you’re up against.


  • Lab Files
  • Lab Troubleshooting Guide
  • Lab Setup Guide
  • Gather Intelligence on Vulnerabilities and Exploits Video — 00:04:15
  • Activity – Having Fun With a Modern Hashing Algorithm Video — 00:05:39
  • Secure Coding – C/C++ Lab — 00:30:00
    • This lab covers multiple secure coding errors commonly found in C and C++, including buffer overruns, strcpy(), gets(), and the system() function.

  • Activity – Validating a Password Video — 00:04:20
  • Activity – Saving Hashes for Future Use Video — 00:06:13
  • Activity – Securing the Password Hash Video — 00:05:24
  • Links and Resources File
  • Introduction Video — 00:00:54
  • Identify Security Requirements and Expectations Video — 00:14:38
  • Activity – Identifying Security Requirements and Expectations Video — 00:06:16
  • Identify Factors that Undermine Software Security Video — 00:12:04
  • Identify Factors that Undermine Software Security, Part 2 Video — 00:04:54
  • Find Vulnerabilities in Your Software Video — 00:14:58
  • Activity – Identifying Vulnerabilities in an Application Video — 00:11:09
  • Building and Breaking Passwords Video — 00:09:23
  • Activity – Adding a Security Feature to Your Code Video — 00:06:59
  • Activity – Protect Against a Poison Null Byte Video — 00:07:48
  • Activity – Hashing a Password Video — 00:04:33


Course description

In this course, you will identify requirements and cyber security standards that apply to your software development projects, and the consequences of not meeting them; identify people, process, and product factors that undermine software security; identify ways that software security may be broken to gain insights into software vulnerabilities; use information sources to find vulnerabilities and exploits affecting your software projects.

Meet the author

Chrys Thorsen is a technology and education consultant with 25 years of experience. Her work has taken her around the U.S. and overseas, including as a contractor for the CDC using technology to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

During her career, she has acquired 40 IT certifications, authored over 25 textbooks on a wide range of IT subjects, including secure iOS and Android coding, and created an equal number of IT-related video courses. When not working, Chrys enjoys reading scientific articles and experimenting with Internet-of-Things devices. She currently lives in Virginia with her sister, her cat and her dog which, as she describes it, “have the worst sibling rivalry imaginable.”

Meet the author

At Infosec, we believe knowledge is the most powerful tool in the fight against cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with a full regimen of certification and skills training. We also empower all employees with security awareness training to stay cybersecure at work and home. Driven by smart people wanting to do good, Infosec educates entire organizations on how to defend themselves from cybercrime. That’s what we do every day — equipping everyone with the latest security skills so the good guys win.

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This has been utilized to bridge the skills gap across our cyber team and to aid them as they prepare for their various certifications. It also has provided a nice learning foundation for our various cyber team members to utilize as we continue to find ways for cross-utilization with operations while minimizing the downtime needed to ensure everyone’s knowledge is the same.

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