Introduction to Secure Coding

Start your learning by understanding why secure coding is essential in mobile app development.


  • iOS security overview Video — 00:13:36
    • In this segment, we examine the security features, both hardware and software, that Apple built into its iOS platform.

  • Activity: OWASP Top 10 Mobile Vulnerabilities, part 2 Video — 00:15:26
    • We continue our activity of examining OWASP’s top ten mobile app vulnerabilities.

  • The need for secure coding Video — 00:10:52
    • In this segment, we discuss why writing secure code is so crucial to mobile app development.

  • Lab guide
  • Welcome to secure coding in iOS Video — 00:01:54
    • Welcome to this learning path!

  • Swift secure app development overview, part 2 Video — 00:08:09
    • In this segment, we continue to explore Swift’s security features, common developer mistakes and common attacks against Swift.

  • iOS security overview, part 2 Video — 00:07:27
    • In this segment, we explore common vulnerabilities specific to iOS and general recommendations to mitigate those vulnerabilities.

  • Activity: OWASP Top 10 Mobile Vulnerabilities, part 3 Video — 00:14:43
    • We finish our exploration of the OWASP top ten mobile app vulnerabilities.

  • Activity: OWASP Top 10 Mobile Vulnerabilities Video — 00:10:17
    • In this activity, we visit the OWASP website to see what they have to say about the top ten mobile app vulnerabilities, including iOS-specific issues.

  • Lab files
  • iOS general development best practices Video — 00:01:55
    • In this segment, we preview a checklist of iOS development best practices.

  • Swift secure app development overview Video — 00:14:00
    • In this segment, we explore the specific security features that the Swift programming language brings to iOS app development.


Course description

Before you begin to write code, you need to understand why security is so essential in today’s modern mobile app. In this course, you will learn about the most common security mistakes developers make when creating apps. You will learn which mobile app vulnerabilities are considered the most dangerous, and what can be done to defend against those dangers. You will explore iOS security architecture, and learn what controls Apple implements at the hardware and software level to protect its platforms. You will also be introduced to Swift, Apple’s new programming language. You will be introduced to the new security features Swift brings to iOS development. You will then wind up this course with an overview of iOS development security best practices.

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.”

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