Protecting Software and System Integrity

You have gained a solid foundation for implementing the most common security controls in iOS app development. You can now finish up your skill set by learning how to maintain application and device integrity.

13 videos  //  110 minutes of training

Course description

No study of secure application development would be complete without also understanding how to monitor your code and the platform it runs on. In this final course, you will consider the risks of integrating code you did not write into your app. You will learn how to handle and log errors generated within your app. You will also learn about the many types of tests your app should go through before it is released to users. You will see the risks of running your app on a jailbroken device, and how your app can detect if it has been installed on such a device. You will also learn where to go to continue your security education, and finish up with a review of key points from this path.

Course syllabus

Understanding Risks Associated With External CodeDuration: 7:07

In this segment, we discuss the realities, pros and the cons of using third-party code in our app.

Activity: Working With External CodeDuration: 6:45

In this activity, we make a call to a third-party function in Swift.

Error Handling and iOSDuration: 11:08

In this segment, we examine error handling in Swift, including using the throws keywork, do … catch and try.

Activity: Handling ErroraDuration: 14:32

In this activity, we incorporate error handling in Swift, learning how to manage unexpected conditions in our code.

LoggingDuration: 6:52

In this segment, we learn about basic logging in Swift.

Logging, Part 2Duration: 6:32

In this segment, we learn how to use NSLog in Swift to log errors.

Logging, Part 3Duration: 8:21

In this segment, we learn about Apple's new Unified Logging System and how to implement it in Swift.

Testing TypesDuration: 14:43

In this segment, we learn about the various testing types and when to use each one as you develop your app.

Jailbreak DetectionDuration: 12:53

In this segment, we learn various ways to detect if your app is installed on a jailbroken device.

Activity: Detecting a Jailbroken DeviceDuration: 3:57

In this activity, we use our app to test if the device is jailbroken.

New Vulnerability ResearchDuration: 7:06

In this segment, we see how to continue our vulnerability research online.

Secure iOS Coding RoundupDuration: 9:27

In this segment, we review the key points of all that we have learned in this path.

Secure Coding in iOS ConclusionDuration: 0:32

In this segment, we wrap up and say farewell.

Meet the author

Chrys Thorsen


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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