Learning Path

CertNexus Cyber Secure Coder

Learn software development best practices to write secure code.

What you will learn

You will identify the need for security in your software projects, eliminate vulnerabilities within software, use a Security by Design approach to design a secure architecture for your software, implement common protections to protect users and data, apply various testing methods to find and correct security defects in your software, and maintain deployed software to ensure ongoing security. Finally, you will put concepts into practice with numerous hands-on activities examining files and code, using both developer and penetration tester techniques to discover and correct vulnerabilities.

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Identifying the Need for Security in Your Software Projects

Course — 03:09:27

K0001, K0003, K0005, K0006, K0028, K0044, K0068, K0080, K0082, K0084, K0105, K0139, K0178, K0261, K0624

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

Handling Vulnerabilities

Course — 02:18:55

K0004, K0044, K0079, K0081, K0084, K0178, S0367

Before you focus on specific vulnerabilities and tactics for dealing with them, there are some general strategies that you can employ to prevent vulnerabilities from creeping into your software.

Designing for Security

Course — 01:33:57

K0005, K0006, K0178, K0624

The process you use to design your software should reflect what is important to you, your customers, and other project stakeholders.

Testing Software Security

Course — 01:01:48

K0153, K0178, S0135, S0174

As you design and create products throughout the entire software development lifecycle, you will need to test them to ensure they will lead to a high quality finished software product that is secure and will protect the privacy of users.

Secure Coding Cyber Range

Cyber Range — 02:30:00

This cyber range is a collection of labs, each covering a different language, selected from the largest and fastest-growing languages. Each lab focuses on language-specific security concerns.

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.”

The details

Learning path insights

How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

Associated NICE Work Roles

All Infosec training maps directly to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to guide you from beginner to expert across 52 Work Roles.

  • All-Source Analyst
  • Mission Assessment Specialist
  • Exploitation Analyst

No software. No set up. Unlimited access.

Skip the server racks and spin up a realistic environment with one click. Infosec Skills cyber ranges require no additional software, hardware or server space so your team can spend less time configuring environments and more time learning. Unlimited cyber range access is included in every lnfosec Skills subscription so your team can skill up however they learn best.

Plans & pricing

  • Infosec Skills Personal

    $299 / year

    • 190+ role-guided learning paths (e.g., Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, Security+)
    • Skill assessments
    • Infosec peer community support
  • Infosec Skills Teams

    $799 per license / year

    • Team administration and reporting
    • Dedicated client success manager
    • Single sign-on (SSO)
      Easily authenticate and manage your learners by connecting to any identity provider that supports the SAML 2.0 standard.
    • Integrations via API
      Retrieve training performance and engagement metrics and integrate learner data into your existing LMS or HRS.
    • 190+ role-guided learning paths and assessments (e.g., Incident Response)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
    • Create and assign custom learning paths
    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, CISA)
    • Optional upgrade: Guarantee team certification with live boot camps

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