Learning Path

How to do application security right

Learn about hacking your own system to discover vulnerabilities.

What you will learn

Whether you are a technology leader, software developer or security professional, you may be struggling with some (or all) of the same ten problems that anyone trying to secure software systems struggles with. However, the conventional solutions to those common problems tend to be completely backwards. This path identifies the common misconceptions about application security and replaces those misconceptions with what to do instead. The stories, strategies and tactics you’ll learn in this course are all based on decades of ethical hacking and security research. And you’ll learn the ultimate payoff: how to convert your security investment into a competitive advantage that helps you earn more sales, faster.

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Why take this course?

Course — 00:13:45

Teaches you why you would want to invest the time and effort to learn the insights you’ll glean from this learning path.

Start with the right mindset and the right partner

Course — 01:00:02

This course helps you get into the right mindset and discover what makes a good security partner.

Choose the right assessment methodology

Course — 00:29:05

In this course, you’ll explore the different assessment methodologies and discover the right one for your organization.

Get the right security testing

Course — 00:59:39

Most organizations ask for penetration testing, yet are sold vulnerability scanning. You’ll learn how to differentiate these terms and figure out what best supports your security testing goals.

Hack your system

Course — 00:36:21

Explore what you need to know to hack your system and uncover its vulnerabilities.

Fix your vulnerabilities

Course — 00:31:01

Learn to distinguish the two classes of vulnerabilities, the two types of remediations and the three-phase process of implementing them.

Hack it again

Course — 00:32:17

Things change rapidly and security is never done. Learn why to reassess systems for security vulnerabilities, the best cadence to do so and the business outcomes that are obtained if it’s done right.

Spend wisely

Course — 00:46:07

In this course, you’ll explore how to make the best use of your security budget and balance costs of time, effort and money.

Establish your threat model

Course — 00:43:10

In this course, you’ll get to grips with the three main components of thread modeling and how to establish one.

Build security in

Course — 00:30:11

What does it take to build security into your system? Explore financial concerns, effectiveness and impacts to morale.

Use security to win sales

Course — 01:28:19

This course teaches you why security delivers a competitive advantage and outlines actionable tactics for converting your security investment into business value.

Information Security Management Processes skill assessment

Assessment — 96 questions — 00:48:00

Meet the author

Ted Harrington is the #1 bestselling author of “Hackable”, which led to his TED talk “Why You Need To Think Like a Hacker.” He’s the Executive Partner at ISE, the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, and web apps; he also co-founded START, software which simplifies vendor risk management. His clients include Google, Amazon, and Netflix, and he has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes. His team founded IoT Village, an event series whose hacking contest is a four-time DEF CON Black Badge winner, and he hosts the Tech Done Different podcast.

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.

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