Learning Path

Writing Secure Code for Android

Learn to incorporate security in Android application development for mobile devices.

What you will learn

Explore the art of incorporating security into Android app development. You will learn the pros and cons of Kotlin, JetBrains’ new open-source programming language which Google adopted for Android. Each course explores a major Android security category: you will work with many examples, directly seeing the impact of missing or poor security in the code. You will work with Android Studio and Kotlin online playgrounds to implement security in your code, testing the security mechanism for effectiveness and functionality. You will also learn where to conduct mobile app and Android-specific vulnerability research online to continue improving your craft.

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Introduction to secure coding in Android

Course — 03:06:44

K0014, K0016, K0068, K0372, K0624, S0060, S0257, S0266

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

Input validation

Course — 08:11:17

K0014, K0016, K0068, K0140, K0236, K0372, K0624, S0019, S0060, S0257, S0266

Now that you understand the need for mobile app security, you should learn how to implement the most fundamental security mechanism of all: input validation.

Memory corruption

Course — 00:46:24

K0014, K0068, K0070, K0114, K0140, K0236, K0372, K0624, S0019, S0060, S0257, S0266

You have learned the many ways to sanitize input in your app. It’s time to turn your attention to mitigating another major application security risk: memory corruption.

Encryption in Android

Course — 02:31:38

K0014, K0016, K0018, K0019, K0068, K0140, K0190, K0236, K0308, K0372, K0427, S0019, S0060, S0257, S0266

You know about the most pressing security risks your app faces and how to address those risks. You can now learn how to use the one control that protects data better than any other: encryption.

Protecting data

Course — 05:12:58

K0005, K0014, K0016, K0068, K0070, K0095, K0140, K0168, K0224, K0236, K0372, K0419, K0624, S0019, S0060, S0257, S0266

Now that you have a good understanding of encryption, you can build on that foundation by learning additional ways to protect user data.

Access control in Android

Course — 03:12:58

K0005, K0007, K0014, K0016, K0033, K0056, K0068, K0070, K0095, K0372, K0488, S0007, S0019, S0031, S0060, S0097, S0257, S0266

You have learned many ways to protect data. You can now expand your security efforts by controlling access to the device and the app.

Protecting software and system integrity

Course — 02:32:07

K0005, K0007, K0014, K0016, K0044, K0068, K0091, K0152, K0211, K0229, K0372, S0006, S0007, S0034, S0060, S0076, S0149, S0257, S0266, S0367

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

Writing Secure Code for Android

Assessment — 44 questions — 00:22:00

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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