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OWASP AppSec DC 2012/Training/WebAppSec: Developing Secure Web Applications

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Course Length: 1 Day

Web applications continue to be the frontier of wide-spread security breaches. This tutorial will guide through development practices to ensure the security and integrity of web applications, in turn protecting user data and the infrastructure the application runs on. Several attack types and risks will be reviewed (including OWASP?s Top 10), along with how the proper development practices can mitigate their damage. Although examples covered are PHP-based, much of the content is also applicable to other languages.

This tutorial was sold out at AppSec USA 2011 - register early!

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Student Requirements



Audience: Technical, Operations, Enthusiast
Skill Level: Intermediate

Attendees will gain the knowledge required to develop secure web applications, along with an understanding of various attack types against web apps and how they are mitigated by the proper coding techniques. The main learning objectives are:
1. Developing the skills for securely coding web applications
2. Reviewing existing web vulnerabilities and their impact
3. Understanding how the proper development techniques mitigates known and some unknown web vulnerabilities

Attendees will also be provided with references for additional information on vulnerabilities, testing tools, etc.

Feedback from Prior WebAppSec Attendees

"Great coverage for a complicated and broad ranged subject matter. Just the right mix of generalization and technical coverage for developers and management"
"The information was very useful and current. I've learned things that I can immediately implement in my code."
"Presented in a very structured format. Instructor knew his stuff. Good presentations."
"The slides were excellent - full of good code examples and explanations"
"Very knowledgeable! Covered a lot of topics in a limited amount of time"
"The presenter was excellent. He didn't present an overload of information. The day went very quickly and I am leaving with a lot of valuable information"
"Material that was presented was presented and covered well. Instructor is very knowledgeable"
"Handouts & presentation well organized & coordinated"


Robert H'obbes' Zakon is a technology consultant and developer who has been programming web applications since the Web's infancy. In addition to developing web applications for web sites receiving millions of daily hits, he works with organizations in an interim CTO capacity, and advises corporations, non-profits and government agencies on technology, information, and security architecture and infrastructure. Robert is a former Principal Engineer with MITRE's Information Security Center, CTO of an Internet consumer portal and application service provider, and Director of a university research lab. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and holds BS & MS degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Computer Engineering & Science with concentrations in Philosophy and Psychology. His interests are diverse and can be explored at[1] where his vitae is available.

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