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Secure Software Development: Verification and More Specialized Topics

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7 weeks
199 USD
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7 weeks
199 USD
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Course description

Secure Software Development: Verification and More Specialized Topics

Modern software is under constant attack, but many software developers have never been told how to effectively counter those attacks. This course works to solve that problem, by explaining the fundamentals of developing secure software. Geared towards software developers, DevOps professionals, software engineers, web application developers, and others interested in learning how to develop secure software, this course focuses on practical steps that can be taken, even with limited resources to improve information security. This course will enable software developers to create and maintain systems that are much harder to successfully attack, reduce the damage when attacks are successful, and speed the response so that any latent vulnerabilities can be rapidly repaired.

This course discusses how to verify software for security. In particular, it discusses the various static and dynamic analyses approaches, as well as how to apply them (e.g., in a continuous integration pipeline). It also discusses more specialized topics, such as the basics of how to develop a threat model and how to apply various cryptographic capabilities.

This is the third of the three courses in the Secure Software Development Fundamentals Professional Certificate program, and was developed by the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), a project of the Linux Foundation focused on securing the open source ecosystem. The training courses included in this program focus on practical steps that you (as a developer) can take to counter most common kinds of attacks.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


We presume that the student already knows how to develop software to some degree.

Training content

  • Welcome!
  • Chapter 1. Verification (basics of verification; static analysis; software component analysis - SCA/dependency analysis; dynamic analysis; other verification topics - combining verification approaches)
  • Chapter 2. Threat Modeling
  • Chapter 3. Cryptography (symmetric/shared key encryption; cryptographic hashes (digital fingerprints); public-key (asymmetric) cryptography; cryptographic pseudo-random number generator (PRNG); storing passwords; transport layer security (TLS); other topics in cryptography)
  • Chapter 4. Other Topics (vulnerability disclosures; assurance cases; distributing, fielding/deploying, operations and disposal; formal methods; top vulnerability lists)
  • Final Exam (Verified Certificate track only)

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The Linux Foundation, a partner institute of EdX.

1-2 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Security Verification: How to examine software, include some key tool types, and how to apply them in continuous integration (CI). This includes learning about security code scanners/static application security testing (SAST) tools, software component analysis (SCA)/dependency analysis tools, fuzzers, and web application scanners.
  • Threat modeling/Attack modeling: How to consider your system from an attacker’s point of view and how to apply a simple design analysis approach called STRIDE.
  • Fielding: How to deploy and operate secure software, handle vulnerability reports, and how to rapidly update when reused components have publicly-known vulnerabilities.
  • Assurance cases & formal methods: The basics of approaches to more strongly analyze and justify that your software is secure.

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