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Secure Programming Best Practices

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  • Overview

    The primary objective of this course is to teach professional computer programmers about the common methods used by hackers to exploit vulnerabilities in computer programs, and how to program defensively to avoid introducing such vulnerabilities into their own programs.


    This is a self-paced, instructor-mentored course. Students access the course lessons through UMBC Training Centers’ Web-based Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). A textbook will be mailed to the student shortly after successful class registration. Students complete lessons independently, working at their own pace. Students may email questions to the instructor and submit programming exercises to the instructor for review and feedback.

    To complete the course, the student must complete and submit the required programming assignments within the Blackboard LMS. Students will have 90 days from the date of course registration to complete the course. It is recommended that students complete at least one Blackboard module (lesson) per week. Nothing prevents the student from working at a faster pace and completing in the course in a shorter amount of time.

  • Who Should Take This Course


    A complete list of system requirements can be found here.


    Students should have at least one year of professional computer programming experience in a structured programming language such as Java, Python, C#, or C.  Familiarity with Web and Internet technologies is recommended.  A good understanding of the concepts of modern computer operating systems, computer architecture, and computer networks is recommended.

  • Schedule
  • Course Outline
    • Introduction to Secure Coding
    • Data validation (input validation, type safe data structures)
    • Safe coding subsets (most languages have a defined set of safe and unsafe functions)
    • Deprecated functions (and why not to use them)
    • Safe library functions
    • Failsafe defaults and exception handling
    • Designing Secure Architecture
    • Cryptography
    • Buffer Overflows
    • Secure Programming Concepts
    • Windows Socket Programming
    • Writing Shellcode
    • Writing Exploits
    • Programming Port Scanners and Hacking Tools
    • Securing E-Commerce Applications
    • Software Activation, Piracy Blocking and Automatic Updates
    • Secure Application Testing
    • Writing Secure Documentation and Error Messages
  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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