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Web application security for absolute beginners! (no coding)

OWASP top 10 common cyber security attacks! Stop hackers, manage web application security and apply security principles!

  • 1

    OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks

    • Lecture 1: Introduction OWASP top 10 (2017)

    • Lecture 2: Updated OWASP 10! (2021)

    • Lecture 3: Injection

    • Quiz 1: Injection

    • Lecture 4: Broken Authentication and Session Management

    • Quiz 2: Broken Authentication and session management

    • Lecture 5: Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

    • Quiz 3: Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

    • Lecture 6: Broken Access Control

    • Quiz 4: Broken Access Control -Quiz

    • Lecture 7: Security Misconfiguration

    • Quiz 5: Security Misconfiguration - Quiz

    • Lecture 8: Sensitive data exposure

    • Quiz 6: Sensitive data exposure

    • Lecture 9: Insufficient Attack Protection

    • Quiz 7: Insufficient Attack protection

    • Lecture 10: Cross-Site Request Forgery

    • Quiz 8: Cross-Site Request Forgery

    • Lecture 11: Using components with known vulnerabilities

    • Quiz 9: Using components with known vulnerabilities

    • Lecture 12: Unprotected APIs

    • Quiz 10: Unprotected APIs

  • 2

    Finalised top 10 in 2017

    • Lecture 13: XML external entities - OWASP A4:2017

    • Quiz 11: XML external entities (new)

    • Lecture 14: Insecure deserialization - OWASP A8:2017

    • Quiz 12: Insecure deserialization

    • Lecture 15: Insufficient logging and monitoring - OWASP A10:2017

    • Quiz 13: Insufficient Logging and Monitoring

  • 3

    New in 2021

    • Lecture 16: Cryptographic Failures - OWASP A02:2021

    • Quiz 14: Cryptographic Failures

    • Lecture 17: Insecure Design - OWASP A04:2021

    • Quiz 15: Insecure Design

    • Lecture 18: Software and Data Integrity Failures - OWASP A08:2021

    • Quiz 16: Software and data Integrity Failures

    • Lecture 19: Server-Side Request Forgery - OWASP A10:2021

    • Quiz 17: Server-side Request Forgery

  • 4


  • 5

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    • Lecture 23: How can you test whether your website uses the latest security protocols

    • Lecture 24: Where can I (legally) test my hacking skills for free

    • Lecture 25: What are insecure Direct Object References

Description of the Course  

Within 1,5 hour you will understand web application security without having to code.
This course has PDF files and Videos Lectures in MP4 and Quizzes.
This course will jumpstart your security career

I will teach you the 10 most common threats identified by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). At the end of the course you will learn:

1) what the OWASP top 10 threats and are,
2) the impact per security threat for your business
3) how these security threats can be executed by attackers / pentesters / hackers
4) how these security threats can be mitigated 

You will able to understand the above-mentioned points without having to understand code...
For your convenience I've combined the OWASP 2017 and OWASP 2013 top 10 list into a single list of 10 common web application security threats.

How is that possible?
The threats are explained conceptually, since the implementation of a threat may differ per situation. Therefore, having a general understanding of the security threats, its implications and potential solutions will provide you with the essential knowledge to mitigate the impact of these web application security threats. Hence, no security coding or security testing experience needed.

BONUS Material:
- Defense in depth. This is one of the basic security principles.
- Basic explanation of STRIDE (spoofing, tampering, repudiation, information disclosure, denial of service, elevation of privilege). I've also added privacy by design resources in this course. This means both security by design and privacy by design!
- Overview of a secure software development process. Build security into you delivery process
- Frequently asked questions. Ask a security question and I'll answer it with a video.

Why include bonus material, is the main course not exciting enough?
Again, excellent question! Getting security right goes well beyond web application security. With the bonus material, I would like to inform you about the complementary measures that should be taken into account.

I’m fully convinced of the benefits, but I don’t see why I should learn all this from you.
True, let me explain by giving you an overview of my experience:
- Chief Information Security Officer (present). Managing Security, Privacy and Quality professionals. Responsible for implementing and maintaining a well balanced organisational risk posture;
- Security and privacy operations manager (2 years). Acting as a security liaison on strategic accounts, I monitor the security of 2500+ workstations, 500+ servers and 10+ firewalls and routers, report on the operational security status of European and Dutch law and integrate intelligence results from AVDS, Check Point, Nagios, Nessus, Palo Alto Traps,SCCM, SCEP, SEP, SCOM and SIEM;
- Parttime PhD Candidate (7 years - present). I read the science, you'll get the knowledge! What more do you want?
- Software quality consultant (6,5 years). I've advised many managers of large / small IT projects on various software related aspects;
- IT auditor (1 year). I have closely worked with accountants and audited large governmental IT projects;
- Quality assurance engineer (3 years). I have implemented large IT systems for large companies.

You can find more details on LinkedIn on or my profile.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!


Who this course is for:

  • (Project) managers that lead software projects
  • Recruiters hiring software engineers
  • Software engineers
  • Anyone interested in the basics of web application security, explained in layman’s terms


  • So, after following this course am I able to develop code-based solutions for the top 10 threats?

    No. This course will teach you the basic concepts behind the 10 most common web application security threats so that you can critically question and discuss these security issues with software/operational engineers.

  • Uhm, after following this course I'm a full-fledged security expert, right?

    Depends on the knowledge of the person that is judging your expertise. Most likely this won't be the case.

  • What!?! Why should I enroll?

    Only enroll when you are new to secure coding, secure web development and want a complete beginners’ perspective on web application security. This course is specifically developed for: - (Project) managers that lead software projects, but have no clue how software engineers could mitigate potential security issues - Recruiters hiring software engineers - Software engineers that want to refresh their knowledge on web application security and secure coding principles - Beginning red team, blue team, yellow and purple team members, hackers, or penetration testers - Anyone interested in the basics of web application security or OWASP top 10 explained in layman’s terms

  • Ok, but there is already a lot of information on OWASP available on the web. So, what’s in it for me?

    I thought you would never ask! This course differentiate itself from existing available information because: - Existing OWASP documentation is technical and therefore difficult to comprehend (I'll include some examples of technical documents as a resources that you may download). - Unlike most other courses, you may actually claim 1 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) after finishing this course completely - I'll update this course with new videos on request or as significant security issues surface that have important implications for managers. Thus, over time this course may become your one-stop security education! - I've included lots of documents that explain detailed mitigation strategies. Please note that these documents contain code and are therefore more suited for people that are implementing or testing security fixes. - I've included lots of links to websites that provide comprehensive background information. - That's not it, there is more...

  • Can you get Access immediately after buying?

    Yes, You will get Access immediately after buying this course.

  • How this Course will be delivered?

    This Course Link will be delivered to your email. By Clicking that link, you will be redirected to the course player to watch the course.