CertNexus Cybersecurity Coder

Certnexus Cyber Secure Coder certification validates secure coding practices for all application & software developers on all platforms. This credential enables you to design and develop applications regardless of the programming language or platform.


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CertNexus Cybersecurity Coder Certification Course

Cyber Secure Coder, leveraging many of the OWASP Top Ten best practices, is designed to validate the knowledge and skills required to design and develop protected applications. This includes better understanding vulnerabilities that undermine security, the general strategy for dealing with security defects and misconfiguration, and how to incorporate security into all phases of development.

The stakes for software security are extremely high with over 100 billion lines of software code being produced each year and 70% of code in apps composed of open-source software and third-party libraries, and yet many development teams are forced to address software security when a vulnerability has been exposed. As with any aspect of software quality, to ensure successful implementation, security and privacy issues should be managed throughout the entire software development lifecycle.

Cyber Secure Coder certification teaches you how to employ the best security practices in software development.

Course Curriculum


This course is designed for software developers, testers, and architects who design and develop software in various programming languages and platforms, including desktop, web, cloud, and mobile, and who want to improve their ability to deliver software that is of high quality, particularly regarding security and privacy.

This course is also designed for students who are seeking the CertNexus Cyber Secure Coder (CSC) Exam CSC-210 certification.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will employ best practices in software development to develop secure software.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the need for security in your software projects.
  • Eliminate vulnerabilities within software.
  • Use a Security by Design approach to design a secure architecture for your software.
  • Implement common protections to protect users and data.
  • Apply various testing methods to find and correct security defects in your software.
  • Maintain deployed software to ensure ongoing security.

Eligibility Criteria

This course presents secure programming concepts that apply to many different types of software development projects. Although this course uses Python®, HTML, and JavaScript® to demonstrate various programming concepts, you do not need to have experience in these languages to benefit from this course.

However, you should have some programming experience, whether it be developing desktop, mobile, web, or cloud applications. Logical Operations provides a variety of courses covering software development that you might use to prepare for this course, such as:

  • Python® Programming: Introduction
  • Python® Programming: Advanced
  • HTML5: Content Authoring with New and Advanced Features
  • SQL Querying: Fundamentals (Second Edition)

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  • Instructor-led Online Training
  • Experienced Subject Matter Experts
  • Training Material Available
  • 24*7 learner assistance and support


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  • Blended Learning Delivery Model (Self-Paced E-Learning And/Or Instructor-Led Options)
  • Course, Category, And All-Access Pricing
  • Enterprise-Class Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Enhanced Reporting For Individuals And Teams
  • 24x7 Teaching Assistance And Support 

Course Outline

Topic A: Identify Security Requirements and Expectations

  • Security Throughout the Development Process
  • Business Requirements
  • Standards and Compliance Requirements
  • User Impact
  • User Expectations
  • Platform Requirements
  • Consequences of Not Meeting Security Requirements
  • Guidelines for Identifying Security Requirements and Expectations
  • Identifying Security Requirements and Expectations

Topic B: Identify Factors That Undermine Software Security

  • Three Ps of Software Security
  • Software Security Terminology
  • Identifying Factors That Undermine Security

Topic C: Find Vulnerabilities in Your Software

  • Builders and Breakers
  • Hacking
  • Phases of an Attack
  • Common Attack Patterns
  • Case Study: Protecting Against a Password Attack
  • Guidelines for Identifying Software Security Vulnerabilities
  • Identifying Vulnerabilities in an Application
  • Cracking a Password Hash
  • Fixing a Password Hash Vulnerability

Topic D: Gather Intelligence on Vulnerabilities and Exploits

  • Vulnerability Intelligence
  • Exploits
  • Guidelines for Researching Vulnerabilities and Exploits
  • Identifying Sources for Vulnerability Intelligence

Topic A: Handle Vulnerabilities Due to Software Defects and Misconfiguration

  • Software Defects
  • Causes of Software Defects
  • Guidelines for Preventing Security Defects
  • Preventing Security Defects
  • Problems in Third-Party Code
  • Problems in Standard Libraries
  • Dependencies
  • Encryption Validation
  • Security of Host Systems and Service Providers
  • Guidelines for Using Third-Party Code and Services
  • Host Platform Configuration
  • Hypervisor Vulnerabilities
  • Guidelines for Managing Vulnerabilities in External Hosts and Services
  • Identifying Vulnerabilities in a Software Project
  • Examining the Project Files
  • Error Messaging
  • Error Handling
  • Fail-Safe
  • Failure Recovery
  • Guidelines for Secure Error Handling
  • Identifying Software Defects and Misconfiguration

Topic B: Handle Vulnerabilities Due to Human Factors

  • The Human Element in Software Security
  • Vulnerabilities Attributed to the Human Element
  • Social Engineering Attacks
  • User Input
  • Input Validation
  • Security Policy Enforcement
  • Guidelines for Managing People Risks
  • Managing People Risks

Topic C: Handle Vulnerabilities Due to Process Shortcomings

  • Development Process Approaches
  • Building Security In
  • The CIA Triad
  • Requirements Phase
  • Design Phase
  • Development Phase
  • Testing Phase
  • Security Testing Tools
  • Deployment Phase
  • Maintenance Phase
  • Development Process Security
  • Guidelines for Software Development Processes
  • Managing Software Development Process Risks

Topic A: Apply General Principles for Secure Design

  • Security in the Design Phase
  • Security by Obscurity vs. Security by Design
  • OWASP Security Design Principles
  • Minimize Attack Surface Area
  • Establish Secure Defaults
  • Least Privilege
  • Least Common Mechanism
  • Defense in Depth
  • Fail Securely
  • Don't Trust Services
  • Separation of Duties
  • Security by Obscurity
  • Keep Security Simple
  • Fix Security Issues Correctly
  • Software Design Patterns
  • Security Patterns
  • Modular Design
  • Benefits of Modular Design
  • The Balance Between Defense in Depth and Simplicity
  • Guidelines for Avoiding Common Design Mistakes
  • Avoiding Common Security Design Flaws

Topic B: Design Software to Counter Specific Threats

  • The Risk Equation
  • Threat Modeling
  • Benefits of Threat Modeling
  • Step 1: Define General Security Objectives and Scope
  • Tooling and Documentation
  • Assets
  • Step 2: Decompose the Software
  • Trust Levels
  • Entry and Exit Points
  • External Dependencies
  • Data Flow Diagrams
  • Diagramming Symbols
  • Diagramming the Catalog Application
  • Step 3: Identify and Rank Threats
  • Misuse Cases
  • Security Zones
  • Strategies for Ranking Threats
  • Risk Response Strategies
  • Severity
  • Risks Outside Your Control
  • Guidelines for Identifying and Ranking Threats
  • Step 4: Counter Each Threat
  • Countermeasures
  • Identifying Threats and Countermeasures

Topic A: Follow Best Practices for Secure Coding

  • Development Documentation and Deliverables
  • Application and Data Integrity
  • Common General Programming Errors
  • Insecure Deserialization
  • Guidelines for Secure Coding
  • Researching Your Secure Coding Checklist
  • Buffer Overrun Defects
  • Buffer Overflows
  • Guidelines to Prevent Buffer Overflow Defects
  • Buffer Overreads
  • Guidelines to Prevent Buffer Overread Defects
  • Integer Overflows
  • Guidelines to Prevent Integer Overflow Defects
  • Uncontrolled Format Strings
  • Insecure Output Encoding
  • XXE Attacks
  • Guidelines to Prevent Uncontrolled Format String Defects
  • Race Condition
  • Impact of Race Conditions on Threading/Multiprocessing
  • Guidelines to Prevent Race Condition Defects
  • Performing a Memory-Based Attack

Topic B: Prevent Platform Vulnerabilities

  • OWASP Top Ten Platform Vulnerabilities
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Broken Authentication
  • Guidelines to Prevent Web Vulnerability Defects
  • Guidelines to Prevent Mobile App Vulnerability Defects
  • Guidelines to Prevent Internet of Things Vulnerability Defects
  • Desktop Application Vulnerabilities
  • DLL Injection
  • Shellcode Injection
  • Debugger Security
  • Differences Among Desktop Platforms
  • Managed vs. Unmanaged
  • Desktop Application Attack Vectors
  • Development Tool and Project Configuration
  • Guidelines to Prevent Desktop Application Vulnerabilities
  • Finding Common Web Vulnerabilities

Topic C: Prevent Privacy Vulnerabilities

  • Privacy Vulnerability Defects
  • Privacy by Design
  • Data Anonymization
  • Guidelines to Prevent Privacy Vulnerability Defects
  • Handling Privacy Defects

Topic A: Limit Access Using Login and User Roles

  • Web Sessions
  • Secure Session Management
  • Methods for Passing Session IDs
  • Access Control
  • Guidelines for Secure Session Management
  • User Provisioning
  • Password Recovery
  • Account Lockouts
  • Guidelines for Secure Password Management
  • Handling Authentication and Authorization Defects

Topic B: Protect Data in Transit and At Rest

  • Encryption
  • Uses for Encryption
  • Cryptographic Lifecycle
  • Symmetric Encryption
  • Asymmetric Encryption
  • Hashing
  • Digital Signatures
  • Digital Signature Non-repudiation
  • Digital Certificates
  • PKI
  • PKI Components
  • The PKI Process
  • Key Management
  • Key Management Factors
  • Certificate Revocation
  • Guidelines for Protecting Data in Transit and at Rest
  • Protecting Data in Transit and at Rest

Topic C: Implement Error Handling and Logging

  • Error Handling
  • Uses for Error Handling
  • Error Messaging
  • Logging
  • Guidelines for Implementing Error Handling and Logging
  • Reviewing Error Handling
  • Improving Error Handling

Topic D: Protect Sensitive Data and Functions

  • Sensitive Data
  • Output Restrictions
  • Function Level Access Control
  • Case Study: Cross-Site Scripting Defect
  • Guidelines for Protecting Sensitive Data and Functions
  • Protecting Sensitive Data and Functions
  • Staging a Persisted XSS Attack on an Administrator Function

Topic A: Perform Security Testing

  • The Role of Testing
  • Phases of Software Testing
  • Development Testing
  • Unit Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • Documentation and Deliverables for Testing
  • Manual Inspection and Code Review
  • Code Review Strategies
  • Guidelines for Security Testing
  • Performing Manual Inspection and Review

Topic B: Analyze Code to find Security Problems

  • Static Code Analysis
  • Strategies for Using Static Analysis
  • Dynamic Code Analysis
  • Guidelines for Code Analysis
  • Performing Code Analysis

Topic C: Use Automated Testing Tools to Find Security Problems

  • Automated Testing
  • Unit Testing
  • Guidelines for Using Automated Testing Tools
  • Using a Test Suite to Automate Unit Testing

Topic A: Monitor and Log Applications to Support Security

  • Emerging Security Problems
  • Situational Awareness
  • Security Monitoring
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • Monitor Placement
  • Logging
  • Guidelines for Monitoring and Logging a Deployed Application
  • Monitoring and Logging a Deployed Application

Topic B: Maintain Security after Deployment

  • Maintenance
  • Patches and Updates
  • Uninstallation and Deprovisioning
  • Guidelines for Maintaining Security of Deployed Software
  • Maintaining Security After Deployment

Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to Cyber Secure Coder (Exam CSC-210)

Course Reviews


Vinsys has the right trainers and provides an optimum learning environment to enhance learning. The entire team is highly focused on delivering training to its candidates in a precise manner with ample amount of subject discussion, interaction, and practical skill development. The CertNexus Cybersecurity coder training is full of insightful learnings about potential cybersecurity risks.

This course is independent of development platform or programming language. Thus, knowledge gained in this training will definitely prove helpful in any domain. Moreover, with software security being at the peak of business requirements, the demand for qualified professionals is on the rise. CertNexus’ Cyber Secure Coder course will enhance your profile and increase employability prospects.

You will need to have some programming experience such as developing web, mobile, desktop, or cloud applications.

The Cybersecurity coder certificate is offered by CertNexus.

The CertNexus Cybersecurity coder certificate is valid for 3 years.

The Cyber Secure Coder exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design and develop a variety of applications for various platforms, analyze security concerns outside of specific languages and platforms, use a number of testing and analysis tools, and mitigate against common threats to data and systems.


Exam Code: CSC-210

Format: Multiple choice/ Multiple response

Duration: 120 minutes (including 5 minutes for Candidate Agreement and 5 minutes for Pearson VUE tutorial)

No. of questions: 80

Passing score: 70%