A fundamental component of applications is the ability to create and manage user accounts. Every day we see a barrage of attacks against poorly implemented account management facilities. These range from brute force attacks, to the cracking of breached passwords. Weaknesses in account management facilities are often due to developers not thinking from a hacker's mindset. This course demonstrates how attackers think in order to educate defenders. There are numerous high-profile precedents including the celebrity iCloud photo hack, GitHub account attacks and Dropbox credential disclosure. This course regularly refers to real world examples as a means of illustrating risks and the effectiveness of security controls.
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The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.