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Building and Breaking: Web Applications

Our "Building and Breaking" series is ideal for those looking to break into cyber security as a career or develop their security testing skills.

So whether you're a software developer looking to build more secure applications, or wanting to become a penetration tester in the future - this course will help you build the key skills needed for your role.

Course Overview

This course covers the methodology for performing effective security testing, an overview of common vulnerabilities and defensive mechanisms, and hands-on labs to let you test your understanding and experiment with common real-world vulnerabilities.

On the day, we'll start with the OWASP Top 10 and cover key vulnerabilities such as Injection and Cross-site Scripting, before moving on to more complex issues such as filter evasion and business logic issues.

The Methodology

There's more to effective security testing and secure system development than just knowing about vulnerabilities and their exploitation - we also cover the stages of a penetration test to ensure that your approach to security testing achieves good coverage:

  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Application Mapping
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Exploitation and Filter Evasion
  • Proof-of-Concept Development
  • Privilege Escalation

Hands-on Labs

Our bespoke hands-on labs cover common vulnerabilities with a range of difficulties and filters, allowing you to ensure that you've understood the fundamentals of a vulnerability before moving on to more challenging examples. We have a range of labs, such as:

  • SQL Injection
  • Command Injection
  • XML External Entity (XXE) Injection
  • Cross-site Scripting (XSS)
  • DOM-based Cross-site Scripting
  • Path Traversal
  • File Upload and Web Shells


Whilst it's often the least talked about part of security testing - remediation is of course the most important. It doesn't matter how many vulnerabilities you find if you can't quickly and effectively explain to the team how they can fix them. For each vulnerability discussed we will discuss a specific remediation, as well as giving examples of hardening options throughout to make applications more resilient to attacks in general.

Report Writing

Whatever the reason you're hutting security bugs is, you'll very likely need to share the findings of your hunting with other people. Therefore we'll also cover effective report writing techniques. Covering how to write reports efficiently so you can spend more time hacking, as well as how to ensure that your report includes the right amount of technical detail within the description, steps to recreate, and remediation sections.

Optional: Recruitment Guide

For those looking specifically to break into a penetration testing role, we also include content based around common recruitment techniques and technical assessments used by penetration testing companies to ensure that you're in the best position to secure your first role.

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