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Authentication for APIs

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This free project is part of the liveProject series Authentication, Authorization, and Audit Management for APIs
prerequisites
basics of Java, Spring, and debugging
skills learned
understanding an API specified in Open API Specification 3.0 • setting up an environment to implement an API • adding basic HTTP authentication
Sashank Dara
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · BEGINNER
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In this liveProject, you’ll implement username-based HTTP authentication for your API in order to securely store passwords in your database. You’ll develop user signup functionality to ensure only registered users can leverage the REST API, build a user login for authenticating users as they access your REST API, and test its functionality using Postman.

This liveProject was implemented by Natan Streppel.

project author

Sashank Dara
Sashank Dara, PhD, is a seasoned cybersecurity technologist and expert. He has over 17 years of extensive experience in cybersecurity R&D. He got his PhD in cybersecurity from IIIT-Bangalore in the area of applied cryptography and threat intelligence. He is co-inventor of five U.S. patents (and 3 IETF drafts) in the areas of cloud, SDN, and NFV security. He is a trusted information security consultant and adviser for top companies in EdTech, IT/ITes, academia, and real estate. Dara has published more than a dozen research papers at IEEE, LNCS conferences in the areas of cloud security, privacy, cryptography, and threat intelligence. He is a prolific speaker at security conferences and invited talks. He was a consultant advisor with Manipal Global Education Services for its cybersecurity programs. He was security technology and strategy advisor for security startups including Appknox, Haltdos, and SecurityJourney.com. Dara is currently the CTO and co-founder of Seconize, an award-winning cybersecurity startup pioneering a cyber risk and compliance management SaaS product suite.

prerequisites

The liveProject is for Java programmers familiar with the basics of REST APIs. To begin this project you will need to be familiar with:

TOOLS
  • Basics of Java 11 (classes, interfaces)
  • Basics of Spring MVC (POST of GET requests)
  • Basics of JDBC or Spring Data (insert or retrieve data from a database)
  • Java IDEs such as Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA
  • Testing APIs via Postman
  • Gradle
  • Docker and Docker Compose
  • Git
TECHNIQUES
  • Basic debugging
  • Code reviews
  • Code refactoring
  • Unit testing
  • Security testing

you will learn

In this series of liveProjects, you’ll learn how to add essential security features to a REST API.

  • Understanding an API specified in Open API Specification 3.0 using Swagger
  • Setting up an environment to implement the API specification provided using Java Spring
  • Implementing basic HTTP authentication with username and password as per standards
  • Testing the functionality of the reference API implementation using Postman

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