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This project is part of the liveProject series Encrypt API Traffic and Rate-limit Data Requests
basics of Ubuntu and VirtualBox • testing APIs via PostMan
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encrypting traffic • reverse proxy with NGINX
Sashank Dara
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · BEGINNER
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In this liveProject, you’ll step into the shoes of a security engineer working for news aggregator ReadBytes. Your site uses a REST API to distribute its content, which is vulnerable to the ever-increasing risks of attacks like brute forcing and credential stuffing. Your manager wants you to provide rate limiting of requests to help secure your API. To do this, you’ll first perform your own brute force attack, then implement and test a rate limiter.

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Sashank Dara

Sashank Dara received his PhD in cybersecurity from IIIT-Bangalore in the area of applied cryptography and threat intelligence. He’s an expert cybersecurity technologist with more than 17 years of experience in the field, including as a consultant advisor for Manipal Global Education Services’ cybersecurity programs and as a security technology and strategy advisor for security startups including Appknox, Haltdos, and SecurityJourney.com. He remains a trusted information security consultant and advisor for top companies in EdTech, IT/ITes, academia, and real estate. He’s the co-inventor of 5 U.S. patents (and 3 IETF drafts) in the areas of cloud, SDN, and NFV security, and he’s published more than a dozen research papers at IEEE, LNCS conferences in the areas of cloud security, privacy, cryptography, and threat intelligence. A prolific speaker at security conferences and invited talks, 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.


This liveProject is for security operations engineers who know the basics of REST APIs. To begin this liveProject, you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basics of Ubuntu
  • Basics of VirtualBox
  • Basics of Web Server NGINX
  • Testing APIs via Postman
  • Basic debugging
  • Security testing

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In this liveProject, you’ll learn the essentials of rate limiting for REST APIs.

  • Understanding the real-world deployment of REST APIs via reverse proxy behind NGINX
  • Deploying the reference implementation given for the ReadBytes REST API
  • Learning the basics of rate limiting traffic and implementing it


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