Two-Project Series

Encrypt API Traffic and Rate-limit Data Requests you own this product

basics of Ubuntu and VirtualBox • testing APIs via Postman
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encrypting traffic • reverse proxy with NGINX
Sashank Dara
2 weeks · 6-8 hours per week average · BEGINNER

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In this series of liveProjects, you’ll step into the role of a security engineer working for blog aggregator site ReadBytes. Your company takes news, blogs, and articles from across the web and condenses them into one feed for your clients. These aggregated articles can be accessed via web API. In order to improve the security of ReadBytes, your challenge in these liveProjects is to both encrypt website traffic to your website and provide a rate limit on the number of API requests per user. To do this, you’ll add encryption and rate limiting by using popular open-source web server NGINX.

These projects are designed for learning purposes and are not complete, production-ready applications or solutions.

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Project 1 Encrypt API Traffic for Privacy

In this liveProject, you’ll take on the challenge of encrypting web traffic to the ReadBytes news aggregator site. ReadBytes uses a REST API to distribute its content, and you’ll encrypt traffic with the popular open-source web server NGINX. You’ll inspect HTTP traffic, implement HTTPS protocols, and then inspect the HTTPS traffic again.

Project 2 Rate-limit API Data Use

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 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 series 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
  • Basics of Docker
  • Basic debugging
  • Security testing


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