Four-Project Series

Authentication, Authorization, and Audit Management for APIs you own this product

basics of Java 11 • basics of Spring MVC • basics of JDBC or Spring Data • basic debugging • Postman for API Testing
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HTTP authentication with username and password • implementing session management • access control testing • logging requests for auditing purposes
Sashank Dara
4 weeks · 5-7 hours per week average · BEGINNER

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In this series of liveProjects, you’ll set up authentication, authorization, and audit management capabilities for a REST API used by an HR employee leave management application. This application has both web and mobile versions, and handles sensitive employee data. It’s essential that the API is safe and secure. Each liveProject in this series covers a different part of the process, so you can choose the right experience for your needs.

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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.


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

  • Basics of Java, min. version 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, min. version 6.4.1
  • Docker, min. version 17.03, and Docker Compose, min. version 1.22.0
  • Git
  • 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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