Three-Project Series

JSON Web Token (JWT) Authentication for APIs

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In this series of liveProjects, you’re a software developer at a startup called SimplySpend, which helps companies track employee spending. You are entrusted with building procurement applications by creating REST APIs for web and mobile apps. As the apps contain sensitive financial information, you need to add JWT (JSON Web Token)-based authentication and authorization. You’ll use a JWT mechanism to ensure an API is secure against different types of attacks, while still remaining accessible for clients. Each project in this series covers a different part of token authentication, so you can learn the skills that are most relevant to you.

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

here's what's included

Project 1 Authentication
In this liveProject, you’ll implement authentication using JSON Web Tokens (JWT) for a REST API. You’ll set up sign-up, login, and logout functionality, as well as authenticated retrieval of user details. You’ll even generate the skeleton implementation of the API, then test your code with Postman.
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Project 2 Authorization
In this liveProject, you’ll implement role-based access controls to authorize user operations with JWT. You’ll set up a workflow whereby a purchase order must be approved by a manager, and then develop a functionality to remove permissions from a user once they leave an organization.
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Project 3 Fixing Vulnerabilities
In this liveProject, you will secure your REST API by identifying and fixing the basic vulnerabilities in JWT implementations in addition to tackling Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities, finding and fixing Cross-Site Request Forgery vulnerabilities, and exploiting and then securing Cross-Origin Resource Sharing misconfiguration.

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 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.


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includes 3 liveProjects
liveProject $20.00 $59.99 self-paced learning