12 weeks (1 evening per week)
Grant Aided Fee:
Grant Aided Cost €400
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Web applications are not just ubiquitous but carry an attraction and fascination for both user and developer alike. They have also become central to the commercial success of enterprises.  They provide user-friendly interfaces, quick access to valuable business resources and seamless deployment to remote users.  At the same time and for these very reasons web applications pose a major security risk for enterprises.  The frantic pace at which web applications are developed and deployed – often on tight budgets and with limited resources –  means that security considerations often garner scant attention. It is hardly surprising then to see that web apps pose some of the easiest targets for hackers and because these apps are situated within websites across every industry and sector as well as state and government services, the consequences of a security breach can be devastating.

That’s why this course is designed to create awareness of the need for the highest standards of security in developing web applications whether you are working as part of a team or alone. Effective security measures should be integrated into the web application development process. If your application is not tested and validated against security threats right from the initial stages of development, it may fail to protect valuable client data and resources from malicious attacks.

About the Certification

The course is worth 10 ECTS credits at Level 8 on the NFQ. On successful completion you will be awarded a Certificate in Application Security – Penetration Testing. Completion of the course entitles you to 250 Continuing Professional Development points with the Irish Computer Society.  It also completes part of the requirements to be awarded the Level 8 Honours BSc in Cyber Security from IT Blanchardstown under the Cybersecurity Skills Initiative. The BSc Degree course is mapped to the EU e-Competence Framework and will allow you on successful completion of the whole degree course, to be designated as a Certified IT Security Specialist.

Further Information & How To Apply

Candidates should have at least a Level 7 NFQ qualification or alternatively may apply under a non-standard entry process which recognises their prior experiential learning and experience.

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