Android™ app development is a valuable skill set for a programmer today. An important part of that skill set is the ability to create apps that protect you, your users, and your users’ organizations from attack. In this course, you will learn why it is critical to build security into your Android apps, how to improve your programming processes to promote security, and how to provide countermeasures for the numerous threats to which an Android app and its users are exposed.
In this course, you will harden native Android mobile apps against attack, and ensure secure network communications and backend web services.
Explain why an organization should devote time and resources to app security, including a specific rationale for Android app development.
Identify where and how the Android system architecture is vulnerable to security threats.
Employ strategies to promote the security of mobile apps, including specific strategies for Android.
Enable an Android app to communicate securely with hardware and software on the device.
Enable an Android app to secure data through encryption.
Enable an Android app to store data securely.
Enable an Android app to communicate securely over networks and with web services.
Use the WebView component securely.
Protect credentials in storage and in transit.
Harden an Android app against attack to levels appropriate for the risk model.
This course is intended for a programmer or web developer who is experienced with mobile app development in Android and wants to learn how to develop secure apps that are hardened against attack to levels that are appropriate for the risk model of the app. The student has experience developing Android apps and is familiar with the Android SDK, development tools, and processes.
To ensure your success, you should have experience developing Android apps in Java using Eclipse and the Android SDK. To meet this prerequisite, you can take the Logical Operations course Developing Android™ Mobile Apps for Business.
A general understanding of information technology security is also helpful, but not required. Logical Operations offers various courses on information technology security, including CompTIA® Security+.
Course-specific Technical Requirements
Lesson 1: The Rationale for Android App Security
- Topic A: Identify the Need for Security
- Topic B: Identify Security Requirements and Expectations
- Topic C: Include Security in Your Development Processes
- Topic D: Identify Your Approach to Risk Management
Lesson 2: The Android Security Architecture
- Topic A: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Android Security Architecture
- Topic B: The Android Permissions Model
- Topic C: Android Vulnerabilities
Lesson 3: Employing Secure Mobile App Development Strategies
- Topic A: Follow App Security Best Practices
- Topic B: Design for Security
- Topic C: Write Secure Java Code
Lesson 4: Accessing Local Processes and Devices Securely
- Topic A: Select Countermeasures for Local Threats
- Topic B: Implement Secure Access of Local Processes and Hardware
Lesson 5: Securing Data Through Encryption
- Topic A: Select Countermeasures for Threats to Cleartext Data
- Topic B: Implement Encryption
Lesson 6: Accessing Local Storage Securely
- Topic A: Identify Countermeasures for Local Storage Threats
- Topic B: Implement Secure Access of Local Storage
Lesson 7: Communicating with Networks and Web Services Securely
- Topic A: Identify Countermeasures for Networking Threats
- Topic B: Implement Secure Network Communication
Lesson 8: Using the WebView Component Securely
- Topic A: Identify Countermeasures for WebView Component Threats
- Topic B: Implement WebView Security
Lesson 9: Protecting Credentials in Storage and Transit
- Topic A: Identify Countermeasures for Threats to Credentials
- Topic B: Implement Secure User Authentication
Lesson 10: Hardening Apps Against Attack
- Topic A: Identify Countermeasures for Reverse Engineering Threats
- Topic B: Harden an App
Appendix A: Categories of Permissions
Appendix B: CompTIA ADR-001 Exam Objectives Mapping