New book – “Securing Ajax Applications”

Securing Ajax Applications covers basic security techniques and examines vulnerabilities with JavaScript, XML, JSON, Flash, and other technologies. Wells, also, clearly and succinctly explains how the same back-and-forth communication that makes Ajax so responsive also gives invaders new opportunities to gather data, make creative new requests of a server, and interfere with exchanges between websites and their visitors. This timely resource teaches developers how to build secure Ajax applications.

Topics include:

  • An overview of the evolving web platform, including APIs, feeds, web services, and asynchronous messaging
  • Web security basics, including common vulnerabilities, common cures, state management, and session management
  • How to secure web technologies, such as Ajax, JavaScript, Java applets, Active X controls, plug-ins, Flash, and Flex
  • How to protect your server, including front-line defense, dealing with application servers, PHP, and scripting
  • Vulnerabilities among web standards such as HTTP, XML, JSON, RSS, ATOM, REST, and XDOS
  • How to secure web services, build secure APIs, and make open mashups secure.

The author, Christopher Wells, has deployed security solutions for major healthcare, telecommunication, and financial industries, and is currently employed as an Information Security Consultant for a major financial institution. He is an accomplished applications security architect with over 10 years of application security experience. Christopher holds multiple security certifications including a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP).

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