Android App Development Free Online Course by University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is offering Android App Development free online course. The course is intended for anyone who already has some experience of mobile development, ideally on the Android platform.

On this free online course, you’ll learn about the common vulnerabilities found in Android apps, and how to detect and mitigate them. The course will start on January 2, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Android App Development
Institution: University of Southampton and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on January 2, 2017

Providers’ Details

University of Southampton

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world. From the birthplace of the technologies which drive the Internet to ground-breaking medical breakthroughs in conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and asthma, the University of Southampton has spent the last 60 years changing the world.

About This Course

84% of security breaches are at the application layer, according to Gartner research. With mobile devices and their applications holding more and more sensitive data – from people’s locations to their personal information and financial data – ensuring that they are secure is essential, if people and companies are to trust them, and prevent the reputational and legal damage of a data breach.

Learning Outcomes

On this free online course, you’ll learn about the common vulnerabilities found in Android apps, and how to detect and mitigate them. These skills are increasingly in demand as mobile applications proliferate in the workplace, and increasingly proof of secure code is required before companies will use them. Make security a priority during your Android app development to protect yourself, and the users of your application.

Over four weeks, the course will explore three aspects of developing secure apps in Android:

  • Why should you care about mobile app security? We’ll cover common application flaws, the cyber risk these expose, and how to control and mitigate this risk.
  • Security architecture on Android. We’ll examine the way the Android operating system compartmentalises code and uses permissions. We’ll demonstrate how to secure interprocess communication (IPC).
  • Static analysis of code. Finally, we’ll use the world’s most-adopted toolset, Fortify SCA from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, to identify and fix common vulnerabilities in Android apps. This is used by the majority of the largest IT companies, banks, pharmaceuticals, software vendors and telecommunications companies.

Instructors

Gary Wills

Gary is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chartered Engineer, and an Associate professor. He is the programme leader for the GCHQ certified programme in Cyber Security at Southampton.

Requirements

Secure Android App Development is intended for anyone who already has some experience of mobile development, ideally on the Android platform. You could be:

  • A student currently studying computer science and cyber security;
  • A professional who needs to understand the security risks associated with software development;
  • Or a programmer who needs to identify, analyse and manage risks, in order to make your coding and applications more secure.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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