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Secure Coding Learning Path


Here is our in-depth review of Secure Coding Learning Path, based on hours of rigorous testing and evaluation.

Updated: August 21, 2023

Bottom Line

Great option for learning security best practices for enterprise-grade applications.

This Course is Great For

  • Expert-led Learning
  • Real-world Examples

Fast Facts

Secure Coding Learning Path

Secure Coding Learning Path


By Gavin Johnson-Lynn, Peter Mosmans, others

💰 $45 per month 🕗 21 hours
👩‍💻 Videos, Code Files, Quizzes

#2 in The Best Online Courses for Learning Web Application Security in 2023

The path begins with several courses covering the OWASP Top 10 security risks and how to mitigate them in web applications. The second section covers goes deeper into how vulnerabilities are exploited, and how to prevent them.

Most of the courses in the path were published on or after 2022, so they are some of the most up-to-date video courses available.

As with other Pluralsight material, you get consistently high quality video training from industry practitioners. The courses are full of real-world insights and best practices.

If you're a fullstack JavaScript developer, you should consider taking the JWT Fundamentals course as well.

After taking the path, you may wish to go deeper into how to test applications for vulnerabilities, with the 14-hour Web App Pen Testing learning path.

Before You Buy

Pluralsight advertises labs as part of the learning path, but they are located in a separate part of the site. You may wish to practice the skills from this path with Test a Web Application Using Python.

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Why You Should Trust Us

Our course reviews are conducted by a team of technical professionals, course developers, and lifelong learners.

The lead of this project, Brian Green, has worked in developer education since 2009. He built the content development teams at Pluralsight and Udacity, implementing quality standards and tutorials to improve course quality and working with hundreds of authors to create courseware. Most recently, he built the product team at App Academy. As of writing, he estimates he has spent nearly a year of his life taking or reviewing online courses, on topics ranging from Web Development, Networking, Server Administration, DevOps, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.

How We Tested

Evaluation Criteria

We reviewed this course using the following criteria:

  1. Outcomes: The course needs to cover the essentials for someone to start working with Securing Web Apps in a professional capacity or on a professional-grade project. That means covering the right topics and not going beyond the scope of the course objectives.
  2. Learning Features: Real skill development happens with fingers on keys, particularly for learners moving from novice level. We looked for courses with more than just videos; exercises and projects were essential.
  3. Production Quality: The course should include polished and professional course materials. In 2024, the table stakes of even an average course are professional video production, uniform sound levels and noise-free audio, and course materials that are free of typos. Videos should also be captioned and transcribed.
  4. Real World Application: A great course teaches you enough to work on a production application. We looked for examples and best practices from professional experience, not just basic examples of how something works on a toy application.
  5. Support and Community: Learning is better together! We promote courses with thriving communities and rapid, helpful support for learners, and tend to rate courses lower if they lack community or if the community isn't valuable.

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