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Security for Software Engineers

1st Edition

By James N. Helfrich

Chapman and Hall/CRC

345 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Security for Software Engineers is designed to introduce security concepts to undergraduate software engineering students. The book is divided into four units, each targeting activities that a software engineer will likely be involved in within industry.

The book explores the key areas of attack vectors, code hardening, privacy, and social engineering. Each topic is explored from a theoretical and a practical-application standpoint.


  • Targets software engineering students - one of the only security texts to target this audience.
  • Focuses on the white-hat side of the security equation rather than the black-hat side.
  • Includes many practical and real-world examples that easily translate into the workplace.
  • Covers a one-semester undergraduate course.
  • Describes all aspects of computer security as it pertains to the job of a software engineer and presents problems similar to that which an engineer will encounter in the industry.

This text will equip students to make knowledgeable security decisions, be productive members of a security review team, and write code that protects a user’s information assets.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Security

0: Security for Software Engineers

1: Roles

Unit 1: Attack Vectors

2: Classification of Attacks

3: Software Weapons

4: Social Engineering

Unit 2: Code Hardening

5: Command Injection

6: Script Injection

7: Memory Injection

8: Threat Modeling

9: Mitigation

Unit 3: Privacy

10: Authentication

11: Access Control

12: Encryption


A: Arrays

B: Function Pointers

C: V-Tables

D: Integers

E: The Callstack

F: The Heap

G: Further Reading

H: Works Cited

I: Glossary

J: Index

About the Author


James Helfrich earned his BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and his PhD from Idaho State University. After working as a Software Development Engineer and a Program Manager at Microsoft on the Office family of products, he has been teaching Computer Science at BYU-Idaho since 2006. His specialties include software development, humancomputer interaction, and security.


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General
COMPUTERS / Security / General