In today’s digitally connected world, there's an application to do just about anything. Applications influence and shape so many aspects of our everyday life, including how we interact with our friends, how we work, what goods and services we buy and how we buy them, how we learn, and even how we spend our free time. Because applications play such an important role in our personal and professional lives, they're an attractive target for cybercriminals looking to exploit any opportunity.

Here, you’ll learn to describe what applications are, relative to other types of software, and how they can become attack vectors for cybercriminals. You'll also see the steps you can take to reduce the risk and be confident that the apps you use are safe.

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe what applications are.
  • Describe the threat landscape of applications.
  • Describe common application-based security controls.