Sebastopol, CA--"Deciding to add security to a web application is like deciding whether to wear clothes in the morning, " writes security expert Christopher Wells. "Both decisions provide comfort and protection throughout the day, and in both cases the decisions are better made beforehand rather than later."
In his new book--Securing Ajax Applications (O'Reilly, $49.99)--Wells explains: "If your application is on the Internet, it is on the front lines of your network. It is like a door to the outside world that allows visitors to come in and check out whatever you have to offer. Your application needs to be secure and you need to be aware of the dangers an application can open to your network."
That's why Wells aims to teach web developers and programmers how to make vital security decisions before problems arise. And throughout his new book, Wells also systematically explores methods for maintaining web application security in today's open and creative Web 2.0 environment. And he details how to locate gaps and what to do to plug vulnerabilities before attackers take advantage of them.
Wells convincingly demonstrates why web security isn't just for administrators and backend programmers. Indeed, web applications don't have security guards to protect them. And there is no enforcer to beat the living bytes out of would-be attackers. Today it's up to web developers everywhere to build security into their applications.
"For applications to succeed they must have our trust," Wells says. "Trust should be earned." Wells urges developers to use security as their distinction --and "Securing Ajax Applications" shows them how.
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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Securing Ajax Applications: Ensuring the Safety of the Dynamic Web
ISBN: 0-596-52931-7, $44.99 USD
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