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PHP Security Microdegree 

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200+ Hours of Learning 

100+ Virtual Lab Exercises

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Top Job Roles in Tech and Cybersecurity for PHP Experts

The PHP Security Microdegree will help you gain the required skills for many in-demand job roles worldwide.

*Note: All salary information was retrieved from and is up to date as of July 6, 2022. The salaries mentioned are an estimate for professionals employed in the United States. Actual salaries may vary based on location, education and other qualifications, skills showcased during the interview, and other factors.

PHP Developer

Role Overview: Code Analysis | Development & Database Optimization | Testing |Maintenance
Average Salary: USD 94,068*

Full Stack Developer

Role Overview: Developing Front End Website Architecture | Designing Web Page User Interactions | Creating Servers and Databases for Functionality | Designing and Developing APIs. Average Salary: USD 99,455*  

Front End Developer

Role Overview: Creating, Maintaining, and Improving User-friendly Websites | Providing High-quality Graphics and Visual Elements | Optimizing Web Applications for Maximum Speed Average Salary: USD 102,105*

Back End Developer

Role Overview: Creating, Coding, and Improve the Server, Server-side Applications, and Databases Average Salary: USD 116,286*

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As global tech leaders and organizations continue to rely on PHP, cyber professionals with skills and PHP certification will play an integral role in the cybersecurity industry.

EC-Council's Microdegrees are designed to help you master in-demand tech skills in the shortest time possible. Through best-in-class curriculum design and integration with our world-class virtual lab environment, iLabs, you can now master PHP in just 3 months!  

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Prologue: A Refresher on PHP

This chapter introduces PHP and touches on elements of the language, with a focus on security.

Chapter 1: Architecture of a Web Application

This chapter introduces the common elements of a web application and how to configure them to your advantage.

Includes 2 lab exercises: Creating a Local Development Environment, and Practice Environment

Chapter 2: Migrating to PHP 7

This chapter introduces PHP7 and why you need to use it instead of PHP5.

Includes 8 lab exercises: Starting up a Virtual Machine, Installing Docker, Connecting to a VM with Visual Studio Code, Cloning the Example Project, Setting up phan and php7mar, Running Automated Tests, and Manual Checks

Chapter 3: Configuring Your Web Server for Security

This chapter covers how to set up and secure a web server.

Includes 6 lab exercises: Starting up a Virtual Machine, Installing Docker, Connecting to a VM with Visual Studio Code, Setting up a docker-compose File, Finding Out Where PHP Loads Its Config Files From, and Configure PHP for Production

Chapter 4: Serverless Applications in AWS

This chapter includes running PHP on modern serverless architectures.

Includes 9 lab exercises: Using VCS to Connect to the EC2 VM, Installing the AWS CLI, Creating an ECR repository and Building the Image to Push to ECR, Configuring the Service and Cluster, Viewing the Service, and Cleaning up

Chapter 5: Defining Security Requirements

This chapter is about defining the security requirements of your system at the outset of the project.

Includes 6 lab exercises; Creating a Checklist, Advising the CTO on Your Level of Assurance, Performing Automated Scan, Updating Your Checklist, Creating a Tracking Document, Reflecting on the Experience

Chapter 6: Leverage Security Frameworks and Libraries

This chapter includes how to use existing security frameworks and libraries.

Includes 15 lab exercises: Connecting to VM, Setting up PHP Project, Adding the Dependency Container, Creating a Public Index File, Adding and Completing a Router Class, Adding the Dispatch Handler, Passing the Request to the Router, Stepping Through the Flow Process, Installing the OAuth2 Package, Setting up the Client Repository, and Adding the Scope Repository

Chapter 7: Secure Database Access

This chapter covers securing access to a database.

Includes 5 lab exercises: Creating an RDS instance, Allowing Your EC2 Instance, Creating a MySQL User and a Laravel Project, and Connecting to MySQL Securely

Chapter 8: Encode and Escape Data

This chapter introduces the principle of ‘filter input escape output.

Includes 9 lab exercises: Setting up a Project Dev Environment, Creating a Vulnerable HTML Page and a Script Vulnerable to SQL Injection, Adding a Log, Exploit Lack of HTML Escaping and SQL Escaping, and Attempt Log Poisoning

Chapter 9: Validate All Inputs

This chapter introduces the validation of input.

Includes 6 lab exercises: Setting up Dev Environment, Creating the Upload Form, Coding the Form Action Script, Validating the File, Scanning for Viruses, and Moving Uploaded File

Chapter 10: Implement Digital Identity

This chapter covers authentication through implementing digital identity.

Includes 9 lab exercises: Preparing Dev Environment, Installing Google Authenticator, Setting up Laravel Installation and Enabling Authentication, Adding a Migration to Support 2FA, User Routes, and Controller Methods, Amending the Auth Controller, and Creating a Form Request

Chapter 11: Enforce Access Controls

This chapter is about authorization through implementing access controls.

Includes 11 lab exercises: Creating a Dev Environment, Setting up PHP Project and Dependency Container, Staring the Main Index File and Route Handling Classes, Dispatching the Request in Main.php, Setting up Middleware, Adding and Configuring Authorization, and Using Roles

Chapter 12: Protect Data Everywhere

This chapter introduces the concept of protecting data everywhere.

Includes 6 lab exercises: Moving Control to Our Domain Nameserver to Cloudflare and Configuring It, Generating a Free HTTPS Certificate, Setting up a Private Webserver, Installing HAproxy and Setting up HTTPS Certificate, and Creating and Installing a Self-signed Certificate

Chapter 13: Implement Security Logging and Monitoring

This chapter introduces logging and monitoring security events.

Includes 6 lab exercises: Creating the Dev Environment, Setting up Docker Stack and Logstash, Setting up Laravel, Configuring Monolog, Adding Logging/ and Testing

Chapter 14: Handle All Errors and Exceptions

This chapter covers error handling and exception management.

Includes 8 lab exercises: Preparing a Dev Environment, Creating an Example Application, Exposing Problems Using a Fuzzer, Configuring PHP to Log Errors and Creating a Central Error Handler, and Setting the Inputs to Some of the Problems.

Chapter 15: OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities

This chapter introduces the OWASP top 10.

Includes 8 lab exercises: Setting up a Remote Dev Environment, Installing Java and OWASP ZAP, Restrict HTTP Access and Deploy DVWA to VM, Logging in to DVWA with ZAP, and Installing OWASP Juice Shop and Tools to VM

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Modules covering everything you need to know to become a proficient PHP programmer  

Over 100 labs to practice everything you’re learning  

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Earn a Certificate of Achievement

The microdegree includes a proctored final exam that tests your skills. After passing the exam, you’ll earn an official certificate of achievement from EC-Council.  

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Practice Live with Simulated Labs 

True mastery comes with practice! The Microdegree program gives you access to our best-in-class virtual environment, iLabs.

Your 6-month access includes over 100 lab exercises you can practice live while learning. 

Here are the most popular lab exercises included in your PHP Security Microdegree program: 

Upgrading to PHP 7 

Securing your Web Server 

Defining Service Requirements 

Leveraging Frameworks and Limitations  

Validating Inputs  

Implementing Digital Identity  

Securing Database Access 

Enforcing Access Controls  

Encoding and Escaping Data 

The PHP Security Microdegree will help you learn the practical skills to develop secure web applications. It will help you write better code, spot common problems, and use tools to identify them. If you want to advance in your PHP career by enhancing your skills, this course is for you!  

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Implementing Secure Logging  

Handling Errors and Exceptions  

Practical OWASP 10