Introduction to Browser Security Headers

by Troy Hunt

Browser security headers provide a means for websites to describe how they should behave when loaded into the client. By specifying expected and allowable behaviors, security headers can thwart a number of otherwise serious attacks against websites.

What you'll learn

Security is all about defense in depth: applying layer upon layer of security controls such that any one single failure does not lead to a compromise of the application. One of those layers is the browser itself, which is becoming increasingly intelligent when it comes to implementing defenses. Security headers are a way of telling the browser how a website may behave when it’s loaded into the client. They provide numerous defenses against a variety of attacks in ways that have not previously been possible with security controls that ran solely on the server. In this course, we’ll walk through a number of essential security headers that provide even greater levels of defense for web applications. We’ll look at how they’re intended to work, what attacks they protect against, and how you can easily implement them in your website.

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About the author

Troy Hunt is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security. He's a regular conference speaker, frequent blogger at troyhunt.com and is the creator of the data breach notification service known as “Have I Been Pwned”.

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