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Discover how the Spring Security framework can provide multi-level protection and security for applications.

What is Spring Security?

Spring Security is a framework used for securing Java-based applications. When securing an application through Spring Security, you can protect against exploits and make authentication and integrations more secure. You can achieve this with filter chains customized to meet a client's specific security needs.Footnote 1 This process includes support for authentication and authorization, session management, secure communication, and various other security features.

With Spring Security, developers can protect applications against outside security threats like clickjacking, cross-site request forgery, and session fixation.

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Spring Security tutorial curriculum

If you are interested in learning how to use Spring Security, consider enrolling in online courses. 

Beginners can learn the Spring framework first, which may include fundamental security concepts like authentication and authorization, the various authorization mechanisms Spring Security uses, and guidelines for securing applications. Those who want to delve deeper into the topic can study RESTful API security, learn how to use Spring Security to store and retrieve passwords, and develop a more comprehensive understanding of security testing and monitoring techniques. 

Learners aiming to acquire advanced expertise might explore more sophisticated topics including how to:

  • Set security configurations for Spring applications

  • Define user roles and set different security levels

  • Protect against community security vulnerabilities

  • Use Spring Boot as a framework for Spring Security configurations

Learning Spring Security can supplement your knowledge of cybersecurity and Java development. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore Spring Security jobs

Spring Security can be used across a range of job roles. Some examples include: 

  • Software developer: Responsible for creating original code and debugging existing code.Footnote 2 Spring Security can be useful for developers to strengthen the security of the applications they’re creating.

  • Java developer: Primarily works with Java, a widely used programming language. Security is always a prevalent concern when a developer needs to create or update an application, so knowledge of security tools is a plus.Footnote 3

  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA) developer: Works within the service-oriented architecture model of software development.Footnote 4 SOA developers can use Spring Security to secure their APIs and add security filters.

  • Technical lead: Oversees a software development team, providing general assistance and guidance through the process.Footnote 5 Tech leads need to have a thorough understanding of what their team does, which includes security.

  • Java architect: Ideates and typically engages in projects from start to finish, unlike developers who may contribute only to specific phases.Footnote 6 Tools like Spring Security can help them build security architecture into an application.

  • Full-stack developer: Works on the front- and back-end of an application. They take on the responsibility of ensuring secure communication between an application and a server and configuring control user rules and permissions.Footnote 7

  • Cybersecurity analyst: Assesses threats and risks of cyberattacks.Footnote 8 Spring Security can be a useful tool for identifying and mitigating risks.

  • Quality assurance tester: Helps to identify potential risks or defects with code. This ensures that software developers receive the feedback they need about usability before a product has a wide release, including security features such as those you’d test with Spring Security.Footnote 9

Each of these roles will have different education and skill requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a coding boot camp. For more in-depth coverage of security principles, a cybersecurity boot camp might be a suitable choice. Both options may involve completing projects that can be added to portfolios when job hunting. 

How to use Spring Security in your career

Knowledge of Spring Security can benefit professionals like software developers and cybersecurity analysts. Spring Security enables you to secure Spring-based applications and provides a range of options to choose from. Learning how to secure applications using Spring Security OAuth2, Spring Boot Security, Spring Security SAML, or Spring Security Maven gives you the flexibility to contribute to various projects. For example, a software developer might use Spring Security to integrate security testing into their agile development cycle, helping to ensure their applications meet the required security standards from the get-go. This can help with rapid deployments and continuous development pipelines while also ensuring stronger application security.

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