Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science

Department

Computer Science and Statistics

First Advisor

Victor Fay-Wolfe

Abstract

Utilizing intentionally vulnerable web applications to teach and practice cyber security principles and techniques provides a unique hands-on experience that is otherwise unobtainable without working in the real world. Creating such applications that emulate those of actual businesses and organizations without exposing actual businesses to inadvertent security risks can be a daunting task. To address these issues, this project has created Porous, an open source framework specifically for creating intentionally vulnerable web applications. The implementation of Porous offers a simplified approach to building realistic vulnerable web applications that may be tailored to the needs of specific cyber challenges or classroom exercises.

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