Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science


Computer Science and Statistics

First Advisor

Victor Fay-Wolfe


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.