Prompt Engineering: Web Application & Database Hacking in the Age of GenAI

Explore ethical hacking with AI for web application and database security. Learn to mitigate AI-assisted attacks, secure databases, and patch vulnerabilities effectively.

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About this course

This course is a comprehensive journey into the tools and techniques available to ethical hackers to discover vulnerabilities and weaknesses in web applications and databases. Particular attention will be paid to how generative artificial intelligence (AI) can help in the discovery and mitigation of attacks on these technologies, including those enhanced by integrating AI in the attack. You'll start by exploring common web application and database vulnerabilities and how they are exploited and mitigated. You'll also examine common database hacking techniques. Next, you will explore how generative AI can be applied to enhance the security of web applications and databases and you will conduct a generative AI-assisted SQL injection attack in a simulated environment. Then, you'll explore strategies to secure Web applications and databases and use generative AI and prompt engineering to detect and address vulnerabilities in a web application. You'll explore the implications of AI-enhanced Web and database hacking and consider the importance of regular updates and patches. Lastly, you'll review and assess real-world case studies of web application and database hacking and focus on the potential impact of generative AI on such attacks.

Learning objectives

  • Discover the key concepts covered in this course
  • List common vulnerabilities in web applications
  • Outline how generative artificial intelligence (ai) and prompt engineering could potentially exploit or mitigate web application vulnerabilities

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Expert-led videos

In this course, you'll watch videos created by industry-leading experts for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. They'll cover key concepts, go through sample applications, prepare you for industry certifications, and more. Watch on any device — whenever and wherever you want — to learn at your own pace.

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How To Get Hands-on Hacking Practice (Without Breaking The Law)

Cory Stieg
Oct 4, 2022

Much like learning how to do a backflip or training to become a firefighter, you can’t just practice hacking anywhere — you need a safe and controlled setting, otherwise you could cause harm to yourself and others.

Ethical hacking is when a programmer has permission to use their technical skills to intentionally break into computer systems and access sensitive data to find common vulnerabilities within code that other people have written. The difference between ethical and unethical hacking usually comes down to consent and intent; a malicious hacker would use these same skills (without permission) to steal information or assets for financial gain or cause other harm.

To be clear, accessing data in a system without authorization is illegal, and one of the key principles of ethical hacking is to obey the law. So if you’re interested in having a career that involves hacking, like a Penetration Tester or Security Analyst, you might be wondering how you can get hands-on practice without, you know, breaking the law.

Here are some (definitely legal) resources that you can use to gain hands-on ethical hacking experience without putting yourself or others in danger.

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