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Security on Rails


You need to know how to defend yourself.

Designing security into an application is a little like getting insurance. You know you really need it, you probably keep putting it off, and deep down you’re sure disaster won’t happen to you. But secure application design is no longer an option, and it’s not something you can put off. You need it now, and you need to do it well.

Security on Rails (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95) provides you with the tools and techniques you need to defend your Rails applications against attackers. With Security on Rails, you’ll see the very techniques that hackers use, and then see for yourself how to create secure Rails applications that counteract the threats.

Authors Ben and David point out, “Many development organizations require that architecture be reviewed by someone security-savvy. This process works well for projects that have long life cycles and massive budgets. But let’s face it, heavyweight processes don’t fit for the majority of Ruby on Rails developers. One of the strengths of Ruby on Rails is its agility—security should be applied with the same spirit.”

As a Rails developer, it is essential that you understand how to assess risk and protect your data and your users. With this book, you’ll learn the steps you need to take to control all access to information and authenticate users, including cryptography concepts and authorization. In addition, you’ll see how to integrate your applications with external management systems; in short, all the crucial details you must consider to protect yourself and your data.

Security on Rails helps beginner and intermediate developers to take control of their applications and guard against attacks.

What People Are Saying

“This book is the life preserver that Ruby on Rails developers need to keep them from drowning in a sea of security problems.”—John Viega, CTO, Software-as-a-Service, McAfee, Inc.

About the Authors

Ben Poweski has developed software for the last decade for the business world and as an entrepreneur. David Raphael works as a software development manager for McAfee, Inc.

Book Information

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Security on Rails

by Ben Poweski and David Raphael

ISBN: 9781934356487, 304 pages, $34.95US, $43.95CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

About Pragmatic Bookshelf

The Pragmatic Bookshelf features books written by developers for developers. The titles continue the well-known Pragmatic Programmer style, and continue to garner awards and rave reviews. As development gets more and more difficult, the Pragmatic Programmers will be there with more titles and products to help programmers stay on top of their game.


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