CYT130 - Ethical Hacking and Vulnerability Testing

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Subject Title
Ethical Hacking and Vulnerability Testing

Subject Description
This course introduces students to what and who ethical hackers are, how they are different from non-ethical hackers, and why/how they are essential for protecting data from cyber-attacks. Students will look closely at the different types of tests that can be conducted by ethical hackers to assess the readiness of an organizations system to withstand cyber-attacks. The course also investigates the methods and tools used in cyber-attacks and their countermeasures, as well as available security resources that every organization needs to possess to be able to counter the different cyber-attack "types".  This will equip the students with the knowledge and techniques to successfully consider the different methods of combating hackers and cyber-attacks.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe different types of malicious software’s, viruses, malware attacks, and methods of network attacks, physical security attacks and vulnerabilities in order to protect our environment in efficient way.
  2. Describe web applications, their vulnerabilities and the tools used to attack them in order to prevent the attacks
  3. Analyze various hacking techniques and their effectiveness in order to be proactive to in protecting the IT environment
  4. Explain the motivations for attacks and defenses on computer systems and use this knowledge to assess the impact of both attacks and defenses
  5.  Demonstrate the use of tools and processes to identify malicious software and system-level infections in order to analyze then and prevent malware attacks and infections
  6. Demonstrate the use of tools to escalate privileges on a remote device
  7. Compare and contrast various techniques for launching server attacks to be able to close those vulnerability
  8. Differentiate various ethical hacking issues such as hacking, cybercrime, hacktivism and cyber terrorism in order to categorize the risk and impact in protecting the data

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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