CYT230 - Mobile Application Security Assessment

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Subject Title
Mobile Application Security Assessment

Subject Description
This course provides students with concepts of discovering and exploiting flaws in mobile applications on a variety of platforms. Students learn a proven methodology for approaching mobile application assessments, and the techniques used to prevent, disrupt, and remediate the various types of attacks. Coverage includes data storage, cryptography, transport layers, data leakage, injection attacks, runtime manipulation, security controls, and cross-platform apps, with vulnerabilities highlighted and detailed information on the methods hackers use to get around standard security.

Credit Status
One Credit

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

  1.     Explain cellular network functions, attacks, and attack countermeasures for voice calls, voicemail, and SMS
  2.    Conduct software security assessment of mobile applications to find vulnerabilities
  3.    Leverage mobile-device-specific exploit frameworks to gain unauthorized access to target devices
  4.    Manipulate the behavior of mobile applications to bypass security restrictions
  5.    Make decisions regarding installation and use of mobile apps based on a risk assessment
  6.    Students can demonstrate and be assessed on their ability to list types of mobile malware
  7.    Analyze Apple iOS and Android applications with reverse-engineering tools
  8.    Identify Web browser services and attacks on mobile platforms and recommend countermeasures
  9.   Conduct an analysis of IOS and Android file system date to plunder compromised devices and extract sensitive mobile device use information.

Essential Employability Skills
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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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