SEC701 - Ethical Hacking

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Subject Title
Ethical Hacking

Subject Description
This subject explores various tools and techniques used by various members of the security community (white hats, black hats and grey hats). Students will learn how the tools work and how to recognize the activity of those tools on the network as well as locally on a server or workstation. Major topics will include ethical hacking, footprinting, scanning, enumeration, system hacking, trojans and backdoors, sniffers, Denial of Service (e.g. DoS, DDoS), Session hijacking as well as "hacking web servers". Students will conduct attacks in a controlled environment using both Windows and Linux servers/desktops in this one-semester hands-on course.

Credit Status
1 credit in the CTY program.

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

  • Use a variety of tools to perform penetration tests
  • Describe the process of conducting a penetration test
  • Describe, configure and utilize various penetration testing tools
  • Discover existing security vulnerabilities in software and networks and recommend solutions

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.

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.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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