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This course provides students with a detailed exposure to the methods, tools, and strategies used by bad actors (i.e. hackers) to breach and compromise computer systems and networks. Students will explore various hacking techniques and acquire hands-on experience in incident handling and response.
Students will get into the mindset of hackers, gaining insights into their motives, methodologies, and techniques. They will learn about common attack vectors including network scanning, vulnerability exploitation, password cracking, social engineering, and malware deployment. By gaining exposure to the techniques employed by hackers, students will be equipped to defend and secure computer systems and networks against potential risks and threats.
The course covers a wide variety of tools and technologies used in both offensive and defensive security. Students will have opportunities to explore popular hacking tools, including network analyzers, vulnerability scanners, password-cracking utilities, and intrusion detection systems. Practical exercises and simulations will enable students to apply these tools in real-world scenarios, honing their skills in identifying, mitigating, and responding to security incidents.
The incident handling aspect of the course focuses on preparing students to effectively respond to security incidents. Students will develop incident response plans, and practice analyzing and containing security breaches within the boundaries of the law and respecting individual privacy rights.