CSF 538 - Penetration Testing

Course Description

This online provides an overview of advanced techniques used in assessing the security of networks and identifying vulnerabilities. It allows students to investigate state-of-the-art research in the field. It combines graduate seminar-style elements with applications elements to allow students to apply techniques found in current research. Relevant topics may include network traffic analysis, session hijacking, social engineering, application exploitation, rootkits, network sniffers as well as developing threats.

Prerequisite

CSF 432: Introduction to Network and Systems Security (Fall; 4 credits)

Semesters Taught

CSF 538 is taught online in the Summer semesters.

Course Format

This course is composed of weekly modules that include an assigned reading, an online video lecture, a quiz, and a hands on assignment. Typically, new material for the week is released on Friday and due the following Friday. Students will have access to all of the necessary material through an online classroom that is maintained by the University. Part of this online classroom is a discussion board that allows students to anonymously communicate with each other and the instructor.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  • TCP/IP Review
  • Cryptographic Concepts & Physical Security
  • Footprinting Tools and Techniques
  • Network Scanning
  • Computer Systems Attacks
  • Wireless vulnerabilities
  • Web and Database Attacks
  • Malware, Worms and Viruses; Trojans and back doors
  • Sniffers, Session Hijacking and Denial of Service Attacks
  • Linux, Live CDs, Automated Assessment Tools
  • Defensive Technologies

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