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This content is taken from the Coventry University & Institute of Coding's online course, Ethical Hacking: An Introduction. Join the course to learn more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsWe are RUN CMD a hyper realistic depiction of hackers as seen by the mass media. Why do we hack? For personal gain? for the challenge? for control? In 2017 hackers cost the world $172 billion. And its predicted that cybercrime will cost global business 2 trillion in 2015. Hackers are the problem, and also the solution. But what is the ethical framework that we must work within? How must we be controlled?

Why are we all here?

Our lives are heading deeper and deeper into cyberspace. Digital systems now process and store more of our personal data than ever before and are central to areas of critical national infrastructure.

Defending these systems is a significant challenge and one that we’ll explore in this introductory two-week course for the Ethical Hacking program. This forms part of the MSc Cyber Security online degree at Coventry University, delivered on FutureLearn.

This program comprises 10 weeks of study (five two-week short courses), taught right here on FutureLearn, and is followed by an additional period to submit an assessment – details of which can be found on the assessment tab of the program page.

This open course is designed to give you an idea of what to expect from the online learning experience and help you decide whether to enrol on the full program.

If you are studying this module at the same time as the Secure Design and Development program, you might notice there is overlap in some of the content. Although the some concepts are relevant to multiple areas of cyber security, you will find that you will be studying them from different angles, and in different levels of depth in different modules.

This week

Through this week’s activities, you’ll explore the main principles of information security.

Before we can teach you how to hack, we need to make sure that you’re aware of the ethical and legal issues of ethical hacking, so we will also:

  • Investigate some of the professional and ethical considerations of ethical hacking
  • Explore the legislation relevant to cyber security and ethical hacking in particular

We’ll also start building your technical skills in order to prepare you for the practical hacking activities later in the program.

Meet the team

Your lead educators are Christo Panchev, senior lecturer in Cyber Security at Coventry University, and Daniel Goldsmith, senior lecturer in the Institute of Coding at Coventry University.

You can follow your lead educators by selecting the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

Check your progress

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the ‘mark as complete’ button. This will update your progress page and will help you to keep track of which steps you’ve done. Any steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your ‘to do’ list.

You can check your progress page by selecting the ‘progress’ icon at the top of a step. There you’ll see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.

Join the conversation

We believe in the power of learning through conversation, so instead of having separate forums or discussion boards, you can leave comments, share your thoughts and have a conversation on almost every step of this course.

You can ‘like’ comments made by other learners, filter them in a variety of ways (including most liked) and bookmark those you find useful.

If you want to see all the recent comments on the course, just select the ‘activity’ icon. If you’re following someone, you can filter this list to show their comments and any others you’ve bookmarked.

Your task

Open courses like this attract people from different backgrounds who are interested in studying for different reasons.

Introduce yourself in the comments below and tell us why you’re here.

What are you hoping to get from the course? What do you already know about hacking? Have you ever considered the ethics of it?

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Ethical Hacking: An Introduction

Coventry University