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Ethical Hacking: An Introduction

Learn the principles and methods of ethical hacking and penetration testing, and build your ethical hacking skills.

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Ethical Hacking: An Introduction
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This course is part of the program Ethical Hacking, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security. Find out more.

Explore the principles and methods of ethical hacking

What is ethical hacking? How does it work? What principles do ethical hackers follow? Answer these questions and more with the course introducing ethical hacking. You will have the opportunity to learn the principles of ethical hacking and consider its legal and methodological foundations.

You’ll also explore the processes and legal framework of penetration testing and take part in a simple exploitation exercise in the first of a series of carefully-constructed scenarios designed to develop your ethical hacking skills.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to ethical hacking
  • Legal aspects of penetration testing
  • Penetration testing methodologies
  • Practical hacking exercise

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the principles and aims of penetration testing
  • Interpret the legal framework in relation to ethical hacking
  • Explore standard penetration testing methodologies
  • Perform a simple attack on a target machine

Who is the course for?

This course is for professionals and students who already have some knowledge of computer science – or a related discipline – and want to understand more about ethical hacking principles, practices and legislation.

This course is the first in the Ethical Hacking program, part of the MSc Cyber Security.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Dan Goldsmith is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Coding at Coventry University.
He teaches on the Ethical Hacking course, and his interests include Reverse Engineering, PenTesting and the IOT.

Dr. Christo Panchev is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Coventry University with more than 20 years experience in industry and higher education, research and teaching in A.I. and Cyber Security.

Associate Lecturer, MSc Cybersecurity Coventry University Online

Deputy Course Director, Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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