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Intelligence Gathering and Scanning

Knowing your target and the people, processes and technologies behind it will help maximise the chances of a successful attack.

Intelligence Gathering and Scanning
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Learn the key steps in intelligence gathering and scanning of a target

One of the most important steps of penetration testing is intelligence gathering. This short course will show you how to profile your targets using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Google Hacking, before moving onto scanning and fingerprinting in order to find potential vulnerable targets and attack vectors.

What topics will you cover?

  • Passive intelligence gathering
  • Google Hacking
  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) techniques
  • Port scanning and fingerprinting
  • Automated vulnerability audit tools (OpenVAS/Nessus)

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of open source tools for intelligence gathering
  • Explore how freely available information (ie information available via Google) can be used to develop an understanding of people and organisations
  • Explore how to get information on the physical structure of a target network
  • Collect and analyse information to determine attack vectors

Who is the course for?

The course is for MSc Cyber Security students.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

Kali Linux and a web browser.

Who will you learn with?

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.

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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